Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx Youth Games get Douglas go-ahead

Manx Youth Games
Image caption Around 10,000 Manx children have competed in the Youth Games since 2002

The 15th Manx Youth Games will still be held at the National Sports Centre in May, despite the venue being damaged in last month's floods.

Last year, more than 1,000 youngsters aged between eight and 14 participated in a range of sports including athletics, swimming and football.

Education and Children's Minister Tim Crookall said: "The Games have gone from strength to strength since 2002."

"They are an important part of the school and sporting calendar."

The National Sports Centre in Douglas, where the games have been held since 2002, was "extensively damaged" during flash floods in December.

Damage was caused to numerous facilities including the all-weather pitches, sports halls and running track.

Image caption The National Sports Centre in Douglas suffered "extensive damage" in December's floods

Ben Grainger, 12, competed at the 2013 event in Douglas and has gone on to achieve a place on the British Para-Swimming development programme.

Since winning all of his swimming events three years ago he has progressed quickly.

He is ranked Britain's number one for his age and classification in all five swimming events and distances.

He said: "I love swimming - it has changed my life and I have lots of really good friends because of swimming.

"I am really excited about my future in swimming, which would not have happened without the Manx Youth Games."

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Image caption Swimmer Ben Grainger credits the Manx Youth Games with his swimming success

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