London Youth Games – your borough needs you!

Release Date: 17 November 2017

The London Youth Games kick off on Saturday with young sporting residents, inspired by last year’s heroics, now able to apply to be part of this year’s competition.

Last year saw an incredible 4,163 Richmond children take part in 30 different sports, with 403 of those selected to represent the borough at London Youth Games open competitions across the year.

Richmond finished an impressive 3rd place overall among the 33 competing London boroughs, picking up plenty of silverware along the way, including team gold medals in the aquathlon, kayak slalom and kayak sprint events. They are now on the hunt for the 2018 team.

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sporting event where the 33 London boroughs compete against each other in over 30 different sports, including sports for young people with disabilities.

Applications will soon be open to compete for Team Richmond in the 2018 London Youth Games. Sports range from hockey, diving, fences, kayaking, judo, sailing, athletics, archery, basketball, football, rowing, handball, trampolining, volleyball.

If you are aged between 9 and 18, and live or go to school in Richmond upon Thames, go online and find out if you are eligible to represent your borough.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“This year, young people from this borough demonstrated that we were one of the strongest sporting teams in London. And, I know that in 2018 we can only do better!

“We have a borough of sports people, with some of the highest participation rates in the country. I know that there will be many other youngsters who can also come forward and represent the borough – bringing home many gold medals next year!”

Applications forms will be available online from January 2018.

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Updated: 1 December 2017