Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gothenburg Youth Games 2018

The Club is looking at taking a limited number of athletes to this year’s Gothenburg Youth Games between 29th June and 1st July with a view, if this year’s trip is a success, to having a much larger group attend the 2019 event.

This is a highly competitive and prestigious event held at the world famous Ullevi Stadium, where Jonathan Edwards set his still unbeaten World Triple Jump Record in 1995.

The event is open to all athletes born before 1st Jan 2007 and the Club is looking to send athletes that will be competitive in their chosen event(s) based on previous results at the Games. Competitive means being capable of finishing in the top 30/getting through qualifying.  If an athlete is likely to finish in the top 20 then the Club will provide £100 of support towards the cost of the event for that athlete.

The full program of events can be found at http://www.vuspel.se/pdf/VUinbj18eng.pdf.  Entries will cost about £7 per event.  The club will submit the entries on your behalf in April.  There is a minimum standard for throws events which is listed on the pdf file.  Some preliminary rounds of the long jump for younger athletes may be held outside the main arena.

For travel there are 2 options:

  1. For athletes competing/qualifying on Fri 29th June: 1 stop flight from Edinburgh to Gothenburg on Thurs 28th June and non-stop flight back on Mon 2nd July (current best price c£185 return)
  2. For athletes competing on either Sat 30th June or Sunday 1st July: non-stop flight from Edinburgh on Fri 29th June and non-stop flight back on Mon 2nd July  (current best price c£125 return)

Obviously flight prices change daily so if you are selected for the event then you would be advised to book flights sooner rather than later.  Hotel accommodation will be arranged once final numbers are known.  The cost of bed and breakfast accommodation is likely to be around £50 per person per night.

If either you or your child is interested in competing at this prestigious event then please can you email Colin Speirs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance, by Friday 16th March, with the following information:

Name

Age/year of birth

Chosen event(s)

PB and anticipated standard at time of the Games

Colin can also be contacted on 07957 423389.

Athletes 15 years and younger would need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or responsible adult.  Athletes aged 16 years and older will be expected to be self-sufficient during the trip but can expect help and guidance from the Club Coaches that are attending the event.

As always, we also require a number of Club Coaches to attend the Games to manage and support the Team.  We require a ratio of 1 coach per 4 athletes under the age of 16.  Any coach that is willing to help with managing  the Team will receive £100 from the Club towards their costs of attending the Games.  Please can you email Colin Speirs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping.

Thanks, Colin.