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Boys set Youth Games standard

Footballers win gold at sports festival, with hundreds more athletes set to compete

05 July, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Team Camden’s para footballers show off their Youth Games gold medals

HUNDREDS of kids from across Camden and Islington will descend upon the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace this weekend for the grand finals of Europe’s largest annual youth sports festival.

Boys and girls will don their borough’s colours and take part in the 41st London Youth Games, where they will tackle a variety of different disciplines, including archery, athletics, football, indoor rowing and swimming.

Team Camden will go into the showpiece in confident mood after winning their first gold medal of the Games courtesy of the boys’ para football team.

Made up of pupils from Regent High School in Somers Town, the triumphant team didn’t concede a single goal on the way to the final, where they beat Southwark 1-0 to become champions of the capital.

Islington’s para footballers finished an impressive second in their group

Team manager Grant Osborn, who teaches PE at Regent High, said: “The boys were fantastic, and defended impeccably throughout the tournament. They scored 10 goals on the way to becoming champions, while not conceding any, which is brilliant.

“They really deserve their gold medal, and have made their borough extremely proud.”

Islington boys’ para football team also did well, finishing second in their group, behind Camden, and going on to take fourth place overall.

The Mayor of Islington with Tomique Gibson and Reuben Arthur

Despite just missing out on a medal the squad, made up of pupils from Samuel Rhodes School and Highbury Grove, still had reason to celebrate.

They were named the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Secondary Team of the Year at the Islington Schools Sports, GLL Sports Foundation and Sport Islington Awards.

Held at Islington Assembly Hall, the awards were presented by the Mayor of Islington, councillor Dave Poyser, and local athlete Reuben Arthur, who won 100m relay gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games, and has been supported by the GLL Sports Foundation and Sport Islington.

Among the other young sports stars honoured was gymnast Tomique Gibson, who was named Sport Islington Sportswoman of the Year, and basketball player Manie Jones, who was named Sportsman of the Year.


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