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PUBLISHED: 14:58 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

TRIUMPH: Winning members of Bromley bid team with champion weightlifter Zoe Smith (far left), Capital FM presenter Margharita Taylor (second right) and Paralympic swimmer Dervis Konuralp (far right).

TRIUMPH: Winning members of Bromley bid team with champion weightlifter Zoe Smith (far left), Capital FM presenter Margharita Taylor (second right) and Paralympic swimmer Dervis Konuralp (far right).

BASKETBALL is coming to the borough, thanks to a £5,000 sports development programme. An award from the Balfour Beatty Sport Development Grant Programme will enable Bromley council to provide basketball sessions for 340 children.

BASKETBALL is coming to the borough, thanks to a £5,000 sports development programme.

An award from the Balfour Beatty Sport Development Grant Programme will enable Bromley council to provide basketball sessions for 340 children.

Funds will support two-hour, coach-led sessions and help set up a South London regional basketball competition. The sessions are specifically for disadvantaged children or those with special educational needs.

Children will also get the chance to take part in training sessions in boccia, swimming and athletics for 20 weeks leading to the London Youth Games.

About 3,500 children in London will benefit from almost £50,000 of investment, thanks to the grant and 95.8 Capital FM's Help a London Child.

Other boroughs receiving investment for 23 sports are Barnet, Haringey, Hounslow and Wandsworth.

Recipients of the grants were announced at a reception in Whitehall last Wednesday, hosted by 95.8 Capital FM and former T4 presenter Margharita Taylor. Also in attendance were MP Kate Hoey, the Mayor of London's advisor on sport, four-time Paralympic swimmer Dervis Konuralp and Commonwealth Youth weightlifting champion Zoe Smith, from Abbey Wood.

For more information about this year's Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, the finals of which will take place at Crystal Palace in July, go to www.londonyouthgames.org.

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