Leisure and sport update - coronavirus

Southwark has started a phased return for outdoor and indoor sport and recreation. Outdoor sport facilities, including football pitches, park-based tennis courts and fishing facilities re-opened from 29 March 2021 with restrictions. We'll work to make other activities available safely, in line with government guidelines.
Following the government guidelines regarding the re-opening of leisure centres, we've been working with Everyone Active, which manages the council’s leisure centres, to ensure this can be done safely. We're pleased to confirm that all of our leisure centres re-opened on 12 April 2021. Group fitness, children’s soft play and sauna/steam rooms will be re-introduced as a second phase from 17 May 2021. It's still important that everyone follows guidance about social distancing, in order to enjoy these spaces sensibly and safely. Find more information on plans to re-open your local leisure centre 

London Youth Games

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic all of Southwark London Youth Games preparations including training, trials and events have been postponed until further notice.
We'll continue to monitor the situation with guidance from council officers, London Youth Games, National Governing Bodies of sport and the Department of Health.
Please remember that being active is still important and there are plenty of ways you can keep active at home, for ideas visit the Sport England website

London Youth Games season 2020

The London Youth Games season 2020 has been cancelled to protect the health, safety and well-being of the young people, volunteers and partners

Do you love sport, aged 8 to 18, and live or go to school in Southwark.

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest youth sports festival, a season of events taking place across 9 months. It runs a borough vs borough format with sports competitions across the capital in over 30 sports. You can find more information about the sports (pdf, 104kb).

Young people are selected to represent Southwark through trials and club activities to gain the opportunity to test themselves against the best young athletes in London, and follow the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand and Jordan Sancho.

We're currently taking expression of interest for the following sports:

  • boccia
  • indoor Cricket

Due to Covid-19 the London Youth Games has not been running their usual competitions. However they remain passionate about young people being active and running fun competition.

This year the LYG Cross Country event was delivered virtually, and some local motivated runners braved the cold to represent Team Southwark, submitting their times on-line to earn points for the borough. The Southwark physical activity team would like to thank all parents, teachers and supporters for their help, and a big congratulations to all the runners that took part.

If you want to be a part of Team Southwark’s success this year, contact us on LYG@Southwark.gov.uk to find out about the selection process for the different teams this year.

In the meantime, you can improve your skills by joining one of the many local sports clubs by viewing our Sports Directory (pdf, 755kb).

Volunteers We Need You

Without volunteers we can’t have sport! To ensure we provide a great experience for all athletes we need your help. There are opportunities to help Team Southwark reach the top of the table in the following ways:

 Roles include: 

  • Team Manager
  • Assistant Team Manager
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Administrator
  • Team supporter

If you'd like more information, contact lyg@southwark.gov.uk or call 0207 525 4182.

London Youth Games

Page last updated: 22 December 2020

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