Free sports coaching for young people returns to Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a free sports coaching initiative

Calling all 7-16 year olds in Surrey Heath! Would you like to try out a new sport, or get better at one you already play?

Surrey Heath Borough Council, in conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and local sports clubs, are offering FREE coaching sessions for young people at a venue near you.

According to a recent report in The Guardian, three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates – but in an age where children spend on average twice as long playing on screens than playing outside, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games initiative encourages young people to try something different.

By offering coaching aimed at beginners rather than experienced club players, the initiative creates an environment where young people can make new friends, enjoy themselves, and hopefully foster a life-long association with physical activity.

Between now and June, free coaching sessions will be offered across Surrey Heath in a variety of sports including badminton, boccia (a pan-disability sport), boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis, touch tennis and tennis.

Each sport is open to specific age groups/gender, and the sessions take place at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the borough. At least six weeks of training is on offer for each sport, with all sessions held either after school or at the weekend, and led by qualified, passionate coaches.

Records show that over half of the young people who take part join a club afterwards and continue to enjoy their sport for years to come. Whilst having fun is the top priority, statistics also show that participants go on to live a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Surrey Heath’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Cllr Craig Fennell said: “Over the years we have had a number of youngsters participating in the Surrey Youth Games who have gone on to compete at county, national and even international level. These free sports coaching sessions offer young people a great opportunity to get away from the TV, get active, and hopefully develop a sporting habit for life.”

Each child attending coaching sessions also has a chance of being selected to represent Team Surrey Heath at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2017 on 17 & 18 June.

Coordinated by Active Surrey and hosted at a world-class facility in Surrey Sports Park, the Surrey Youth Games sees all 11 Surrey boroughs and districts compete in an Olympic-style event across 15 different sports. An estimated 2,000 people take part over the weekend – making it the largest multi-sport competition in Surrey.

The free coaching sessions are open to anyone below county standard in their chosen sport, and currently living or attending school in Surrey Heath.

For details of training session venues, dates and times or to register please visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/syg or call 01276 707100.

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