Schoolchildren from across Devon are getting set to take part in the Autumn Ability Games.

More than 200 youngsters with disabilities will come together at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple next Wednesday, October 17 for a paralympic style celebration of sport.

In addition to the sports on offer, the children have the opportunity to take part in opening and closing ceremonies.

The event will conclude with an exciting announcement from Active Devon County Sport Partnership and Devon County Council on how they will work together to achieve a 2012 legacy for grassroots sport in Devon and a celebration to honour Devon’s Olympians, Paralympians, games makers and torch bearers at the new Falcons Community Sports Centre, which has recently taken delivery of £50,000 worth of branded London 2012 gymnastics equipment.

Children will be competing at rowing, football, tennis and cycling and will represent schools from across the county. They will also have the opportunity to try a range of sports such as table cricket, boccia, tri-golf, extreme golf and wheelchair sports.

Two cultural competitions are also taking place on the day, for young designers to draft and create a flag and for young poets to write a Paralympic inspired poem.

The games aim to celebrate youth sport and the work that goes on to encourage youngsters to be more active. They also provide an important level of challenges for children competing below county standard as well as fostering links and co-operation between schools, clubs and the different areas of Devon.