Waltham Forest off to volleyball finals

Waltham_ForestWaltham Forest female volleyball team secured their place at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games volleyball finals after an exciting day’s play at SCORE Centre in June.

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games involve all 33 London Boroughs in 85 competitions and 30 sports, are open to all Londoners aged 7–18 and are Europe’s largest annual youth sports event.

Waltham Forest, who last medalled in 2013 with bronze, produced some fine form throughout the day to book their place at finals. Their toughest match of the day came in their group game against Hounslow which proved to be a 26-24 thriller. In their quarter-final they took on Brent and after establishing an early lead they were pegged back before displaying calm heads to run out 25-19 winners.

Team manager Jan Carne said: “We hoped that we would get through and we came under pressure a couple of times so I’m really pleased that we managed to get through to the finals.” She now hopes to get in a lot of training time with the team ahead of finals.

“Well hopefully lots of training. Unfortunately some of the players are going to be away the next couple of weeks so just trying to keep training and just keep focused and keep doing the things we’ve been doing. Consistency is the key.”

Volleyball is one of 33 sports in the 2015 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games.

The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event and is driving the legacy for increased participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.

126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to over 1 million participants since it first launched in 1977.

The youth games helps organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

The volleyball finals take place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday 4 July – check the results on the website below.

By Abdullah Mahmood

To find out more about the competing or volunteering at, visit www.londonyouthgames.org or follow @ldnyouthgames on Twitter. Maggie Alphonsi, Patron of 2015 Balfour Beatty. London Youth Games www.youtube.com/watch?v= K1mBajXapCY.