Now in its thirteenth year, the event – which takes place from 30 August to 2 September – will see some of the most talented schoolchildren from across the UK compete in eleven different sports.

The School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was established in 2006 after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and formed a key part of the legacy programme.

Some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars have previously competed at the School Games before going onto international success, including Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Peaty.

Sports new to the School Games this year include Triathlon, Canoeing and Rowing, Netball and Laser Run.

Although many may not have heard of Laser Run, it is a great opportunity for young athletes to work on their fitness while also developing other vital skills such as focus, control and stamina. Originally part of the modern pentathlon, it is quickly becoming a sport in its own right wherein athletes combine running and timed laser target shooting.

These new additions will run alongside more traditional sports including Athletics, Hockey and Cricket.  The Games also features five sports that include disability competition, with two solely being wheelchair sports: Tennis and Basketball.

In the lead up to the event, Youth Sport Trust CEO Ali Oliver said: “The School Games has provided a fantastic springboard for some of the most talented school-age athletes.

“This year’s Commonwealth Games proved just that, with over 200 graduates of the School Games Finals competing across the home countries, bagging 85 medals and had they competed as one team, they would have finished just ahead of Canada in fourth place.” 

“We really hope that this year’s School Games Finals will showcase some of the talent that we’ll see in Tokyo and again in Birmingham in 2022, at the next Commonwealth Games.”

Tickets are still available for the 2018 School Games Finals at Loughborough University. For more information visit the dedicated website


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