BARNSTAPLE will soon be hosting one of Devon s biggest sports and culture events of 2009 and Xfactor finalists Diana Vickers and Ruth Lorenzo will be live on stage! The Devon Games to Inspire (GTI) 2009 will be held in the town on Sunday, July 5. This ev

BARNSTAPLE will soon be hosting one of Devon's biggest sports and culture events of 2009 and Xfactor finalists Diana Vickers and Ruth Lorenzo will be live on stage!The Devon Games to Inspire (GTI) 2009 will be held in the town on Sunday, July 5. This event replaces the Devon Youth Games that has run with great success for the last 10 years at venues across the county.The event will see around 1,500 young people from around Devon representing their districts in a bid to win individual medals and the overall Games to Inspire Trophy. North Devon sports teams will be selected via a series of trials and training sessions, which are open to those aged seven to 15. For full information on how to trial for North Devon teams, visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/gamestoinspireIn addition to the traditional Devon Youth Games competitions, the GTI event will be expanded to include a wide ranging programme of cultural events and activities to reflect the links between culture and sport, in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.The cultural events will include a dance showcase in Rock Park and a live music stage at Tarka Tennis Centre, which will showcase local young talent and will be headlined by Diana Vickers and Ruth Lorenzo from Xfactor (due on stage at 3.45pm - 5.00pm). The event is free to enter for all. The opening ceremony is at 9am, sports start at 10am and music starts at noon. Spectators and supporters are very welcome!The event is being hosted and organised by North Devon Council in partnership with RELAYS (Regional Education Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport). The event is funded by Devon County Council, Babcock Marine, Team Devon and AimHigher. The event is also supported by local and unitary authorities from across Devon, Barnstaple Town Centre Management, Devon Youth Service and Dance in Devon.