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08 September 2009
Young sportsmen and women from across the UK have descended on Cardiff as the University’s halls of residence were converted into an athletes’ village for a major sporting event.
Talybont became home to more than 1500 young competitors when they took part in the 2009 UK School Games (3-6 September 2009).
Held in South-Wales this year, the Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. There were 10 events in total - track cycling, athletics, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport and Exercise Services at Cardiff said: "This event is a sporting pinnacle for these young athletes and we’re delighted that the University has played a part in the UK School Games 2009.
"Cardiff has an excellent reputation for attracting some of the brightest talent – academic and sporting. Our extensive Sports Bursary Programme includes many of the events that feature in the UK School Games, as well as a host of other sports. The Programme provides a network of support services, expertise and practical solutions to students who have the talent and the dedication to combine a high level academic course with excellence in sport.
"We hope that many of the competitors in the UK School Games will, in the future, consider applying to Cardiff for both its academic and sporting reputation."
As well as hosting the athletes for the duration of their stay in Cardiff, the closing ceremony for the Games was also held at the University.
Samantha Emmott, Conference Manager at the University oversaw the conversion of the Talybont residences into the athletes’ village. "As well as having various conference and meeting facilities at the University we have the flexibility and ability to be able to cater for events of this magnitude", said Samantha. "The volume of accommodation, the extensive space at various venues across our campus means that we can meet even the most diverse and demanding event requirements."
The UK School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting which encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. The development and organisation of the Games lies with the Youth Sport Trust.
The visions of the Games include bringing about a step change in the content, structure and presentation of competitive sporting opportunities for young people; integrating Olympic and Paralympic themes into the UK School Games by ensuring that the Olympic and Paralympic values are promoted through volunteer training, opening and closing ceremonies and an athlete village; and creating opportunities for young people to become engaged in volunteering at major sports events both as technical officials and event volunteers.
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