Young athletes are needed to represent Sutton at the London Youth Games 2016

Sutton Council is looking for young people aged between 11 – 17 who live or study in the borough to represent Sutton in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games 2016.

There is an varied range of disciplines including angling; aquathlon; archery; athletics; paragames athletics; BMX; cycling; diving; football; handball, judo; netball; rowing – indoor; swimming; water-polo and weightlifting.  Applications for all these disciplines close on Friday 29 April and application forms can be downloaded from the Sutton Council website www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200458/sports/1156/sports_development

The Council is also looking for team managers to help young athletes prepare for the games. Managers ideally should have Level One or Two coaching qualifications in their chosen sport, good communication skills, and most importantly enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of the sport. The events will take place between May and July so managers would need to be available in those months.

To help keep events running smoothly, volunteers will also be needed to help out at training sessions and assist team managers. More information about how to apply can be found onwww.sutton.gov.uk/info/200458/sports/1156/sports_development

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Lib Dem Chair of Sutton Council’s Environments and Neighbourhood Committee, said:  “Sutton is traditionally a strong contender across a range of disciplines in the London Youth Games and I wish everyone who tries out this year the very best of luck.

“I’d also like to thank those who are able to give up their time to volunteer as team managers, support staff, and stewards. The games couldn’t happen without them.” 

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is an annual Olympic style event which involves all 33 London boroughs and is now part of the nationwide school games programme. It has been a stepping stone for many Olympic stars, including the borough’s very own David Weir.

In 2015 the borough took first place in mixed badminton, female judo and female squash. This year Sutton aims to include as many local young people as possible as it continues to compete against 33 other boroughs.  

More information about the Balfour Beatty Youth Games can be found onwww.londonyouthgames.org/default.asp

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