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Youngsters in H&F getting ready for London’s youth sport festival

Sporting school kids from across the borough will be hoping to emulate the success of the female cricket team in the city’s largest youth sports competition.

H&F’s team won the female cricket title at the 2016 London Youth Games. The 2017 event kicks off this weekend (18 November), with thousands of the borough’s budding athletes set to take part.

The talented youngsters will compete in a wide variety of sports from rowing to fencing and archery to kayaking, as the competition marks its 40th anniversary.

“We’re exceptionally proud of the talented young athletes in H&F and their achievements every year in the London Youth Games,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“It would be great to see them crowned champions of London, but we’re happy just to see so many taking part, being active and having fun.”

Ambitions for success

Last year, Hammersmith & Fulham fielded an impressive 3,036 participants who competed across 30 different sports.

The borough finished as runners-up in the rowing regatta and female table tennis events.

“The whole team is really looking forward to the Games and hopeful of building on our progress from last year,” said Paul Smith, H&F’s 2017 team organiser.

“For many of our competitors it will be their first experience of a Youth Games event and I’m sure a number of them are very excited about representing the borough.”  

Last year, Team H&F came 25th out of the 33 competing London boroughs, so will be hoping for a much-improved performance this year.

The Games

The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports festival, with more than 129,000 children from across London participating in 2017 over nine months of strong competition.

This year’s games launch at Parliament Hill on Saturday 18 November with the annual London Youth Games cross-country race and culminates next summer at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

To find out more, visit the London Youth Games website.