Search

London Youth Games chief calls for help to save event

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 July 2018

Robert Clack won rugby gold for Barking & Dagenham at this year's London Youth Games (pic LYG)

Robert Clack won rugby gold for Barking & Dagenham at this year's London Youth Games (pic LYG)

Archant

Jon Hughes, chief executive of the London Youth Games, has called on the capital’s leaders and businesses to come forward and safeguard its future.

London Youth Games chief executive Jon HughesLondon Youth Games chief executive Jon Hughes

The Games are the largest youth sports event in Europe and has helped launch for the careers of some of the biggest names in sport, with this year’s event culminating this weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

Now in its 41st year, the Games sees all 33 London boroughs face each other in a friendly yet competitive environment and Hughes said: “There is no other event and organisation better at uniting young people from across all London’s 33 boroughs and communities than the London Youth Games.

“Taking part helps young people’s personal development, physical and mental health, and helps to ensure that they feel a part of their local community and their city.”

Sport England and the 33 London boroughs have played pivotal roles in supporting and delivering the Games, but Hughes admitted further financial support is required in order for them to continue at its current level.

“We are at a crossroads in terms of what we need in order to secure the future of London Youth Games and to make sure that young people from across the city do not miss out on this amazing experience,” he added.

“We’re calling on London’s leaders and businesses to come forward and help safeguard its future.”

Many current and past stars began their careers competing in the Games as children, including Sir Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Christine Ohuruogu, Alex Scott, Dina Asher-Smith, Linford Christie and Rio Ferdinand.

A total of 1.5million Londoners have taken part in London Youth Games and this year over 130,000 young people will compete across 30 sports and 11 para-sports.

Zoe Smith, a Commonwealth bronze, silver and gold medalist, has been one of many notable alumni to pay tribute to the Games’ influence on their career.

The 24-year-old said: “I don’t think I would have ever got into weightlifting if it wasn’t for London Youth Games, so I have a lot to thank it for. It was the making of me really.

“We should be so proud to have something like this in London. It gives young people the chance to meet new friends and benefit from a whole range of things from improving their confidence from learning about respect and fair play.”

For more information, visit londonyouthgames.org.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

16:00

Peter Taylor has urged his Dagenham & Redbridge midfielders to start finding more space for themselves on the pitch ahead of visiting Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday.

Hammers’ Lukasz Fabianski is imporoving with every game

13:00

Barking manager Justin Gardner wants his side to implement a game plan when they face Tilbury this evening.

8 minutes ago

A 21-year-old security guard killed in a crash while behind the wheel in Barking was above the speeding and drug driving limit, an inquest has heard.

Robert Clack School of Science in Dagenham has opened 12 classrooms as part of a £43.75 million investment programme.

11:00

Gale Street club lost at home for first time this season last weekend

10:00

Daggers custodian has conceded just two goals in his last five league games

Two police officers were assaulted in Rusholme Avenue, Dagenham after responding to a call just before 2pm yesterday to Blatchford House.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now