London Youth Games are putting disabled young Londoners at the heart of this year Virtual Inclusive Games competition. It is an eight-week series of virtual challenges starting from the 9th of February till the 5th of April.
Following the success of the summer’s Virtual Games, which attracted over 40,000 entries during the first national lockdown, London Youth Games has taken an inclusive approach to its latest virtual offering. The LYG Virtual Inclusive Games will feature inclusive challenges set by young disabled people, to ensure as many young Londoners as possible can get involved.
“The LYG Virtual Inclusive Games come at a critical time for young disabled Londoners,” said LYG CEO, Andy Dalby-Welsh. “This has been highlighted by the Activity Alliance’s latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey, which shows a worrying decline in activity levels among disabled people during the pandemic.”
Activity Alliance’s ‘Annual Disability and Activity Survey’, released earlier this week, reveals twice as many disabled people feel that coronavirus has greatly reduced their ability to do sport or physical activity compared to non-disabled people. The survey also shows that almost a quarter of disabled people believe that they had not received enough information about how to be active during the pandemic, and that for many a lack of activity has led to a deterioration in both physical and mental wellbeing.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9am a new challenge will be released via the London Youth Games website and social media channels. Anyone who wants to get involved will have until Monday at 12pm to complete these weekly challenges and submit their scores!
Individual prizes are also up for grabs. Share videos of your challenge attempts on social media using #ThisIsLYG to be in with a chance of winning the weekly MVP award and some Nike swag!