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London Youth Games: Havering begin another bid

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 January 2014

The London Youth Games indoor cricket qualifiers were held at Harrow Leisure Centre

The London Youth Games indoor cricket qualifiers were held at Harrow Leisure Centre

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Hylands were crowned primary school boccia champions of Havering recently and will compete at the London Youth Games finals in MarchHylands were crowned primary school boccia champions of Havering recently and will compete at the London Youth Games finals in March

Havering youngsters will compete in the first London Youth Games event of 2014 this weekend.

The boys indoor cricket qualifiers at Harrow kickstart another busy spring of competition across the capital, following the cross-country at Parliament Hill before Christmas.

And Havering team manager Joe Playle revealed there is plenty of excitement in the camp, saying: “Both the boys and girls cricket squads have been training leading up to the qualifiers. The standard is really high and you always have to be at your best to make it to the finals at Lord’s.

“But both squads will feel they have a good chance of being in attendance at the home of cricket on March 2.

Hall Mead pupils won Havering's panathlon challenge and will represent the borough at the regional finals in NewhamHall Mead pupils won Havering's panathlon challenge and will represent the borough at the regional finals in Newham

“The boys first game is against reigning champions Harrow, and then they have Merton and Lambeth to contend with for a place at Lord’s.

“The girls squad have matches a week later against Enfield and Wandsworth, with the group winners making it through.

“It promises to be an exciting year for Havering with a number of sportivate projects shaping the selection process for a number of different sports.

“The London Youth Games provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to represent the borough and test themselves against the rest of the capital.

“Many great athletes have started out their careers representing their borough and Havering are no exception in producing stars such as Mark Hunter and Amy Marren. Maybe a Havering competitor this year could be the face of the future?”

The Havering Indoor Rowing Championships were due to be held at Havering Sixth Form College yesterday (Thursday).

As well as battling it out for the borough title, youngsters were trying to achieve qualifying distances for a London Youth Games training camp.

Havering won silver in this event in 2013 and are looking to produce a strong squad to go one better this year.

n Hall Mead School came out on top in the Havering Panathlon Challenge recently, where over 30 young disabled pupils took part in events such as boccia, new age kurling, polybat, table cricket and athletics.

Sports Leaders from Campion School helped make the event extra special for participants and the winners will be joined by pupils from Dycourts and Ravensbourne when they represent the borough at the East Region qualifiers in Newham on Tuesday.

Hylands, meanwhile, were crowned Havering’s primary schools boccia champions at Romford YMCA.

They saw off the challenge of Ardleigh Green, Clockhouse, Elm Park and Newtons and will compete in the Youth Games boccia competition in March.


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