About the 2021 School Games

The 2021 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 talented young athletes across the UK.

Between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th September, more than 1,300 young athletes will compete across ten sports, including disability disciplines, at venues across Loughborough University Campus.

The School Games National Finals will be the first multi-sport event for young athletes following the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Our athletes have spent the last year and a half working tirelessly on their fitness and training in the hopes of competing at Loughborough University this summer.

Now back and in its 14th year, we’ll be celebrating the resilience of our young athletes by sharing their stories of how they have stayed motivated and maintained their competitive edge to be ready to compete on this national stage.

Spring-boarding sporting careers

With ten sports available, including four disability events, the School Games National Finals aims to spring-board young athletes 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 18,000 schools are registered to take part.

Although the 2021 School Games National Finals will look different to previous years, the young athletes selected for the National Finals will be immersed in a major multi-sport event, hosted by the world's top sporting University, Loughborough University.

Fun facts

  • 75 of the athletes representing Team GB at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo have competed at the School Games National Finals.
  • 32 of the 160 athletes who represented Team GB at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio 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.