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‘Kick-ups’ among events as athletes compete in virtual competition

25 June, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

William Ellis pupil Harley Keogh managed 68 kick-ups for Team Camden in the Virtual Games

YOUNG athletes from across Camden and Islington have one last chance to get online and represent their borough in Europe’s largest annual sports celebration.

The London Youth Games have proved to be a big hit despite being forced to go virtual this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The “Virtual Games” were launched on June 8, and every week youngsters across the capital have been taking part in challenges that can be done at home, at school or while out for daily exercise.

There are just three more sport-related events to go, which will be revealed from Monday, before the overall champions are crowned on Saturday, July 4.

With the points from week three of four still to be calculated, Team Camden are in second place overall with 187 – just seven points away from leaders Bromley.

Week two saw Camden add three more medals to their overall tally, including gold in the football challenge, in which entrants had to see how many kick-ups they could do in a minute.

William Ellis pupil Harley Keogh was among those who took part, managing an impressive 68 kick-ups in his garden in Kentish Town.

“It’s been really fun having the chance to represent my borough again,” said the 13-year-old, who has previously competed for Camden in table tennis and cross-country. “We’re all missing sport, and the Virtual Games have been a great way to still allow us to take part in competitive competition.”

Team Camden also bagged bronze medals in judo, where challengers had to do as many “sit out” exercises as they could in 60 seconds, and basketball, where they had to do as many crossover dribbles as they could in the same time frame, bouncing the ball from one hand to the other.

That means the borough has now won five medals overall, including bronze medals in athletics and netball challenges. Team Camden’s manager, Ben Dorsett, who works for Camden Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Service, said: “It’s been great to see so many young people embrace a virtual competition at a time when they would normally have been gathering to take part in the grand finals of the London Youth Games, ParaGames and the School Games.

“I’m sure everyone who has taken part has made their respective boroughs proud.”

Islington also still have time to take up the last round of challenges and secure further precious points as they look to climb off the foot of the table.

Participants are encouraged to share videos of their entries on social media using #ThisIsLYG. There’s also a chance to win a weekly MVP award and extra prizes, including Nike trainers.

Any young people who wish to join in the final round of the Virtual Games should visit www.londonyouthgames.org or follow LYG on social media for further information and results.

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