June 2019 • Vision RCL

The London Youth Games 2019 competition has begun and our Redbridge teams have already brought home impressive results! Every year Vision’s Sport and Health team work with children in the borough to build confidence, practice and build teams to compete for Redbridge in various sports including Badminton, Tennis, Netball and more.

During the two day competition held on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June at Redbridge Sports Centre, our teams competing for Redbridge came away with some great results and medals.

See the results from the London Youth Games posted below.

  • Badminton – won Gold
  • Table Tennis (Girls) – won Gold
  • Tennis – won Silver
  • Hockey – Girls and Boys both qualified for the finals on Sunday 7 July
  • Table Tennis (Boys) – 5th place
  • Netball – 5th place
  • Squash (Boys) – 5th place

Redbridge also competed in the Judo competitions that took place at Lee Velley athletics stadium, picking up some medals!

  • Judo Male – 16th place, with 2 individuals receiving Gold & 2 individuals receiving Bronze
  • Judo Female – 8th place, with 1 individual receiving Gold & 2 individuals receiving Silver

Among the results for this year, our teams placed 10th in cycling, with one of our female cyclists receiving Gold and Silver, Gold in handball (girls) and 5th in handball (boys). We also placed 3rd and 5th in Kayak sprint & Slalom.

The London Youth games will culminate in the finals weekend on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July at Crystal palace.

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure has partnered with Circulate, a group of arts organisations working together to bring outstanding, free outdoor arts events to London, enlivening the neighbourhoods where people live. Find out more on the Circulate website.

We have a range of events taking place in Ilford Town Centre this summer, so come along and enjoy with the family. All events are free, there is no need to book so just turn up.

Saturday 20 July, 2pm & 4pm

Avanti Display present

Full Circle

Full Circle is a mischievous and experimental show from Avanti Display, that plays with the complicity between audience and performer. A slow and intriguing performance, the show builds gently through to suspense, hilarity and unforeseeable consequences. Just how many buckets do they need? Now it’s starting to look a bit precarious. That’s a lot of buckets!

Saturday 10 August, 2pm & 4pm

Ofir Yudilevitch present


Gravitas is a two man duet combining contemporary dance and acrobatics on an air floor mattress. The piece questions ideas of manhood and boyhood; the two performers play recklessly with each other and the audience, trying to regain a sense of fearlessness that is usually lost in childhood.

Saturday 31 August, 2pm & 4.30pm

Southpaw Dance Company presents


Icarus is the brand new outdoor work from Southpaw Dance Company. Featuring an impressively mythic set of wings, with blistering lifting and contact work alongside Southpaw’s distinctive mix of intense physicality and narrative, Icarus is a dance theatre interpretation of the classic Greek myth.

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Vision works with volunteers regularly across all of our services, helping to create opportunities and shape communities for the future. We value our volunteers and all of their hard work in giving back to the community. In an event on Thursday 6 June, coinciding with Volunteers Week, all of our volunteers were invited to an evening hosted at Valentines Mansion where their contributions were celebrated.

One of sports volunteers, Chandra Arora, known as Chani, has been working with Vision’s Sport and Health team to offer free hockey coaching sessions for all pupils, helping and encouraging both new and established players develop their game. President of Redbridge & Ilford Hockey Club, Chani is a passionate hockey man, with over 20 years of coaching experience including preparing teams to compete for the London Youth Games.

During the event last week, Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr. Zulfiqar Hussain presented Chani with an award for ‘unsung hero volunteer of the year’ on behalf of England Hockey.

Chani is a great ambassador for hockey and his personal ethos is that “no children should suffer from lack of resources.” He has proactively sought sponsorships and organised various fundraising events to generate funds for sports equipment and has successfully approached major hockey suppliers over the years for new and old stock for the children and schools who could not fund the cost.

Vision offers a range of volunteering opportunities with our libraries, parks, sports and arts services. For more information please visit:

Saturday 15 June 11am-4.30pm

VR Playground is the latest ride experiment by SPACE artist and the world’s first Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker and his Thrill Laboratory.

Scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel; leap tall structures in a single bound; and undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss – don a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure!

In VR Playground, Professor Walker propels you through a series of colourful abstract virtual worlds, each driven by the action of your swinging within a cubic structure. He has crafted moments of wonder, awe and trepidation to elicit unexpected emotions, which you inadvertently perform to onlookers, many of whom are queuing for the ride themselves, curious to discover the secrets of these hidden worlds.

VR Playground is commissioned by Horizon Digital Economy Research, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, and Without Walls. It is supported by Arts Council England and produced by Thrill Laboratory, Horizon Digital Economy Research, and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. To learn more about our partner, please visit the Without Walls website.

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Vision’s Nature Conservation Ranger Team have been supported by partner The Orchard Project to help enrichen the community, work with local residents and volunteers to plant and maintain orchards in Claybury Park and other Redbridge parks.

We are excited to share that The Orchard Project recently landed a place as one of three finalists in the BBC Food and Farming Awards, hosted by the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 for the work they’ve been doing alongside our Nature Conservation Ranger Team in Claybury Park. The Orchard Project’s scheme helps to preserve our orchards and heritage as well as reducing food waste. The BBC judge, Donald Sloan, visited Claybury Park to meet with Orchard Project’s, Kath Rosen and Elizabeth Pegler and Vision’s Senior Nature Conservation Ranger, Francis Castro and Nature Conservation Volunteer, Lesley Warner.

Francis Castro spoke about the work behind maintaining the orchard:

“The Orchard is looked after by the Nature Conservation team, and we have a group of volunteers who essentially help us to maintain this site.

Quite a lot of the apples are used by the wildlife of the park and some of the local residents will take a handful or a bag. With The Orchard Project we are harvesting the surplus here as well to produce apple juice and cider as part of their enterprise scheme which is really exciting; it’s just a really good relationship.”

Photo Credit: BBC