December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Record number of participants in 2013 revealed
The 2013 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games had the highest number of participants in the event’s 36-year history, figures revealed this week.
In the year following the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, a total of 114,598 young Londoners took part in Europe’s largest annual youth sports event.
The figures mark a rise of over 10,000 young people taking part in schools and community events on the London Youth Games competition pathway from 2012.
There were 33 London borough teams taking part in the 2013 London Youth Games, competing in 85 separate competitions across 33 sports.
Into its second year, the integration of the School Games programme continues to be a huge success.
In 2013, there were 70,597 pupils from 1812 schools taking part in the London Youth Games, a rise of 10 per cent on the previous year.
The year also saw the London Youth Games host its largest ever event programme for disabled young Londoners, with competition opportunities in athletics, football, swimming, boccia, learning disability tennis, indoor rowing and sailing.
London Youth Games Chairman Anthony Kendall said: “Four years ago we had an ambition to involve 50,000 young people in the London Youth Games before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“So we are hugely proud to announce that in 2013 alone over 114,000 young Londoners took part in the journey to represent their borough at the London Youth Games.
“Over 3,000 volunteers have helped to make this happen alongside the incredible support of our three major partners. Balfour Beatty, Sport England and the local authorities - who invest in their young people - have built the foundation for all of our successes.
“Together we have been able to build a sporting legacy of increased participation by young people in competitive sport and volunteering.
“It is a testament that in challenging times there is a shared recognition of the value of sport for the good of communities and the lives of young people.
“As of 2013, three in every four London schools are involved in the competitive, voluntary or cultural programmes in the London Youth Games. By the Rio Olympics, we aim to have every school in London engaged with the London Youth Games.”
The first competition of the new season is the cross country event, which will take place on Parliament Hill on Saturday 16 November.