HAMMERSMITH boys' team won gold at the Balfour Beatty London Games disability football finals on Wednesday 22 May.
Taking place at Hackney Marshes, London's spiritual home of grass roots community football, the day saw over 500 youngsters representing 51 borough teams from across the city.
In the boys' competition for pupils from year 6-9, Hammersmith & Fulham, made up of pupils from Wood Lane and Cambridge, were looking to go two better than their bronze medal in 2012.
Hammersmith & Fulham were impressive from the start and came through their group unbeaten and saw off the challenge of Haringey in the quarter-finals 2-0. In the semi-final against Southwark, Hammersmith & Fulham dominated from the start but found it hard to break down their opponents. However pressure told and a single goal was enough to secure their place in the final.
In the final they were up against a Wandsworth side that had knocked out defending champions Lambeth in the quarter-finals and had failed to concede a goal all tournament. However they were unable to keep up that clean sheet in the final and Hammersmith & Fulham did the business to leave Hackney Marshes as deserved champions.
Team manager Conor McBrearty, disability project manager at Queen's Park Rangers, was immensely proud of his team's performance: "It's brilliant. We got to the semi-final last year so to actually win it was brilliant because a lot of these guys are probably moving on so it's a great chance for this team to actually win a final. I'm really proud of them."
He also hopes that events such as this will help keep the young players involved in sport when they leave school. He said: "It's unbelievable, just to put on the jersey and be a part of a London event is really good because a lot of these guys probably won't get a chance to play competitive sport.
"This should be a stepping stone to mainstream teams or disability specific teams so keeping them in sport is the big thing."
The London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sports event. A record 104,463 young Londoners took part in the 2012 London Youth Games.
The 2013 London Youth Games will be the biggest in history featuring 85 competitions across 33 sports and 27 event days, culminating in finals week at the National Sports Centre Crystal Palace in July where the overall winning borough are awarded the Jubilee Trophy.
There were 44 former London Youth Games competitors who took part in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games winning 14 medals, including nine gold from Mo Farah (athletics), David Weir (disability athletics), Bradley Wiggins (cycling), Joanna Rowsell (cycling), Naomi Riches (disability rowing). To find out more and to get involved, visit www.londonyouthgames.org