About London Youth Games

About the London Youth Games Foundation:

The Games are managed by London Youth Games (LYG) Foundation, a registered charity (1048705).  LYG Foundation was set up in 1986, nine years after the Games were established as a Queen's Jubilee Project.

Historically, the Board oversaw every aspect of the Games from financing and sponsorship to policy direction and was supported by contractors and volunteers from several Boroughs. Its members were local councillors and other individuals involved in the development of the Games; it was advised by local Borough Team Organisers.  In 2012 London Youth Games incorporated the nationwide School Games programme in the annual programme of events and work with the School Games Organisers.

The Board recognised that as the Games have taken on major sponsors and grown in size and importance, it needed to look at the structure of LYG Ltd.  

In 2008 it implemented a new structure including the appointment of its first full time staff of 2. Since 2008 the Games has continued to evolve and grow. The name changed to London Youth Games Foundation to better represent the activity delivered and in 2012 LYG Foundation became the lead applicant of the national program of School Games.

Currently the Foundation has a permanent team of 6 and a huge family of volunteers and partners that create and deliver the program of events each year

London Youth Games - producing Champions for over 30 years

The Games have a rich history of providing high quality sporting competitions for young Londoners.  They have developed significantly since their inception in 1977 and now include a Regatta as well as competitions for primary schools and disabled athletes.

As well as inspiring more than half a million Londoners to get involved in competitive sport, the Games have contributed to the development and discovery of many international athletes. At Beijing 2008, three of GB’s gold medallists - Mark Hunter, Christine Ohuorugu and Bradley Wiggins - were former LYG competitors, while at London 2012 there were 44 former participants of the Games involved including nine gold medallists. At the most recent Summer Games, Rio 2016, 19 LYG alumni were included in Team GB and ParalympicsGB, bringing home 12 medals - including golds for hockey player Sophie Bray, Wiggns, fellow cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand and athlete Mo Farah. 

Other famous Games alumni include four-time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott, basketballer Luol Deng, judoka Gemma Gibbons, footballers Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King, Raheem Sterling, Rachel Yankey and Fara Williams, squash player Alison Waters and tennis player Anne Keothavong.