London Youth Games
We passionately believe that we should use our resources to help improve the social environments of the communities in which we operate.
This is why we are lead sponsors for the London Youth Games, Europe’s largest annual youth sports event. We recognise the value that sport brings for the lives of young people and are committed to helping raise their aspirations, motivation and attainment levels in local communities.
A stepping stone
The London Youth Games was launched in 1977 and offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and levels of experience. It has been a stepping stone in the careers of many international and Olympic athletes, including Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Christine Ohuruogu, Gemma Gibbons, Sir David Weir, Joanna Rowsell, Zoe Smith and Chemmy Alcott.
In May 2014, we announced that we will be extending our sponsorship of the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games to 2016, bringing the total investment to over £4 million.
As a result of this sponsorship, we have helped the London Youth Games more than quadruple from 27,045 participants in 2007 to 114,295 participants in 2013, with the number set to continue growing.
But although cash is important to the success of the Games, it is not the whole story.
We have a strong volunteering culture; every year hundreds of our employees and their families give their time to volunteer at the Games.
As of 2014, Balfour Beatty has assumed the sponsorship of the London Youth Games Volunteer team, GamesForce, which offers opportunities for those aged 14+ to gain qualifications in officiating media and events, take on leadership roles and develop key teamwork skills.
The Hall of Fame
Each year, we induct new athletes into the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame at our annual Awards evening.
This year's event, hosted by Olympic kier Chemmy Alcott and Olympic sprinter Jeanette Kwakye, was held at Madame Tussauds where we inducted World swimming gold medallist Craig Moate, Commonwealth weightlifting champion Zoe Smith and former LA Laker basket-baller Steve Bucknall.
It is also an opportunity to recognise and reward the great work carried out each year by our own volunteers and the volunteers in the community.
The night is always extremely popular, and this year we got some fantastic feedback!
“It is always a huge pleasure. It was a great night, a special one and I had to be there.” - Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic & World 400m gold medallist
“Great evening celebrating London's greatest, from athletes to volunteers to boroughs. Well done all!" - Chemmy Alcott, four time Winter Olympian
“What an amazing event, hanging out with legends! So many high achievers... Rio 2016 Champions in the making!" - Donna Fraser, World, European and Commonwealth medallist