Sporting TV chance to showcase best juniors

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A MAJOR junior sports event coming to Sheffield next month is to receive two hours of coverage on Channel 4.

The channel is to screen two hour-long programmes featuring the 2011 Sainsbury’s UK School Games, which are to take place from September 1 to 4.

The event will see 1,600 of the UK’s elite school-aged athletes compete in 12 sports, five of which have a disability element incorporated including wheelchair basketball, a new sport for this year.

The highlights programmes will be broadcast on Sunday, September 18 and Sunday, September 25.

Will Roberts, of the Youth Sport Trust, the national charity that is delivering the games, said he was thrilled Channel 4 had again agreed to broadcast the event.

“We’re delighted to once again have the support of a major broadcaster in Channel 4. With this year’s games promising to be the biggest and most inclusive event in our history, it’s fitting that Channel 4, who have become firmly established as a leading broadcaster of major sports events, will show highlights from Sheffield.

“The Sainsbury’s UK School Games feature the next generation of sporting stars, at some of the best sporting venues the UK has to offer, so it will make for some compelling TV viewing.”

The games will feature cycling, athletics, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball, with disability events in swimming, athletics and table tennis.

Venues will include the Don Valley Stadium, the EIS, iceSheffield, the Arena and Ponds Forge.