Event description

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest youth sports festival. It is now a season of events taking place over 9 months including both School and Community Competitions across 30 different sports. The competitions are part of the national School Games Programme.

School Competitions are organised locally by School Games Organisers, with the London finals hosted by LYG. For more information see our dedicated School Games page. Open competitions enable the most talented young people in each London borough to compete to become champions of London. Teams are organised by the sports development team in your local authority. Contact you borough team via our Borough Page. London Youth Games Foundation runs over 85 competitions in different sports. #London Youth Games are a unique season of events at the heart of youth sport in London. It has been London's favourite youth sports competition since 1977, when it was launched to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Since then, borough teams have competed on an annual basis for the Jubilee Trophy as the event has grown into Europe's largest annual youth sports event. Every year, it has reached its climax at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which has become the spiritual home of the event. In 2017, we are looking forward to hosting 99 school and community competitions, delivered by 3,500 volunteers across 30 sports. The Games will involve young people aged 7-19 from 33 London borough teams and around 1,000 schools. This will take place across 40 event days throughout the year. Angling Archery Athletics Badminton Basketball Boccia Canoeing Cricket Cycling Dance Diving Fencing Football Golf Gymnastics Handball Hockey Indoor Rowing Judo Netball Rowing Rugby Sailing Squash Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Triathlon/Aquathlon Volleyball Weightlifting

Volunteering opportunities

With us of course! Our volunteer programme is called 'GamesForce' and includes a bundle of offers from training opportunities to international events and our humble London wide events. You can do as much of as little as you like.

Volunteer package

Volunteering is about helping others, but there is so much you can get out of volunteering too! Everybody is different and there are so many different reasons to get involved. This is what some of our volunteers have said: Learn new skills and qualities such as problem solving and being part of a team Gain confidence- communicating with others and expressing your ideas Extra experience in the field that could lead to potential employment Make your CV sparkle- Universities/ colleges and employers are impressed by volunteering Make friends with people who share similar interests to you Keep active Have fun Without volunteers, Europe's Largest Annual Youth sporting event could not happen! Volunteers form the back-bone of our workforce throughout the whole season at all our events. Volunteering at the games offers the opportunity make a difference to each of our 130,000+ participants!