Medway’s flagship school sport programme – the Mini Youth Games – celebrates the start of its 15th anniversary season next week.

The tag rugby competition at Medway Rugby Club on Tuesday, 8 October will involve 360 pupils from 36 schools. It is the first of 12 inter-primary school competitions being staged during the academic year.

Since its launch in 1999, the Mini Youth Games have given more than 25,000 young people the chance to enjoy competitive sport in a safe, friendly environment with an emphasis on fair play and respect for the opposition.

The Games are open to pupils from every primary school in Medway plus selected invited external schools. Prizes, including a fair play trophy, are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title. Leading schools also qualify for the Night of Champions finals as part of the summer Medway Festival of Sport.

In recognition of reaching the 15 year landmark, Medway Sport has added four new elements to the MYG offer to schools and pupils.

Mini Youth House Games – Medway Sport is helping schools to increase their competitive sport offer by organising internal events for individual schools or small groups of schools.

Mini Youth Teacher Training – Supporting teachers to develop their knowledge and skills through sport-specific coaching workshops.

Mini Youth Sports Coaching – An opportunity for Medway primary schools to receive free sports coaching in a variety of sports in preparation for MYG events. Mini Youth Sports Camps – Summer holiday sports camps for eight to 11-year-olds.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Community Services Portfolio Holder, said: “The Mini Youth Games programme is one of our cornerstone projects to deliver a lasting sporting legacy and inspire a generation through sport.

“The combination of the Mini Youth Games events, the Festival of Sport and the new elements of the Mini Youth Games provides year-round primary school sport designed to both maximise participation and encourage competitiveness.

“Good luck to everyone taking part in this 15th anniversary series.”

The Mini Youth Games programme is organised by Medway Sport, the council’s sporting legacy team. It is supported by local sports clubs, national governing bodies of sport and volunteers.

For full details of the Mini Youth Games series visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/medwaysport

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