About the School Games National Finals

The 2022 School Games National Finals is a major multi-sport national stage event for talented young athletes across the UK.

Between Thursday 01 and Sunday 04 September, more than 1,300 young athletes will compete across ten sports, including disability disciplines, at venues across the Loughborough University Campus.

Now in its 15th year, the event, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, creates an inspirational and motivational setting to not only provide young athletes with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest level but also encourage more young people to take part and succeed in sport.

School Games Values

Through a process of collaboration and consultation with young people, seven School Games Values were created and will be at the heart of the games: 

Determination - Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back! 

Eco Friendly – New for 2022, to live out the Eco Friendly value is to bring environmental sustainability to your sport and physical activity. 

Honesty – Honesty with others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing and what you know is right. Let the best person win, not the best cheat! 

Passion - Give it 100%, put your heart and soul into the game and never give up. Passion makes you enter the race and passion makes you finish it. 

Respect – Respect for the referee, for the opposition, for your teammates, for yourself, and for the Games. Accept victory and defeat with grace, and treat others politely and with understanding. Respect every day, in every sport, for everyone. 

Self-Belief - You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best. 

Teamwork - Treat everyone equally, support each other, and work together to achieve at your very best level. Celebrate each other’s success and be a positive team player.

Did You Know?

  • 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.