==Balfour Beatty London Youth Games==
Thirty three years have been elapsed since the London Youth Games was fist held, but the underlying aim of providing a showcase for youth sports development in London and it still remains the same, but bigger. The Games begain in 1977, as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubliee celebrations. The event has grown since involving 4,000 young Londoners in 18 different sports. It has now stretched to over 40,000 sports and over 30 different sports and the largest youth sporting event in Europe. The Games are famous for kick starting the careers of some of Britain’s greatest sport stars including athletes such as Linford Christie (Hammersmith and Fulham), John Regis (Greenwich) Steve Backley (Greenwhich) Dalton Grant (Waltham Forest) David Wier (Sutton) Christine Ohuruogu (Newham) Luol Deng (Brixton) Mark Hunter (Tower Hamlets). The Games are run and organised by London Youth Games, a non profit making company owned and guaranteed by the London boroughs and the Corporation of London. The vent invites participation from all thirty-three London Boroughs, on the criteria that representatives are under the age of 19 and resident or in full time education in the borough which they represent.
Each Borough nominates a Borough Team Organiser from within its professional sports development staff or local voluntary sporting community, who in turn recruits a Team Manager in each of the Sporting Disciplines. Team Managers come from a variety of sources, including schools, youth and sports clubs. The coaches and managers are sometimes former or even current athletes themselves. Samson Oni is currently a coach for Southwark.
The Games comprise five separate events:
1. Finals weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, when over 40,000 young people compete in a variety of sports from angling and archery to swimming and tennis, with thousands more competing in preliminary round events in the five weeks running up to the finals.
2. Mini Games also at Crystal Palace, held two days before the finals. The events involves over 3,000 primary school children competing in a variety of “Mini Games” including short tennis, tag rugby and sports hall athletics.
3. Regatta, incorporating rowing at the Royal Albert Dock, canoeing at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre and sailing at Lee Valley Watersports Centre.
4. Cricket Cup, comprising a six a side indoor cricket competition for under 13 boys and girls. Two weeks preliminary rounds are followed by a final at Lord’s Indoor Cricket School.
5. Redbridge weekend where a number of qualifying events take place at Redbridge Sports Centre.