FOR the first time ever disability football is to be included in the HSBC Manx Youth Games.
The tenth Manx Youth Games will take place on Saturday, May 21 at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.
The island’s biggest multi-sport event will attract more than 1,200 young people, aged between eight and 15 years, competing in one of 12 sports on the day.
Now for the first time in the history of the event, disability football will be included.
The Manx Sport and Recreation has been extremely committed to ensuring that all children can take part in the games regardless of their ability and have continually encouraged this over the past nine years.
As a development of this progress, Manx Sport and Recreation are now broadening the access to sport.
Therefore, this year will be the first time a specific disability sport will be included into the games to cater for a wide range of abilities.
Starting next week, youngsters, aged four to 16, can attend weekly football training sessions in all four regions of the island in preparation for the big day.
Training sessions will start on Monday (March 14) and will continue for six weeks.
These sessions will be facilitated by highly qualified coaches who will teach the children new skills and techniques in an inclusive environment.
All children will be given a Disability Football Training Booklet, which details information on all of the training sessions and provides more information on the day itself.
Parents and carers are advised to complete the application form at the back of the training booklet given out in schools and hand it to the coach on their child’s first session.
To receive a training booklet or for more information, contact disability sports development officer Zoe Carney on 688575 or at Zoe.Carney@gov.im
‘This is a great opportunity for children from all over the island to take part in such a prestigious sporting event!!’ she said.
The Manx Youth Games also includes athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey , netball, squash, swimming, table tennis and tag rugby. Training sessions for these started in February and continue through to May.