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The London Youth Games go virtual

Youngsters will be given the chance to represent their boroughs in a series of online sport-related challenges

03 June, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Team Camden picked up six medals from the indoor rowing events at the 2019 London Youth Games

YOUNGSTERS are being urged to “take up the online challenge for their borough” as Europe’s largest annual sports celebration prepares to go viral.

The London Youth Games are set to launch their Virtual Games this Monday (June 8), sparking four weeks of activities that can be done at home, at school or while out for daily exercise.

Precious points will be up for grabs as three sport-related challenges are released each week, with the winning borough being crowned champions on Saturday, July 4.

Participants will also be encouraged to share videos of their entries on social media using #ThisIsLYG for a chance to win a weekly MVP award.

Team Camden’s manager, Ben Dorsett, who works for Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service, said: “This a great opportunity for young people to represent their boroughs.

“I’m urging as many young people as possible to go online and get involved, it’s going to be great fun.”

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The London Youth Games, which includes the ParaGames and the School Games, had to cancel a series of finals due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The competition usually culminates in a grand finals weekend at the start of July, where boroughs battle it out for medals in a wide range of disciplines, including football, hockey, archery, fencing and swimming.

“Obviously it was disappointing that the Games had to be cancelled, but totally understandable,” added Ben.

“The Virtual Games are a great way for young people to still get involved in supporting and representing their borough.

“All the challenges relate to a different sport, and have been set by young Londoners, for young Londoners. The deadline each week is 5pm on Friday, so first thing Monday get online and get involved.”

Visit www.londonyouthgames.org to take part in the Virtual Games, and follow LYG on social media for further information and results.

 

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