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17 April 2014

Wednesday 23 April

It was a very busy few days before Easter for the sports team at London Youth all starting with the Ambition 5-a-side Football Championships Regional competition in Basingstoke on Saturday 12 where five of our clubs were taking part. Copenhagen Youth Project came second in both the Under-12 and Under-16 competitions while Ignite Trust did superbly to win the Under-19 competition. This means that both clubs will go through the National Finals in Manchester on Saturday 10 May.

Sunday 13 saw London Youth staff and volunteers take up our customary position at the Mile 25 water station giving out water bottles and encouragement to the runners as they hit the final stretch. There was great encouragement for every London Youth runner as they ran by with one even stopping to do a little dance for his many supporters. Many thanks for all who took part and raised money to support our Getting Ready programme. If you'd like to run for London Youth in next year's Marathon you can find more information here.

On Tuesday 15 London Youth attending the 'Breaking Barriers' launch at member youth club The New Generation Youth and Community Centre (TNG). London Youth have been delivering Getting Ready at TNG for the last three months and the event celebrated the awarding of Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund for the project, which is run in partnership with Active Communities Network and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. You can hear from Michael and Ange-Marcel who have been taking part in hockey sessions at TNG here and in the playlist below.

A short 24 hours later (Wednesday 16) we had the annual London Youth Table Tennis Championships hosted at Morpeth School. Over 120 young people took part in Under-12 to Under-19 boys' and girl's competitions throughout the day. There was some high quality table tennis on display throughout and the winners from each competition will go through to the Ambition and StreetGames Event in Manchester on 26 August. You can hear from some of the medal winners here and in the playlist below.

To round things off on Thursday 17 we had the second London Youth Powerleague Football Festival. 26 teams all from the London Youth membership network took part with Stewarts Road Adventure Playground taking the Under-14 title, Queens Crescent Community Association winning the Under-16 competition and XLP proving too strong in the Under-19 competition.