Take your place in the London Youth Games
PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 January 2015
The biggest annual youth sports event is expanding once again for 2015
It is already Europe’s largest annual youth sports event, but in 2015 the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is getting even bigger.
Wansdworth have won the coveted Jubilee Trophy for the past two years and they will be looking to make it a hat-trick this year when the event is expanded to 40 event days right through to July of this year, with 31 sports, 50 disciplines and 93 competitions as organisers look to build on the record of 126,897 participants who took part in last year’s event.
There will be a number of new disciplines this time round with Dance making its debut this year when it comes to the Copper Box at the Queen Elizabeth Park in March.
In the year when England will host the World Cup, there will be an expanded rugby programme consisting of tag, contact and sevens competitions for primary and secondary school pupils, which will take place at Barn Elms Sports Centre in Wandsworth, one of four new venues for 2015.
The Games will visit 20 venues across 16 London boroughs, culminating in the finals at the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace between July 2-5.
There will also be the widest ever ParaGames programme with competitions in tennis, indoor rowing, boccia, swimming, athletics, football, sailing, basketball and cricket.
Olympic and World Champion Christine Ohuruogu of Newham and Essex Beagles was guest of honour at the opening ceremony in 2014, while this year’s patron is England women’s rugby world cup winner Maggie Alphonsi.
She said: “The London Youth Games is where I first took up rugby and really got the bug for it. Representing my borough was very special and gave me the motivation and direction to push on.
“For any young Londoner, the Games are an incredible event to be part of. It opens doors and opens your eyes to a wider world of sport with thousands of other like-minded people from all across London.”
The likes of Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, David Weir and Ohuruogu herself competed in the event in the past, so why not try and join them on that road.
To get involved in the Games as a competitor, speak with your PE teacher or contact the Sports Development department of your local council.
If you are interested in volunteering visit londonyouthgames.org/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.