Community Games will get students started in sportSecondary school students will gain an introduction to sport at a new event being held at the National Sports Centre next month.
The Community Games will give 11 to 18-year-olds who don’t belong to a school team, community club or Island squad the opportunity to take part in sport in a non-competitive environment, where the emphasis is on enjoyment.
‘As well as benefiting health, sport can bring about improved self-esteem and confidence and a wealth of other positive social skills,’ said Gianni Epifani, Senior Sport Development Officer with Manx Sport and Recreation, who is organising the games.
‘It’s hoped encouraging young people into sport in an environment they are comfortable in will lead to involvement in regular exercise and, for some, competitive sport.’
The games, on July 13th, will feature badminton, basketball, cricket, girls’ football, golf, judo, netball, rugby, snooker, swimming, bowls and shooting.
Students can gain a 20-minute taster of as many sports as they wish to try.
Some of the sports will come with a twist, said Gianni, including ‘Smash Up Badminton’, which is played to music, and Glow Sports, which promises to be a multi-sensory experience.
Bands from Soundcheck, the Department of Education and Children’s music project, will play and there will be a chill-out zone.
Gianni said: ‘Sports represented at the games will go on to offer special sessions after the event for young people until, hopefully, they are ready to dip their toe into community sport.
‘The Community Games offers them a starting point for a lifetime of involvement with sport.’
The games are being supported by Microgaming through the company’s PlayItForward initiative, which serves as an outlet for social good on the Island, most notably in the areas of health, education and sport.
Claire Coleman, Head of Microgaming PlayItForward, said: ‘The Community Games encompass many aspects of what Microgaming PlayItForward is about. Not only is the event providing an opportunity for students to take part in a variety of sports, it is also educating them about how playing netball or football doesn’t need to be ultra-competitive and can be fun and enjoyable.
‘Furthermore, it’s encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.
‘This is a fantastic project to be involved in and I’m sure the games, which are only a month away, will be a great success.’
Contact for further information/interview:
Gianni Epifani, Senior Sport Development Officer – 01624 688556