Wandsworth has a long tradition of sporting successes and, one month in, 2016 is already looking like it could be a bumper year.
The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, which runs until July, is Europe's largest youth sports festival. Individuals and schools from across the borough compete for either the Jubilee Trophy or the Schools Shield in 85 different competitions, covering 30 sports, including tennis, athletics, football, dance, rugby, squash and many more.
Sadiq said: “I have been keeping a careful eye on the results of the qualifying rounds and I am delighted to report that reigning Jubilee Trophy Champions, Wandsworth, is currently in first place on the leaderboard of 33 boroughs and fifth place in the School’s Shield”.
He added “Wandsworth has a reputation for excellence in these games, having won for the first time in 2013. Volleyball and judo are two disciplines the borough excels at and two members of volleyball Team GB, Peter and Dami Bakare, used to compete for Wandsworth in the London Youth Games”.
Wandsworth is currently in first place in male judo, male and female volleyball and female hockey.
There is more information on the London Youth Games here.
Meanwhile, Furzedown Primary School has just been crowned the winners of the Maurice Fulcher Cricket Trophy 2016 at the Oval. This is the first time the school has won the trophy, which pits teams from Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth against each other.
Sadiq said “this year’s competition was especially tough with one member of the Furzedown Team even ending up in hospital with an arm injury having been hit with a bat. I wish Lucy a swift recovery and I’d like to congratulate Furzedown Primary on their historic win!”
"Many of the children who participate in sports train at the Tooting Bec Athletics Track, so I'm delighted to report that use of the track has increased by 22 per cent since I launched my campaign to keep the track open and affordable in October 2014".
Last year, there were over 71,000 visits to the Track.