About the 2018 School Games

The 2018 School Games National Finals, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK.

Between Thursday 30 August and Sunday 2 September, more than 1,400 young athletes will compete across 11 sports, five of which include disability competition, at venues across Loughborough University Campus.

Always striving to creating a springboard for young athletes over various sports and disciplines, the School Games are proud to announce that five new sports will be included in this year's competition: Canoeing, Netball, Laser Run, Rowing and Triathlon.

Now in its 13th year, the School Games prides itself on providing a fun, competitive and safe environment for our future sports stars to experience a large, multi-sport event.

Spring-boarding sporting careers

With 11 sports available, five of those including disability events, the School Games aims to spring-board the Nation's elite young sports people to greater heights in their sporting careers.

The School Games National Finals at Loughborough University is underpinned by the School Games programme of intra and inter-school competition operating throughout schools in England. Over 23,000 schools are registered to take part.

Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the School Games will be immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world's top sporting University, Loughborough University.

To date, 19,200 young athletes have already taken part in the School Games, with many having gone on to represent GB on the global stage.

Fun facts

  • 56 of the 382 athletes representing Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio have competed at the School Games. This equates to 15% of the team.
  • 32 of the 160 athletes representing Team GB at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio have competed at the School Games. This equates to 20% of the team.
  • 17 former School Games competitors won medals at the Rio Olympics including six golds. This included Adam Peaty, Lily Owsley and Georgie Twigg.
  • The four-day spectacular is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
  • The athletes competing in track events will run a combined distance of 155,040 metres – the equivalent of 3.5 London Marathons.
  • The School Games was established after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and demonstrates the legacy of our home Games.
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