The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth sports competition in the County. More than 2,000 competitors take part, representing the 11 boroughs and districts in Surrey in an Olympic style event. The Games are a great way for young people to get involved in a new sport and benefit from free coaching!
The annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games took part this year on the 23/24 June at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and Woking Leisure Centre. This year Team Tandridge came 5th out of 11 district/boroughs, which is a great improvement from year.
The multi-sport competition, involving all districts and boroughs in Surrey, came together after providing local children, up to eight weeks of free training to encourage them to take up a sport. In Tandridge many children were taking up a new sport for the first time.
This year in partnership with Tandridge District Council, Freedom Leisure offered training in Boxing, Badminton, Judo, Boccia, Tennis, Netball, Girls Football, Cricket and Rugby. Over 130 children registered for Team Tandridge and many enjoyed learning a new sport at the training sessions.
The competition weekend, though not compulsory, was a brilliantly organised event by Active Surrey where children who have attended training got the chance to play against the other districts and boroughs. Tandridge were able to register 16 teams this year.
All of the children who took part, and pulled on the blue Team Tandridge t-shirt, this year represented the district of Tandridge with pride. The weekend started amazingly well with the Under 11 Badminton A team winning gold medals and the B team finishing fourth out of 13 teams. Later in the afternoon the Badminton U14 teams performed well with the A team making it through to the quarter finals.
At the Surrey Sports Park, the girls cricket team went through the group stages to an exciting final against Epsom & Ewell and narrowly lost out earning them a well-deserved silver medal.
In Girls Football, the Under 9’s team enjoyed the Surrey FA’s skills stations and went unbeaten in all their matches. The Under 11’s football team won gold jointly with Reigate & Banstead, in an exciting final against Spelthorne.
On Sunday, our junior and senior boccia teams both competed against some tough opposition, and while they were playing inside, outside in the sunshine our two Netball High 5 teams played, with the A team finishing a fantastic 4th and U13’s netball team finishing 6th.
The Boxing team this year were amazing, with just two competitors they won silver medals beating off competition from over 100 children across Surrey.
To finish the weekend off, Tandridge left with a trio of bronze medals in Boys and Girls Judo.
Other highlights included watching Tandridge children meet Team GB Judoka Aaron Turner and Paralympic medallist, Stephanie Millward MBE.
Our thanks to the following clubs for their support and providing free training facilities this year to Tatsfield Martial Arts, Girls Attack, Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club, Fletchers Feathers, Moorhouse School , Matchpoint Tennis Club, Palace for Life Foundation and Old Caterhamians Rugby Club.
Be part of Team Tandridge at Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2019.
Do you live or go to school in Tandridge? If so, visit our website for 2019 information, to be posted early next year, to be able to try a new sport and the chance to represent the Tandridge district. Competitors get six weeks of FREE training sessions!