that there are still plenty of youngsters out there who
would rather be getting fit than sitting in front of their
Playstations, The North Yorkshire Youth Games is
an annual celebration of junior sport for 9-15 year olds
and seems to become increasingly popular every year.
More than a thousand children head to Harrogate from across
the county to take part in a wide variety of sports ranging
from athletics to football to swimming.
The event brings a brilliant atmosphere to the area and
offers a wonderful opportunity for children from all backgrounds
to come together in a sporting spirit.
The first Youth Games were held in York in 2000 to provide
a competitive opportunity for children. That ethos still
holds true and many of the 200 children who represented
Harrogate at the 2004 Games in York were novices in their
Harrogate’s Youth Games squads are generated in
different ways for different sports but most commonly
children are invited to attend ten week coaching programmes in the run up to the Games.
There are lots of opportunities to practice and improve
their skills before putting them into practice. All squads
are organised and supervised by the Council’s
Sports Development Team who undergo specialist health
and safety training.
The North Yorkshire Youth Games 2004 was the biggest and
best yet and Harrogate will continue to play a leading
role – who said children prefer to sit in front
of computer games all day?