School Games Level 4

The School Games is an annual talent event that seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting for elite young sports people

This gives them the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport.

The Youth Sport Trust develop and organise the Level 4 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The 2015 School Games was held in Manchester and took place from 3-6 September. There were competitions held in twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports (Fencing, Rugby Sevens, Gymnastics, Hockey, Athletics, Cycling, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis) at nine venues. 

There were disability events in seven sports (Athletics, Fencing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis). This allowed for around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars to compete.  For further information and results please visit the 2015 School Games website at:

History of the School Games

The event began as the UK School Games in 2006 in Glasgow and has taken place on an annual basis since then. The Level 4 event plays an important and valued role in the development of the talented athletes and performance systems of 12 sports. The event engages with 1500 athletes, 175 competitors with a disability across 6 sports and over 26,000 spectators.

As a major annual multi-sport event for the most talented school age athletes across the UK, the successful programme will:

  • Be athlete centered and focus on their developmental needs as talented performers;
  • Form an important part of the investment into talent pathways leading up to World Class Sport; and
  • Deliver a strong cultural programme, and a schools engagement programme promoting participation in Levels 1-3 of the School Games.

The School Games includes a number of developmental and educational elements for promising athletes who may attend a future Level 4 event. For example, the Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) is a programme that provides a taste of a multi-sport event for young people from all counties who are at the lower end of talent pathways and not competing at current Level 4 competition.

There is a wider school engagement programme that engages schools from across England with the national event. This includes opportunities for free tickets to spectate at the sport and also engagement programmes that culminate in representation at the national event.  These include debating, music and dance performances, and sports reporting.