Held annually since 1948, the day bases itself on three goals: learn, move and discover.

Whether young or old, elite or grassroots, Olympic Day hopes to inspire as many people as possible to get active, and spread the Olympic ideals. Promoting the benefits of an active society, it supports the many initiatives that Olympic Movement carries out, such as Social Development through Sport, Gender Equality and Peace through Sport.

The School Games National Finals prides itself on providing a mini-Olympic experience for young athletes and para-athletes, letting the UKs top athletes experience a multi-sport environment that otherwise would not have been available to them.

Presenting young athletes with similar surroundings to an Olympic or Paralympic Games offers a fantastic opportunity to teach our young competitors about challenges such as distraction, why good sportsmanship is so important and what it’s like being part of a larger, multi-sport team.

By experiencing such an exciting event, many of our athletes have been inspired and motivated to carry on their athletic careers to the top-most level. In fact, at the Rio Olympics, 15% of Team GB and 20% of Paralympic Team GB were School Games alumni, taking home 12 medals, including six golds! At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, over 200 School Games alumni represented their countries, winning over 80 medals.

Household names and sporting champions such as Adam Peaty, Sophie Hahn, Jonnie Peacock, Max Whitlock, Jess Judd, Ellie Simmonds and Katarina Johnson-Thompson have all passed through the School Games early in their careers, using the event as a springboard to prepare themselves for larger senior events, like the Olympics/Paralympics. Hockey’s Olympic gold medallists Lily Owsley and Georgie Twigg also competed at the School Games, as did Olympic cycling winner Elinor Barker.

Last year, the 2017 School Games National Finals hosted two young Paralympians. Nicole Turner showcased her talent in the pool, after reaching the final in all five of her races at the 2016 Paralympics, while Katie Morrow competed for Northern Ireland in Wheelchair Basketball following her fantastic performance in Rio, where Team GB finished 6th.

The multitude of sport on offer at this year’s School Games is not one to be missed; let the next generation of sporting stars inspire you to get moving! What’s more, early-bird tickets are on sale here!

Want to try something new this Olympic Day? Take a look at the Olympic sports you could get involved in on the Olympic website.