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London Youth Games 2013
What is the London Youth Games?
The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is the largest sporting event for young people, it involves all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies of Sport in over 60 competitions across 30 sports.
You can compete for your borough if you live or go to school in Waltham Forest. It’s free and open to all young people, aged between 7 and 17.
This year the events take place from the end of May through to 1 July. The Games offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes.
To find out who you should contact for your chosen sport please see below.
Waltham Forest London Youth Games 20 November 2013
Tel 020 8496 or 3693 and ask for the Sport and Leisure Team
Waltham Forest Sports Awards 2012
Almost 300 local people attended the event at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, which saw inspiring teams, athletes, coaches and sporting projects nominated across 12 categories. The event was compared by Weininger Irwin and saw awards presented by Paralympic power lifter Ali Jawad, Council Leader Chris Robbins and Waltham Forest’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Ashan Khan.
The evening also celebrated local success stories like local judo coach Ricky Haynes – fresh from winning the British Judo Association's coveted Coach of the Year award – the ten promising athletes who received the borough’s ‘Boxing Kangaroo’ sporting bursaries and the winners of this year’s 6 Host Boroughs swimming championship.
“The Sports Awards are always inspiring and I think the recent excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games really gave this year’s event an extra special edge,” said Cllr Ahsan Khan, Waltham Forest’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.
“Grassroots clubs are the heart and soul of this country’s sporting achievements and it’s important that we recognise the hard work and successes of local athletes and the many coaches who go out of their way to train up tomorrow’s sporting stars. I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all those who were nominated, and I look forward to coming back next year to hear about fresh feats and triumphs.”
This year’s categories and winners were:
Dave has been the chairman of Wadham FC since 1994 and has volunteered at the club for more than 32 years. His wife is the club secretary and between them they run and manage all 12 teams, 27 volunteers and over 170 young people. Dave’s endless enthusiasm for youth football and his wealth of knowledge and experience is readily shared with others and he is always on hand to support new coaches.
Adult Team of the Year – Eton Manor Women’s Athletics Team
The successful and popular LOVE 2 RUN programme has seen an increase in the number of women participating in its weekly training sessions. Many of these runners have gone on to represent the club at a competitive level.
Coach of The Year – Mike Beasant (Highams Park Cycling Coaching Centre)
Mike has built Highams Park Cycling Coaching Centre from scratch and offers a wide range of accessible and welcoming cycle training and coaching at grassroots level. He is down to earth and very approachable with a genuine desire to see the people he coaches succeed whether he is teaching a four-year-old to ride for the first time or helping a veteran racing cyclist achieve a long-term goal.
Sports Person of the Year – Jermaine Hamilton (Athletics)
Jermaine is a 100m & 200m runner. In 2012 he won the School Games 200m and 2nd place in the English Schools. He is currently ranked No.1 U17 200m in the UK, and also ranked No.1 100m in the UK.
Physical Activity & Health Project – Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (Think Fit Project)
Think Fit has offered inclusive sport, physical activity and education opportunities to over 500 women ages 16+. The project adopts a flexible approach and is tailored to the needs of the community. The project also offers workshops such as healthy eating, sexual health and confidence-building, along with opportunities for women to be mentored and gain coaching qualifications.
Youth Sports Leader / Volunteer of the Year U16 – Natasha Quyyam
Natasha has been part of the leadership academy since September 2009, during this time she has volunteered at many events and sessions as a young coach, team manager, leader and official. She has spearheaded a team of young sports reporters who took part in the BBC school report interviewed and interview Lord Sebastian Coe, along with being the face of young people in the LOCOG education programme review and legacy launch.
Outstanding Contribution to London Youth Games – Natalie Robinson
Natalie has represented Waltham Forest rowing, indoor rowing and weightlifting teams. She is an outstanding sportswoman who has achieved a great deal throughout 2012.
Inclusive Sports Award – Forest Flyerz
Forest Flyerz is part of Waltham Forest Hockey Club and has made giant leaps to improve access to hockey for young disabled people. Philipa and Pani set up the only PAN-Disability youth hockey group in London and the south east. They have recruited 20 dedicated volunteers who have been trained in disability inclusion and set up Forest Flyerz. The club has gone from strength to strength since its first sessions in November 2011 and now has 28 disabled members.
