Silver service for Newham boys
PUBLISHED: 09:24 28 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 28 March 2015
Langdon Academy shine at athletics event
Newham youngsters were in sparkling form at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace this week, winning a silver medal.
The borough was represented by Langdon Academy at the spring finals, where around 2,500 youngsters from across the capital competed at the National Sports Centre.
The two-day event featuring eight sports was the climax of the school season of competitions which saw an estimated 50,000 young Londoners take part.
And Langdon Academy were up against seven other schools in the year eight boys’ sportshall athletics final, just missing out on gold behind Greenwich school Thomas Tallis as Redbridge school Beal High won bronze.
The competition included a number of adapted indoor activities including an obstacle relay, shot put and a standing long jump.
Langdon Academy team manager Lauren Clark said: “I was hoping for a medal position, obviously first would be amazing, but I’m very proud of the boys to have got second.
“The boys have been really, really dedicated and trained quite regularly in the upcoming weeks so they’ve put in the hard work and got what they deserved.”
Sportshall Athletics, Badminton, Netball, Football, Boccia, Hockey, Inclusive Zone Basketball and Water Polo are among 31 sports in the 2015 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, Europe’s largest annual youth sports event driving the legacy for increased participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.
A record 126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to over 1 million participants since it first launched in 1977.