Published Thursday, 23rd June 2022

Over the weekend, Team Reigate & Banstead took part in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2022.

70 of the borough’s young people rose to the challenge and have been learning a brand-new sport since April this year. Half of the group went on the represent the borough across six sports at the games.

The Games are aimed at beginners who might not otherwise be able to attend clubs or are inactive and put off by the thought of competing against others. The activities for 6-16yr olds included swimming (water confidence for early swimmers), street basketball, GoTri (a short cycle, row and run), inclusive dance, tennis, and judo.

Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Kanika Sachdeva said: “Learning a new skill or joining a new team can be nerve wracking, especially if you have not had the opportunity to take part in sport before. I am so proud of the young people from across our borough who attended in the training and competed in the games.

“After taking part in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, we hope that more young people will have a positive attitude towards sport and will sustain their participation with the relationships built in local clubs.”

Ahead of the Games, Team Managers in their respective activities mentored these young people at weekly sessions, with the focus on joining in, having a go, and having fun. Claire Wiley from Redhill Tennis Club said: “It was fantastic to see the improvement in ability, as well as confidence and watch the excitement peak when it came to Games Day, as our young people put what they had learnt into practise, alongside the 10 other Surrey boroughs and districts!”.Some of Team Reigate & Banstead at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2022

We would like to thank Active Surrey for organising the event and Specsavers for sponsoring, as well as our local sponsors; GLL and RLM Locksmiths.

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Head to Active Surrey's website to read more about the games.