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International Youth Games comes to Lancaster

John Freeman
The Lancaster district will be hosting the 2013 International Youth Games, a unique festival of sport and culture later this month

Young people from Holland, Germany, Denmark and Poland will be taking part in the event, which runs from 22nd-26th July.

The young people will compete in athletics, badminton, rowing, table tennis, tennis, golf,  karate, and swimming – and, for the first time, echoing the success of the London 2012 Paralympics, disability sports will also feature.

Salt Ayre Sports Centre will act as the main setting for the Games, but individual sports will also take advantage of the district's wealth of facilities. Lancaster University, Morecambe Community High School, Morecambe and Heysham Golf Clubs and the John O'Gaunt Rowing Club on the River Lune will all play host to competitors.

The International Youth Games have been taking place now for over 20 years and are a great way for young people to prove their prowess on the sporting field.  The Games also provide an opportunity for young people to learn about other cultures and people.

The International Youth Games could not take place without the invaluable support of our volunteers, sports clubs and arts partners.

Lancaster City Council has also received tremendous support from other partners including Stagecoach and Lancaster University.

• More information on the Games and how you can watch the action will feature on the City Council website: