Central London School Games update
The first schools have been confirmed as participants for the Central London School Games, which will take place at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on Friday 1st July.
The event is the capital’s pilot event for the School Games, the Government’s England-wide school sport initiative. The event is being delivered by the London Youth Games Foundation in partnership with Southfields Community College, PRO-ACTIVE Central London and Youth Sport Trust and is being funded by Sport England National Lottery.
Eight School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) will be represented at the event by school teams, several of whom have earned their right via qualifying competitions for nine sports.
Wandsworth Wizards will be represented by Ernest Beven College in athletics (male) and by Putney High for athletics (female). City of London Academy will line up in the colours of the Southwark Sounds in cricket (male), basketball (male), badminton (male) and athletics (male). The Elm Green School will represent Lambeth Lightening in both male and female volleyball competitions.
Islington Eagles will be represented by Mary Magdalene Academy in athletics (female).Saint Marylebone Church of England will represent Westminster Wildfire in badminton (female) and volleyball (female). The Southwark Suns will have Kingsdale as their representatives in cricket (male).
Meanwhile, the other two SSP teams are poised to name two other confirmed schools following upcoming qualifiers. The Kensington and Chelsea Royals host their golf (mixed) qualifier at Westway Sports Centre on Tuesday 24 May and The Camden Cats host cricket (male) qualifiers at Regent’s Park on Thursday 9 June.
The other sports set to take place at the Central London School Games are mini tennis (mixed), boccia (mixed) and netball (female). More teams will be confirmed as the event nears. Alongside the competitions at Crystal Palace, the Mascot Programme and County Athletic Assessment Day (CAAD) will also take place at the venue.
The Mascot Programme will see teams being supported by primary aged children from their own SSP. The CAAD will see a series of talent ID stations for disability sports such as athletics, boccia, football, swimming and wheelchair basketball.