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York St John supports North Yorkshire Youth Games

On Sunday 4 July, 1,000 young people from North Yorkshire competed in the 11th annual North Yorkshire Youth Games held at Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick, sponsored by York St John University.

The Youth Games is one of the most important fixtures in the county’s sporting calendar. Young athletes along with disabled athletes represented all Local Authority areas within the county, across 9 different sports including Gymnastics, Netball and Cheerleading.

The journey to the games began six months ago for some of the participants when competitions were opened to children across the county of North Yorkshire. Thousands of young people aged between 8 and 16 years competed in interschool competitions and festivals to find the best representative teams for their district.

As headline sponsors for the Youth Games in 2010 and 2011, the University aims to build on its strong relationship with North Yorkshire Sport and raise aspirations amongst those young sporting stars who would not necessarily view higher education as an option for them.

Michelle Jones, Head of Subject for Sport at York St John University said:

“We are delighted to support local talent by sponsoring the Youth Games and it was fantastic to see so many young people participating in a wide range of sports. The sponsorship of the Youth Games highlights our strategy to have a positive impact on the local and regional community through partnership and community engagement.”

She added: “It was also great to engage with the volunteers, teachers, coaches and development officers and was fantastic to see how many York St John graduates were involved. The Youth Games is the ideal celebration event for young people to engage in sports and we aim to contribute to the youth talent development programme through our gifted and talented camps, workshops and coach education programmes.”

David Watson, Director of North Yorkshire Sport said:

“The Youth Games represents an important step towards developing more talented athletes in the region through a competitive but safe environment which can ultimately lead to regional and national representative honours.

“Every young person involved in the Games, from those who attend district festivals and Competitions to the event itself will be signposted to local clubs and groups to enable them to continue in their chosen sport which will hopefully lead to lifelong participation.”

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk