Barnstaple event will have the X’ factor

THOUSANDS of young people and their families will be descending upon Barnstaple for a sporting event with real X factor attraction next month. There are less than two weeks to go until North Devon gets to show off its skills at the Devon Games to Inspir

THOUSANDS of young people and their families will be descending upon Barnstaple for a sporting event with real 'X' factor attraction next month.

There are less than two weeks to go until North Devon gets to show off its skills at the Devon Games to Inspire.

The North Devon team has been selected via a recent series of trials and training sessions and will compete in 15 different disciplines against teams from local authorities across the county on Sunday, July 5.

Local youngsters aged eight to 14 will being hoping to top last year's haul of 27 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals and steal the crown from 2008 holders Plymouth.


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And with a star-studded line-up of top musical entertainment on offer too, it's not only the young sportsmen and women who will get a chance to shine.

Event organisers and hosts North Devon Council have arranged an all-day festival-style line-up of eight local bands on large stage on the sports pitches behind the Tarka Tennis Centre. A day of live music will culminate with the prize giving ceremony followed by live 30-minute sets by superstar X Factor finalists Diana Vickers and Ruth Lorenzo from around 4pm.

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Councillor Dick Jones, Lead Member for Community and Leisure, said: "The young people in North Devon's team have worked extremely hard to earn their places and should be proud of what they have achieved so far.

"I wish them all good luck in their event and hope to see lots of our competitors wearing medals and receiving awards on the day."

Events and activities have been chosen to reflect the links between culture and sport, in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, and include dance workshops and street sports, as well as traditional sports like indoor athletics, cricket and tag rugby.

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