30 September 2016

The summer of 2016 will long be remembered for boy jumping into waterTeam GB’s success in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil. The athletes and their support staff will rightly take the plaudits and Great Britain can now be classed as an Olympic/Paralympic super power. That being said, its important to remember that Team GB’s success is just the tip of the sporting pyramid and all journeys begin in local communities (be it for success or just for fun). It’s at this community level that our award winning sports programme, Getting Ready, makes a real difference.


Pineapple dance group photoThis summer, thanks to our partnerships with Sport England, The GLA, The Jack Petchey Foundation, Table Tennis England, British Fencing, A New Direction and The Tennis Foundation
over 700 young people have accessed our sport festivals. We’ve offered a range of different sports including – Table Tennis, Fencing, Street Dance, Football, Tennis, Sailing, Kayaking and Dragon Boating. Importantly, young people and community organisations have been able to access free, high quality, fun opportunities. Positive relationships have been developed, young people have stated they feel more confident and it continues our commitment to enabling young Londoners to develop a life long love of sport.

Zoe Mellis, Head of Sports Development at London Youth says:

“It’s been a fantastic summer – and working in partnership with like minded organisations we have been able to provide a huge range of sporting opportunities for young people who would otherwise miss out. From playing tennis at the QEOP to fencing in a local youth club to sailing in the Docklands, young people have been able to try new activities for the first time, free of charge (thanks to our brilliant funders) and in a safe and welcoming environment. And having recently secured further funding from Sport England and the GLA, we will be able to carry on providing these types of opportunities for young Londoners for years to come. “

To get involved with the 2016/17 sport festivals and competitions, please contact: John Jones, Sport Development Officer on 07736 619 595 / john.jones@londonyouth.org / @JustJohnJones