THE PLANET EARTH GAMES - A MAJOR EVENT FOR 6000 CHILDREN COULD BE CANCELLED DUE TO BREXIT
Sadly, some of our business partners are having to wait until Brexit uncertainty is over before financially committing. Our children's health cannot wait until March 29. Please help us to #SaveOurGames - any donation is hugely appreciated.
Our immediate survival - £4,000
Delivery - £20,000
Main Event - £29,000
TOTAL: £53,000 by July 2019
The South West Youth Games Trust has a 20 year history working as the region's largest community youth sports event. We are very effective in encouraging more young people to take up regular sport and activity. We don't preach to the converted, instead we prioritise young people less engaged with regular activity, for example, from low-income backgrounds, teenage girls, the inactive and disabled.
In 2018, as a result of our work, nearly 1,000 young people not members of sports clubs went on to join a local community club and benefit from regular activity. Also, in 2018, as a direct result of their experiences with our charity, five new under 13 rugby girls teams were created across Devon, leaving a long-term legacy.
We have a history of young people who are happier and healthier as a result of our work. Looking ahead, like many of our young participants and their parents, we have also become more concerned about the environment, in particular the over use of single-use plastic. So, the Trust has come up with a new concept - the Planet Earth Games.
Getting more young people into a regular activity remains just as important to us, but if we can do so whilst educating young people on environmental sustainability then it is a win-win! The two areas are so strongly linked. How can we expect more young people to be active on our coastlines, moors and playing fields if we don't provide a clean, safe, sustainable environment?
We have a really strong team working at the Trust with experience of working at all levels of sport from the Olympic Games to your local Leisure Centres. We also have the backing of some inspirational ambassadors such as international rugby player Moray Low, five-times Olympian Jo Pavey and GB international cyclist Lauren Dolan.
Our vision is for the Planet Earth Games to take place in Exeter this July and on to Plymouth for summer 2020 and be a platform to engage with schools, clubs, communities and families into activity and environmental sustainability across the region, providing a high profile platform for local organisations to share best practice and inspire change.
Longer-term, our ambition is to grow the model from our Devon roots so we can replicate our activities in the South West in other areas of the UK and internationally.
We would like to host traditional sports such as football, rugby and tennis and also free, accessible activities for all ages that connect people with the environment such as plogging (picking up litter and jogging) and paddle boarding.
The Planet Earth Games will walk the walk of environmental sustainability and is committed to:
* no use of avoidable single-use plastic
* leaving no trace - we will leave Exeter cleaner than we found it
* use of recycled material where possible
* be at the forefront of sustainability in sport
The legacy from our work will be measured by the amount of people we engage with on physical activity and environmental sustainability, but most importantly how many of those change their behaviour patterns for the better as a result of their experiences with the Planet Earth Games. Donations will enable us to deliver a wide-ranging programme, give the communities free access to our events and activities and allow us to host community engagement activities to enable the community to contribute to a significant part of the Games programme and be trained to deliver it.