Wembley teacher scoops London Youth Games award

Mark Betts received his prize from England Rugby international Maggie Alphonsi

A dedicated Wembley teacher has scooped a prestigious award for his contribution to grass roots youth sport in London.

Mark Betts, associated headteacher at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Junior School in Chatsworth Avenue, was named Team Manager of the Year at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame Annual Awards, which took place last week.

He was rewarded for his tireless work throughout the year, enabling the borough’s youngsters to represent Brent at the London Youth Games.

England Rugby international Maggie Alphonsi presented Mr Betts with his award.

He said: “I’m very proud. It’s been a lot of hard work, but this has made it all worth it. There’s been a lot of work gone in to this year - we had children in eleven sports.

“Among those we had a cerebral palsy boy in the boccia, we had the captain of the football team and we won the water polo and indoor athletics. I will probably celebrate by holding an assembly and showing everyone this prize.”

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The London Youth Games involves youngsters from the city’s 33 boroughs competing across 30 sports on 25 event days.

The first event of the new season is the cross country at Hampstead Heath on November 17.