02 November 2015

Monday 2 November 2015 

This October half-term London Youth delivered a series of sporting activities to over 250 young people. The events were held in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, the Jack Petchey Foundation, Table Tennis England, Sport England and British Fencing.

The sport takeover kicked off Tuesday with a Tennis Activator workshop at the Springfield Club in Hackney. The workshop was delivered in association with the Tennis Foundation, who were on hand to offer their tennis expertise.

This was followed by a Table Tennis competition on Wednesday at Morpeth Table Tennis Club. Thirty six young people from nine member clubs came together for the competition, which was run in partnership with Table Tennis England and the Jack Petchy Foundation. The Crib and Rathbone clubs were the under 13 winners. The Crib scored a triple win, winning the under 16 category with the Springfield club and sharing the prize for the under 19 category, with Streatham Youth and Community Trust.  All the young people involved were presented with t-shirts and certificates after the competition and the opportunity to test out their new skills on the table tennis robot!

Thursday, was the turn of the London Youth- Jack Petchey Football Festival at London City Power League. The event was well attended, with over 200 lively young people from 29 teams taking part. As always, the energy and commitment from the young people was high and the officials did well to regulate the game. Taking the crown for the under 14 category were Vallance FC, Big Kid Foundation and Somers Town Futures. The winners for the under 16 category were XLP, Somers Town Youth and Vallance FC. Meanwhile Somers Town Future, Copenhagen Youth Project and Young Roots took home the prize for the under 19 category.

The week of sport came to an end with a fencing event at Leon Paul Fencing Centre in Hendon.  young people and youth workers from London Youth member clubs WAC Arts, Rathbone, Hillingdon Youth Centre and Community Links came together in partnership with British Fencing to find new ways to get more young people interested in fencing. During the event 10 youth workers were trained to deliver fencing in their communities, while young people had the pleasure of training with the Japanese Youth National fencing team, who showed them what could be achieved through hardwork and dedication.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the youth clubs, young people and youth workers who took part last week.  Also, a special mention to our partners and funders: The Jack Petchey Foundation, Sport England, The Tennis Foundation, Table Tennis England, British Fencing, Morpeth Table Tennis Club, London City Power League and Leon Paul Fencing Centre.

For further information on London Youth’s Sport Programme, please contact Zoe Mellis (Head of Sports Development) zoe.mellis@londonyouth.org.uk/ 020 7549 8800.