Ynys Môn and Gibraltar’s Young Pupils build friendships before the ‘friendly games’ begin.

School twinning

Last updated: October 14th 2018

School pupils from Ynys Môn will have the opportunity to build friendships with fellow pupils from Gibraltar before the NatWest International Island Games take place there next summer.

Over 100 coaches and officials from Ynys Môn will join 23 other teams for the NatWest International Island Games XVIII in July 2019, but before the games get underway, the Ynys Môn Island Games Association has been making friends over the water.

As part of a school engagement project, coaches from Ynys Môn worked with a number of local schools on the island, and visited a number of schools in Gibraltar to deliver practical sport sessions and to give a background to life on Ynys Môn and the benefits of the NatWest International Island Games, also known as the ‘friendly games.’

Ynys Môn Island Games officials Tom Rogers, Emma Rogers and Barry Edwards, as well as athletes Eve Goddard-Smith and Gwenan Williams visited Gibraltar this week to take part in the school-twinning project and Team Manager Tom Rogers spoke positively of the initiative:

“The visit is part of a timetable of planned activities arranged with schools leading up to next year’s event. The NatWest International Island Games is a fantastic opportunity for islands across the world to come together and develop lasting friendships and unforgettable experiences.

“It’s important that we make the most of this fantastic opportunity and ensure school pupils benefit as well as the competing athletes.”

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