About London Youth Games
The Games are managed by London Youth Games Foundation, a registered charity (1048705). The London Youth Games Foundation was set up in 1986, nine years after the Games were established as one of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee projects.
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.
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 the organisation.
In 2008 it implemented a new structure including the appointment of its first full time Chief Executive, Russell Findlay. Russell has experience of successfully leading a sports charity through growth and change, most recently as Chief Executive of Fulham FC Foundation.
In 2010 the Foundation has been through a review of its governance and structure and has adopted a new Memorandum and Articles of Association and is currently in the process of appointing new independent trustees.
The Games are free and open to all young people, aged between 7 and 18, living in or going to school in the capital. In 2012 over 100,000 participants began the journey to represent their local borough in one of 80 competitions across 30 sports.
The Games offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes.
Our Hall of Fame, made up of former competitors was established in 2009 and includes Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu, England footballer Rio Ferdinand, Paralympic gold medallist David Weir and Chicago Bulls basektball star Luol Deng.