Club of the Year – ELBO BMX CLUB
ELBO has made an incredible contribution to developing BMX cycling in Waltham Forest. They have been successful in working towards their Clubmark and have engaged with over 500 young people. ELBO have recruited volunteers, coaches and young leaders that have all gained NGB qualifications and youth development training. The club has forged excellent relationships with Walthamstow Academy, Burnside PRU and Highams Park School, leading regular activities and helping form school BMX teams.
Sports Person of The Year Under 16 – IIyas Hussain (Taekwondo)
IIyas started taekwondo aged six, began competing nationally at age eight and was competing internationally by age 11. He has gone on to win gold in many international competitions, including the 2012 Dutch open, 2012 Luxembourg open and 2011 British National Championships. He is currently a member of the England Taekwondo Team.
Junior Team of the Year under 11s – Ridgeway Rovers
The Ridgeway Rovers have won the Echo League Premiership for the second year in a row, as well as the premier league cup. They are an outstanding Chingford side winning the top award in the top league that has produced many premiership/international players.
Junior Team of the Year U18 – Norlington Boys Year 10 Volleyball Team
This Year 10 volleyball team has shown dramatic improvement in the past year. The team was put together from lessons in school, where they were coached and entered in to the borough volleyball competition, which they went on to win. This allowed them to represent Waltham Forest at the London School games, where they took home a silver medal. They also won gold in the Essex and Hertfordshire junior volleyball competition and reached the semi-finals in the premiership beach volleyball contest.
Volunteer of the year – Matt Lovell (Hockey/Rowing)
Matt set up a youth section at Waltham Forest Hockey Club six years ago. He began with just two children and now there are more than 100. Through his commitment and ability to enthuse others to volunteer, youth activities are provided free of charge. He has also taken time off work to coach at local primary schools, providing taster sessions and coaching the winners of the borough school games through to the finals.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Howell
Jim has given over 50 year’s service to coaching, mentoring and organising sport and continues to manage school teams, teach and run a schools league and a number of clubs. He has been responsible for setting up rugby leagues, borough athletic championships, athletics leagues and developing a volleyball club and also the setting up of the sports federation. If he isn’t involved in organising a school competition he can be found at the volleyball, gymnastics or rugby club where he holds various posts.
Active Sports Grants 2012/13
The Active Sports Grant 2012/13 is available to support sports clubs within the borough of Waltham Forest to build capacity and increase standards of coaching.
The grant can be used in a variety of methods including purchase or upgrading equipment, up skilling coaches or volunteers, advertising and support to achieve Clubmark status. Funding cannot be used to pay coaching salaries, facility hire, kit or transport. The purpose of the funding restrictions is to ensure effective use of public funds and ensure sustainability.
Within the Active Sport Grant 2012/13 period organisations can bid up to a maximum of £2,000 per application (maximum of three applications per year).
Download the guidance and application form below:
Club Mark was developed in 2002 and involves partners such as National Governing Body’s (NGBs), Sport England, and ScUK. It is the only national cross sports junior accreditation scheme. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
Some of the sports have called the accreditation slightly different names. For example:
- Gymnastics is Gym Mark
- Swimming is Swim21
- Netball is Caps
- Football is Charter Standards
Waltham Forest Council offers intensive support to sport clubs in the borough which wish to go thorough the accreditation process.
For more detailed information visit the Club Mark website
Club Development Resources
Waltham Forest Council in partnership with Pro Active North London provide a range of online information and resources to support sports clubs within the borough. Areas include
- Club management
- Club business and development planning
- Finance and fundraising
- Safeguarding and protecting
- Engaging women and girls
- Equality and inclusion
- Facility development and management
- Standards and accreditation
- Workforce development
More on club development resources
During 2012 Waltham Forest Sport & Leisure hosted 14 coach education workshops where over 170 participants took part from 29 different Waltham Forest sports clubs.
Participants were involved in a range of courses, including topics as diverse as safeguarding, strength & conditioning, inclusive & active and first aid.
The coach education programme provides coaches with the chance to develop existing skills and learn new ones and allows Waltham forest sports club to work towards Clubmark.
Sports Club Directory
Waltham Forest has over 110 sport clubs within the borough which residents are able to access. Sport Clubs that are based in the borough can list their club within the sports directory. The online directory is constantly updated. The majority of the clubs are open to new participants with a range of abilities. To register your club please complete the registration form below. View the sports directory
Waltham Forest also works in partnership with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, community based charities that run a range of innovative and creative sports and educational projects in Waltham Forest and other London boroughs.
For further information please ring LOCSP on 020 8556 5973 or THF on 020 8365 5138.
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