Yafai Boxing brothers inspire young talent at Birmingham School Games
Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:03
WBA Boxing Champion Kal Yafai and brothers Gamal and Galal joined the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at the Turkish Airlines Birmingham School Games.
Over 1,000 young sporting stars descended onto the fields of King Edwards School and King Edward VI School for Girls for the 'Turkish Airlines Birmingham School Games' on Friday 14th July 2017.
The games were opened by ambassadors Kal, Galal and Gamal Yafai alongside GB international basketball star Myles Hesson and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood.
Guests of organisers Sport Birmingham, the Yafai brothers came through the ranks of Birmingham City ABC and spoke to the whole crowd at the opening ceremony and answered questions.
Inspired children from Abbey Primary Catholic Primary School won the opportunity to sit down with and interview the brothers whilst other schools competed in sports such as netball, golf, handball, rounders, cricket, tennis, boccia and new age kurling.
"It's been great to be here and build these kids' confidence in sport and we just really enjoyed the whole day!" confirmed Galal Yafai, who revealed he was a Birmingham City fan!
The brothers were highly involved in the activity zone which featured rowing, cycling, inflatables and boxing. After watching children perform in over a dozen sports and signing hundreds of shirts, the brothers joined sponsors Turkish Airlines and Sport Birmingham staff in medal presentations and volunteer awards
Sport Birmingham's CEO, Mike Chamberlain was really pleased with how the Yafai brothers had gone down with the children.
"They've been a real hit both in both the Winter and Summer School Games Festivals. It's fantastic this band of brothers have chosen to give back so early in their careers by inspiring Birmingham's talented young athletes!"
About Turkish Airlines Birmingham School Games
Birmingham School Games forms part of the national School Games, an exciting fully inclusive competition for school children, giving them the opportunity to experience a large scale multi-sport event and builds on the legacy of London 2012 and Rio 2016
The event is aimed at young people aged five to 19 who have qualified through competitions at their local schools.
Turkish Airlines General Manager Selim Ozturk said the company was delighted to sponsor the sports event to help motivate youngsters to succeed in their future careers.' "We believe that sport is really important to motivate and encourage young people for their future careers and inspire them to help create a peaceful and successful world.'
For those who don't compete there are roles for youngsters as reporters, photographers, commentators as well as artists and musicians.