Hackney takes highest-ever spot in London Youth Games
Hackney’s young sporting talent are celebrating after achieving the borough’s highest-ever position in the London Youth Games.
The 550 Hackney competitors, aged between 11 and 17, took sixth position and were named most improved borough in the pan-London finals in Crystal Palace National Sports Centre at the weekend.
The 47 teams, who competed in 31 sports, took home 11 team gongs and 56 individual medals.
There were many outstanding team and individual performances throughout the Games but the standout achievements came from the girls’ table tennis team who retained their title, and the girls’ football team, boys’ athletics team, indoor rowing team who medalled for the first time.
I am delighted that Hackney has achieved its highest position in the Games’ 33-year history. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the young people as well their coaches and teachers. It is clear that there is impressive talent in Hackney and we're getting better and better.
More than 5,000 young people trained towards final selection for Hackney in the hope of competing against the best from the other 32 London boroughs.
The Council is already on the look-out for young people for next year’s Games.
If you are interested or wish to know more, please contact the Leisure and Physical Activity team on 020 8356 2230.