Encouraging children to get fit, equipping them with skills that will stay with them for life and ensuring they are part of a ‘fantastic sporting spectacle’.
That’s the ethos of the Manx Youth Games, which take place on Saturday at the National Sports Centre.
Over 1,200 young people aged four to 15 will compete in one of 12 sports, following weekly training sessions.
Department of Education senior sports development officer Gianni Epifani said: ‘Through the hard work of qualified coaches, children have learned new skills and their fitness has improved. The anticipation will be building as they prepare for the fantastic sporting spectacle.’
A highlight will be the opening ceremony at 10am when competitors, coaches and officials will march onto the track in their regional teams. To celebrate the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Queen’s Baton Relay will be presented.
The NSC will host athletics, badminton, basketball, hockey, squash, swimming and table tennis.
Netball will be staged at St Ninian’s Lower School, girls’ football and disability football will be at the Bowl, cricket will take place at Cronkbourne Cricket Club, tag rugby will use Douglas Rugby Club’s facilities at Port-e-Chee Meadow and crown green bowls will be played at Noble’s Park.
HSBC has supported the event since 2002.