Keen to start the proceedings were athletes competing in Hockey and Volleyball, which were the only two sports to take place this afternoon.

In the Sir David Wallace centre, the UKs up and coming Volleyball stars took to the court.

Stepping foot onto Loughborough’s world-class facilities, it was England who dominated the Volleyball proceedings, with both England Cadet Boys and England Junior Girls winning their first matches against Wales boys and girls respectively.

Holly Bentley, from Chelmsford, was part of the successful Junior girl squad.

Training with Boswells Blaze, Holly showed her raw talent on the court. Of the game she said:

“The atmosphere is fantastic. Obviously we got a really good result, winning two sets to nil, but I think in general as a team we aren’t very experienced together.

I’ve played quite a bit before but we’ve got some new players and with the right communication and when we’re less nervous, I think we’ll do even better!”

The England girls showed power and technique, beating Wales 25-14 in the first set. The second set was definitely one to behold, with Wales creeping back into contention and England only just clinching the win with 25-21.

The Cadet Boys won in straight sets despite some valiant play from Wales, with the scores standing at 25-10, 25-6.

Enrique Bello impressed the crowd with his energetic talent, proving that age is no set-back at 13-years-old.


William Mottershaw and Enrique Bello, from the Cadet Boys, are beaming after their win

As the second round of matches commenced, it was England Cadet Girls who found the win over Scotland West Girls, scoring 6-25 and 15-25 in a clean two set win.

Scotland did find glory though, as Scotland East Boys dominated over a dedicated Northern Ireland team 25-13 and 25-15, to the loud cheering of the crowd.

On the Hockey pitch, it was a series of tense and exciting matches to start the competition.

The England squads descended to kick it all off, with England Red boys finding a clear win over the England White squad, with four fantastic goals to nil.

Mirroring the men, the England Red girls also found success against England White, 4-1, with Olivia Back from Rearsby scoring a phenomenal two goals.

It was England Blue teams who found glory over the Ulster squads in the girls and boys matches as the afternoon crept on, with Olton’s Ellis Owen scoring two for the boys of Blue, who won 4-2.

It was definitely a sight to see, as the girls only managed to creep to victory with one impressive goal, and Ulster proving themselves as talented opposition.

The evening welcomed around 4000 people to celebrate the start of the Games, at the Opening Ceremony.

With Wheely Different presenting a fantastic Robbie Williams’ ‘I love my life’ performance, Studio 79 Dance opting for Britney Spears’s top track ‘Change your mind’ and an incredible performance by Nath and Jude, it was truly an evening to remember.

The night wrapped up with U DO IT Dance, Double Soul Patrol and exclusive appearances by athletes Maggie Alphonsi, Alex Danson, Jess Judd and Tim Prendergast!

The packed front lawn buzzed with excitement the young sports stars came down from their Athlete Village to see the spectacle.

The next three days will host all twelve sports, all over the fantastic campus. Keep an eye out for our daily round-ups, or stay updated on social media by following our twitter here and our snapchat (schoolgamesuk).