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FREE training and event for 6-16 year olds

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest multi-sport youth event of its kind in the South East of England, offering FREE local training for those taking part. This unique programme brings together 6-16 year olds from Surrey who often don't have access to the sort of sporting opportunities that others take for granted.

After a break for the pandemic the Games made a triumphant return for 2022 with exciting new activities. Training kicked off after Easter in every one of the county's boroughs and districts, with a final, celebratory event at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on June 18.  Read more about the day and which borough won the Spirit of the Games award for their conduct.

The Games are firmly aimed at beginners who might not otherwise get the chance to attend clubs or are inactive and put off by the thought of competing against others. The focus is on joining in, having a go and having fun. 

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Participants running during games weekend

Activities on offer (& 'rules')

Thanks to training supplied by local borough and district councils, the countywide Surrey Youth Games event continues to evolve, especially with the support of headline sponsors Specsavers. 2022 saw the following events take place, all of which were capable opf being adapted for those with additional needs - click for guidance / rules on each activity:

New for 2022 - the Family Zone

Alongside the events on the day, players, spectators and other visitors were able to visit Family Zone that ran10am-4pm.

It hosted more FREE activities that kids could have a go at, including:

  • Circus skills
  • Soft archery
  • Climbing wall
  • Kangoo jumps
  • Rugby & football skills
  • …and much more
A page from the S S Y G impact report

The impact of the 2022 Games

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games are open to all, but are actively promoted to encourage those who might not normally get the chance to join a sports club, or are otherwise inactive.

Every year we assess the effect that the Games have had on the young people of Surrey. 2022 was the first time the training and main event had run since before the COVID pandemic and we're pleased to share the results in our 2022 Impact Report (or see the plain text version)

Girls judo match

Each year we are welcomed back to the world-class facilities at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, who act as venue sponsor.

To reduce the Games' environmental footprint and support hard pressed families we worked with boroughs and districts to provide further help with travel to the celebratory event in Guildford, as well as Stagecoach who ran the all day Park & Ride.

And of course, the whole training and event programme wouldn't exist without support from our headline sponsor, Specsavers. Thanks to them all.

Still not sure? Watch some action from a previous Games

The activities may have been different but the focus on getting young people trying new sports hasn't changed: hear what some young people had to say about their experience of a previous Games as a beginner.

Why we run the Games

Building positive habits early in life is vital for children’s long term health and the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games exist to get the county’s young people to be active. The formal objectives are:

  1. More young people reporting a positive attitude towards sport and building an active lifestyle through participation
  2. Sustained increase in levels of physical activity amongst inactive young people
  3. Increased positive engagement of less advantaged young people
Teen participant being interviewed
Two young tennis players on court

Who organises the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games?

The programme is coordinated by Active Surrey in association with each borough and district council in Surrey who provide all the free training, plus a range of local and national sport governing bodies.