The sixth annual Youth Parade kicked off on Sunday 22nd September 2019 to celebrate the inspirational young people of Barking and Dagenham and the positive contributions they make in the community.

Hundreds of people came out to line the streets and support the parade, starting in Old Dagenham Park and ending in Parsloes Park, where the rest of the fun started. The event included games, rides, music, dancing, and, of course, food! It was also an opportunity for young people to explore clubs and activities available to them in the community. 

SportInspired attended the Youth Parade with five local schools from Barking and Dagenham that took part in our "New Me" programme last year including Hunters Hall, Ripple Primary, William Bellamy, St. Josephs Barking Primary and Gascoigne Primary. Barking and Dagenham's Mayor, Councillor Peter Chand attended the event and was impressed by the amount of people who attended the Youth Parade!









The fun carried on after the parade with a SportInspired dance competition between the schools, judged by Councillor Rodwell. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School came out on top, winning scooters for the whole team! Afterwards, Councillor Rodwell joined the schools and the SportInspired team to dance along to Go Bananas!

We ran a mini SportInspired festival for the five schools, where they had the opportunity to play boccia, athletics and to learn more dance moves. The Youth Parade is a fantastic way to celebrate all the good our youth does every day and is a great way to bring our communities together - SportInspired was extremely proud to be a part of it. 

Results of our New Me Programme 2019:


1030 primary school children engaged
7 Legacy clubs set up after each festival
44 Hours of nutrition training



100% Increase in children eating two portions of fruit and veg
20% Decrease in number of children doing no sports 
27% Increase in children playing outside after school