Young people across the London Borough of Merton are being encouraged to limber up for next year’s London Youth Games.
More than 25,000 young sports people from across the city are expected to participate in 30 different events.
They will have the opportunity to represent their school and their borough.
Two young athletes already have their sights set on success. 15 year old cricketer, Taylor Torr and 13 year old badminton player, Toby Harland attended the official launch of the Games.
They met with Great Britain 400m world champion, Christine Ohuruogu and former world indoor 800m medallist Jo Fenn.
Cabinet member for School Standards and Youth Engagement, Councillor Oonagh Moulton says: “The London Youth Games gives all young people the chance to get involved in sport. You don’t have to be an athlete. You just have to want to participate. In the past, many young people have developed a love of sport after taking part and realising their potential.”
Anyone interested in being part of the Merton squad should contact the council’s Leisure Development Team on 020 8545 3663 or go to http://www.merton.gov.uk
Notes to editors:
· The London Youth Games are open to anyone aged between 11 and 18.
· All London boroughs can enter teams.
· For more information, go to http://www.londonyouthgames.org