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HSBC Manx Youth Games 2011 – Not to be missed 19 May 2011

Manx Youth Games LogoThe HSBC Manx Youth Games will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday 21 May at the National Sports Centre, Douglas. Competitors aged between eight and 15 years old from all regions of the Island have been busy training for the Games and will enjoy an action packed day culminating with a showpiece closing ceremony in the newly refurbished Bowl Stadium.

As usual the day will commence with an Olympic style opening ceremony, starting at 10.00am where participants will march into the National Sports Centre athletic track, representing their region before filtering into their sports and taking part in the spectacular aerobics warm up. Following the opening ceremony, the 11 sports will begin their competitions which will include athletics, badminton, basketball, football (girls and disability), hockey, cricket, netball, squash, swimming, table tennis and rugby. Three sports will take place at venues away from the National Sports Centre, cricket at Cronkbourne Cricket Club, netball at St Ninian’s High School and rugby at Douglas Rugby Club.

Ensuring the 2011 HSBC Manx Youth Games is a special occasion, the event’s first closing ceremony is planned to be the first event to be staged in the new Bowl Stadium, which promises to be a fantastic spectacle for all concerned. The ceremony, which gets underway at 4.00pm, will include a show piece dance routine and the opportunity to support the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games squad. It will provide an opportunity for spectators to show their appreciation to all participants who have taken part in the Games as they receive their HSBC Manx Youth Games medal and 10 year anniversary water bottle. The closing ceremony will finish no later than 5pm. Parents, grandparents, friends and all supporters will be very welcome to attend and entry is free for both the opening and closing ceremony. Do not miss the opportunity to support the biggest multi-sport event on the Island. There is no parking in the National Sports Centre car park, other than disabled parking at the NSC Pool car park on Groves Road. The official car park to be used on the day is the car park at the Bowl.

HSBC Bank LogoHon David Cretney, Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, said:

‘I am proud to have witnessed firsthand the growth of the HSBC Manx Youth Games over the last 10 years. The event offers so much to young people and sport on the Island. Saturday 21 May will offer an opportunity for the Department to thank all the coaches and volunteers and, of course, HSBC, which has kindly sponsored the Games since the start in 2002.’

Kevin Cartledge, Senior Manager, HSBC Isle of Man said:

‘HSBC is delighted to remain involved in the Manx Youth Games, particularly given the added significance this year of the 10th anniversary. It is a fantastic initiative that involves thousands of young people right across the Isle of Man each year. The commitment of the coaches and volunteers who give their time to work with the children, and the enthusiasm of those involved in the opening and closing ceremonies and all the extra activity surrounding the Games is staggering. It truly is a unique event of which the Island can be proud and, after months of preparation, I am now looking forward to seeing the Games get underway.’

For more information regarding the 2011 HSBC MYG please contact the Sport Development Unit on 688592 or visit http://www.gov.im/sport/sportsdevelopment/games.xml or alternatively email: enquiries@msr.dtl.gov.im

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