The boys’ football team from Hammersmith & Fulham have won gold at this year’s London Youth Games. The team – which remains undefeated – capped a great year of sport from London’s youngest local athletes.
Managed and coached by Samy Balal from Elite London Academy the boys’ team clinched gold in a 4-0 victory at Barn Elms Sports Centre during the final match on 19 September. Richmond took silver and Lambeth secured bronze.
The team also set a record with their 9-0 win against Kensington and Chelsea in the group games.
Coach Samy said: “The H&F boys did extremely well winning six games and drawing 1 with no losses. We created history as the first team from H&F to win gold in football.”
And captain Kevar, 14, said: “As a whole, I feel that the team played really well – we conquered the whole division and won gold. The London Youth Games are good because they show the talent around the London boroughs.”
Meanwhile, the girls’ team in H&F secured fifth place – despite playing together for the first time this season.
The young athletes were supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s sports development team and the London Sports Trust.
Other sports – more success
In kayaking, both boys’ and girls’ teams found success. H&F’s Year 7 boys won gold, with the Year 10s claiming silver. The kayaking sprint, which was one of the most popular events, saw the boys and girls combine to win fourth place.
There was more joy for the girls’ basketball team in H&F as they finished fifth and the boys’ team in ninth despite strong opposition throughout.
The girls’ netball team, supported by coaches from Shooting Starz won two of their four games to progress to the finals, where they finished fifth overall.
H&F’s girls achieved further success in cricket. Supported by Roehampton and Fulham Cricket Clubs they faced tough competition and finished fourth.
Sports development across H&F
H&F is working to support the sporting development of young people across the borough.
Our aim is to help people regularly attend fun and fulfilling activities, and our current focus is to:
- support activity deliverers to improve what they offer
- improve communication about sport opportunities
- increase activities for people who little or no physical activity
- help people to develop as sports coaches and activity leaders
- obtain more resources with the community to initiate new activity projects.
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