Last weekend saw the culmination of a year-long programme as 7,400 young Londoners participated in the finale of The London Youth Games, in partnership with Nike.
The largest provider of youth sporting opportunities for over 40 years, The London Youth Games finale saw young Londoners from all 33 boroughs descend on the iconic Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to compete in sports ranging from archery, swimming, football, netball, basketball, diving, indoor rowing and skateboarding.
Every year, all 33 boroughs set their sights on lifting Jubilee Trophy, which was claimed for the fourth year running in 2019 by Bromley. Competing for five other trophies, Croydon won the ParaGames, Wandsworth won the Inner London Trophy, the Regatta Trophy was won by Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest were awarded the most Improved Borough Trophy and Redbridge came away winning the Respect The Games Trophy.
The London Youth Games mission is to inspire and enable every young Londoner to find their best through sport. Reaching 140,000 young people across 33 boroughs in 30 sports, they’re an organisation that’s committed to inclusivity – they believe that as long as a young Londoner has a dream to play, they should also have the opportunity.
With the decline in youth service provisions, the increase in youth on youth crime and still unacceptably low levels of physical activity, Nike has partnered with the London Youth Games to power up the competition and increase participation. By 2022, the goal is to serve more than 200,000 young people through the program each year. It has provided a pathway for some of the greatest athletes to come from the city including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Alex Scott, Dina Asher-Smith and Mo Farah.
Get a closer look at this year's action below, and find out how to get involved at londonyouthgames.org.