Gold rush at the London Youth Games

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wandsworth’s youngsters have run, kicked, netted, parried and hit the bullseye on their way to success at Europe’s largest youth sports competition.

Share this

The Wandsworth Girls' Hockey team took bronze

They won the London Youth Games Inner London Trophy, awarded to the inner London borough with the highest score across all disciplines, came third overall out of 32 boroughs, and claimed gold in male and female volleyball, archery and male para football.

They also took silver in male and female cross country, female squash and male table tennis and bronze in female para football, junior fencing and male and female hockey.

“It has been fantastic to see all the Wandsworth teams competing in the 2019 games and there have been so many great achievements throughout,” said Natalie Pope, Wandsworth’s team organiser. “To get a third place finish overall was a great reflection of all the hard work, dedication and team spirit put in from those involved and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the coaches, parents, schools and clubs for their time and effort this year.”

The events took place across a number of months and culminated in a prestigious finals event at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre over the weekend of July 6 and 7. Thousands of participants were involved in the competition and more than 500 athletes from Wandsworth were involved in this year’s trials, training and competitions.

“Having attended the finals weekend I saw for myself the passion, enthusiasm and sheer talent of the Wandsworth athletes,” said Cllr Steffi Sutters the council’s cabinet member for community services and open spaces. “There were fabulous individual performances but the way the whole team has worked together to become the top inner London borough and achieve third place overall is inspiring. It’s a great tribute to our sports clubs, coaches, schemes and training programmes.”

Youngsters will be able to try out many of these activities at four days of free sporting events coming soon as the Battersea Summer Scheme’s Sport in the Park initiative returns for another year. From Tuesday, July 30 to Friday, August 2 action-packed days will take place at Battersea Park’s Millennium Arena between 11.30am to 4.30pm.

These are just some of the range of activities for youngsters in our parks over the summer holidays and is all part of our five-month celebration of Wandsworth’s great green spaces under the #LoveParksWandsworth banner. More than 250 park-related events will be taking place until the end of September as people are encouraged to get out and enjoy our parks and open spaces.

  • To find out more visit: www.enablelc.org/loveparks
  • For more information on the Summer Scheme visit: www.batterseasummerscheme.org
  • Stay in touch and send your pictures on Twitter and Instagram at @LoveParksWandsworth and @Wandbc and by using the hashtag #LoveParksWandsworth