History

Queen Elizabeth at Games    

The London Youth Games has been London's favourite youth sports competition since 1977, when it was launched to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured above at the 1992 London Youth Games).

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. 

YEAR BY YEAR LANDMARKS

1977
The First London Youth Games is conceived as one of two major sporting events to mark The Queen’s Jubilee. The Games are held at the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace and has remained there ever since.

1985
As the Games continue to grow in size and complexity an organisation dedicated to running the Games and other London-wide sports events for young people, London Youth Games Ltd, is created.

1986
The 1986 London Youth Games sees the introduction of a watersports regatta at the Royal Albert and Victoria Docks in East London.

1987
To celebrate its tenth year, the London Youth Games features in cycling’s Milk Race (in May). The third major London Youth Games event, the cross-country championships, is introduced into the Games programme.

1994
The Games attract their first-ever title sponsor, BAA Heathrow. Games are renamed the London Heathrow Youth Games. The year also sees the introduction of an event especially for Londoners under the age of 11, the Mini Games.

1996
Aimed at a new age group - under 13s - the Indoor Cricket Cup is introduced

1998
For the first time, the London Heathrow Youth Games breaks the 20,000-competitor barrier

1999
The Regatta is revamped, with the introduction of separate competitions in canoeing, sailing and rowing. Events specifically for disabled athletes; swimmers and footballers are also introduced, as well as girls’ rugby union

2000
A four-day national Youth Games final, bringing together the winning teams from all 43 Area Youth Games in the UK, takes place across seven Southampton venues in August 2000. London sends two squads to represent them in the 12 sports competitions

2002
The Queen visits the Mini Games as part of her Golden Jubilee Tour. The Games reach their 25th anniversary

2003
The games website www.londonyouthgames.org is born. A Festival Stage (complete with big screen), 95.8 Capital FM and the Royal Navy entertain the Crystal Palace Borough Village crowds throughout the Finals Weekend

2004
The Games showcase the London 2012 bid at its launch and at finals weekend. Participants greet the Athens Olympic Flame as it arrives in the UK on its world tour

2005
As BAA Heathrow sponsorship ends, new public sector funding secures the Games future with long term-funding from Sport England London and the Greater London Authority

2007
Balfour Beatty announces a six year association with the London Youth Games, signing as title sponsor until 2013

2009
The Games celebrates the 500,000th competitor in its history. The Games also has a patron for the first time ever with former competitor, Chicago Bulls and GB basketball captain Luol Deng fulfilling the role. The Hall of Fame is launched with Christine Ohuruogu and Linford Christie amongst the first inductees

2010
The London Youth Games smashes another record for number of participants with over 64,000 participants taking part.

2011
The London Youth Games hosts the capital's pilot event of the School Games at Crystal Palace, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt attend. A new record of 71,025 young Londoners take part in the 2011 Games.

2012
In the year when the city hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London Youth Games hosts the biggest competition programme in its history with 80 school and community competitions across 30 sports. A record-smashing 104,463 participate in the 2012 London Youth Games. there are 44 former London Youth Games competitors at London 2012, winning 14 medals, including nine gold.

Jubilee Trophy Winners »

Jubilee Trophy

The Jubilee Trophy is annually awarded to the overall winners of the London Youth Games across all the sports.

Hall of Fame »

Mo Farah

Christine Ohuruogu, Rio Ferdinand, Mo Farah, Luol Deng and many more have been inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame