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Date posted 16 Feb 2022

The London Youth Games 2022 calendar kicked off on 7th February at Sobell Leisure Centre with the Sportshall Athletics Qualifiers.  440 young people competed at the event from school years 5-8.  This was a chance for children across London to compete in running, jumping and throwing.   

Research shows that 58.1% of children and young people in London do less than an average of 60 minutes activity a day. The London Youth Games aims to create sporting opportunities for children to get active, train and compete. 

Since its launch in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the London Youth Games has provided opportunities for over 1.5 million young Londoners. 

The 2021/22 season has an extensive calendar of events that includes Open and School Games. Primary and secondary events are organised through the schools, for information about the open games please contact the Islington Team Manager Daniel by email – Daniel.Bank@gll.org. In particular Team Islington is searching for cricketers for their under-13s squad to join in the fun.  The boys competition will take place on Saturday 26 February while the girls event will be held on Sunday 6 March. 

A successful London Youth Games 2021 season saw Team Islington scoop up 4 team medals (3 silver and 1 bronze) as well as 4 individual medals. The focus now turns to the 2022 season where Islington will be looking to build on their success.  

In addition local athlete’s have until 20th February to apply for support from the GLL Sport Foundation, UK’s largest independent athlete support programme. The foundation provides athletes across 65 areas of the UK with financial help, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more.  Athletes from across the UK can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation via the online portal at: www.gllsportfoundation.org

Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation in Islington supported 43 local athletes including sprinter Reuben Arthur.    Reuben stated how the GLL Sport Foundation has helped him, “The financial award helps me pay for coaching and competition fees, whilst the gym membership allows me to get vital recovery sessions in”.