Festival of sport returns to Lancaster

The Lancaster team pose ahead of last year's games.
The Lancaster team pose ahead of last year's games.

The Lancaster district will be hosting a unique festival of sport and culture later this month when the International Youth Games comes to town.

Around 450 young people from towns in four European countries have confirmed they will take part in the event, which runs from July 22 to 27.

As well as competitors from Lancaster expect to see youngsters aged 14 to 16 from Almere in the Netherlands, Aalborg in Denmark, Rendsburg in Germany and Lublin in Poland.

They will take part in 10 sporting activities, athletics, badminton, rowing, table tennis, tennis, golf, hockey, karate, swimming and cycling.

And on the back of the success of the London 2012 Paralympics, disability sports will also feature in the International Youth Games for the first time this year

Salt Ayre Sports Centre will act as the main setting for the games, but Lancaster University, Morecambe Community High School, Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster Golf Clubs and the John O’Gaunt Rowing Club on the River Lune will all play host to competitors.

There are also plans to use some of the district’s other sporting and cultural venues including Ludus Dance, The Dukes and More Music.

Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The International Youth Games have been taking place now for over 30 years and are an excellent way for our young people to learn about other cultures and people.

“They are also a great way for them to prove their prowess on the sporting field and perhaps forge a career in athletics and professional sport.

“Who knows, many of those who competed this year may go on to represent their countries at Olympic Games in the future.”

You can follow all the results throughout the week with our live blog HERE

The event is organised by Lancaster City Council with local sports club picking the teams for the individual events.

Spectators are welcome to the following events:

Tuesday, July 23

9.30am - 3pm: Tennis - Lancaster University

9.30am - 3.30pm: Badminton - Salt Ayre

Karate - Salt Ayre

10am - 3pm: Table tennis - Morecambe Community High School

4.45pm - 6pm: Opening Procession from Lancaster Castle

6pm - 8pm: Opening Ceremony - Market Square, Lancaster

Wednesday, July 24

9.30am - 3.30pm: Badminton - Salt Ayre

Rowing - John O’Gaunt Rowing Club

Swimming - Salt Ayre

9.30am - 4pm: Athletics - Salt Ayre

Tennis - Lancaster University

10am - 4pm: Disability sports - Salt Ayre

Table tennis - Morecambe Community High School

Thursday, July 25

9.30am - 3.30pm: Athletics - Salt Ayre

Badminton - Salt Ayre

9.30am - 4pm: Tennis - Lancaster University

10am - noon: Disability cycling - Salt Ayre

10am - 4pm: Table tennis - Morecambe Community High School

Friday, July 26

9.30am - 12.30pm: Swimming - Salt Ayre

9.30am - 3.30pm: Badminton - Salt Ayre

Athletics - Salt Ayre

Table tennis - Morecambe Community High School

Tennis - Lancaster University

10am - 2pm: Karate - Salt Ayre