Friday, 29 June 2012

Young games makers at Margate Masters

A team of Young Games Makers (YGMs) from London Youth Games will be arriving at Margate Masters beach volleyball event on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

Comprising 14 YGMs and two team leaders, the group will be using Margate Masters as training for the London Olympic Games.

More than 2,000 young people aged between 16 to 18 years old will be at the Olympics as YGMs. Divided into 250 teams, the Olympic YGMs will carry out a host of duties, including distributing official results sheets and carrying athletes’ kit.

By practising at Margate Masters, the YGMs will gain invaluable experience which they will apply at the Olympics.

Margate Masters is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sports Matters team and sponsored by Hornby plc, and is seen as one of the most prestigious beach volleyball events in the country.

Council Sports Development Officer, Colin Rouse, said: “When LOCOG approached us about using Margate Masters as a training venue for the YGMs, we were very happy to help.

“Margate Masters is a superb event, and one where the YGMs can gain essential practice at a high level.  This will give them invaluable confidence and equip them well for London 2012. I’m also sure that the YGMs will take home many happy memories of their time in Margate.”

Margate Masters begins on Friday 6 July with a schools competition, which will see schools from across Kent taking part, giving local young people the chance to play in the main arena. The elite competition then gets underway on Saturday 7 July, with the finals on Sunday 8 July.  

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