Free Sports Training for Surrey Junior Beginners


The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games are back

Submitted for publication in the Surrey Advertiser

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, a multi-activity youth event is set to return to Surrey and is now open to first-timers across a range of events.

For over two decades, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games have been giving selected young people their first taste of how to stay active and learn new skills – all for free.

Organized by Active Surrey, the scheme is aimed at young people who normally do not have the chance to join a traditional sports club, due to a lack of travel options or family circumstances. Free training is provided by their town hall, 6-16 year olds can choose an activity and go from complete beginner to proficient player in as little as 6-8 weeks.

Participating helps children make friends and discover hidden talents as they develop their skills – previous games have later seen national players and even Olympic medalists play a role. They will also have the chance to represent their local community at a free celebratory event at Surrey Sports Park in June, in front of their families.

Activities vary by age and availability, but each borough and district in Surrey provides free training, initially to their most deserving youngsters who may not be able to afford a place in a mainstream club. To participate, parents or guardians simply need to register their child online, which can be done via the Active Surrey website. Training – which in most cases kicks off after Easter – can usually be adapted for those with additional needs, although the Games’ dance event is specifically designed to be inclusive.

Depending on age, children can get involved in street basketball, inclusive dancing, judo, tennis, women’s soccer and GoTri (a combination of an indoor row, a bike and a outer race).

Swimming confidence games for potential paddlers will also take place, but places for these are reserved for school referrals.

Emma Das, Event Manager at Active Surrey, can’t wait to see the young ‘players’ build their confidence as they work towards the celebratory main event on Saturday 18th June.

Emma said: “After two difficult years for young people, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games program is a great example of councils and communities coming together to create something fun for children who don’t always have the chance to do sport.

“As the Games are a beginner’s event, the emphasis is on learning and participation rather than competition, so it’s perfect for young people who don’t always like the sport or who would benefit from being more assets.”

Parents can find out more, watch a video of a previous Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and register their child aged 6-16 by visiting

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