Introducing Team Edinburgh bound for international youth championships

A group of athletic Edinburgh school children are gearing up for the forthcoming International Children's Games being staged in Lanarkshire next month.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Leisure have combined forces to support the 18-strong squad, who will represent Scotland's Capital in a variety of sporting disciplines - badminton, golf, volleyball and athletics.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: "It must be so exciting for these talented young people to be representing their home city alongside children from all over the world. I'm honoured to be going with them to Lanarkshire for the International Children's Games, where I'm sure they will do Edinburgh proud."

Edinburgh Leisure's Shelagh Jackson, Head of Delegation for the event, said: "Edinburgh Leisure is delighted to be involved in and supporting this event which provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for talented young athletes from across Edinburgh to take part in one of the largest ever youth sports events in the country.  Edinburgh Leisure also hopes that it will inspire young people of all ages and abilities from across the city to get involved in sport in the build up towards London 2012 and Glasgow 2014."

The 45th International Children's Games are being held from 3 to 8 August 2011.

Up to 1,500 competitors aged 12 to 15, along with coaches, administrators and delegates from around 80 cities worldwide will head to Lanarkshire for the International Olympic Committee-recognised event.

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