School Games - National Finals

The School Games is a 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 School Games National Finals, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

This four-day multi-sport event is hosted between late August and early September once every two years in elite sporting venues across the country,

Fun facts

56 of the 382 athletes - that's 15% - representing Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games competed at the School Games

Since 2016 the event has taken place at Loughborough University, who have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust to create an inspirational and motivational setting which helps accustom the country's most promising young athletes to a high-quality, high-pressure environment.

The 2018 School Games was held in Loughborough and took place from 30 August - 2 September. There were competitions held in 12 current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports (athletics, canoeing and rowing, cricket, cycling, hockey, laser run, netball, triathlon, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis).

Fun facts

17 former School Games competitors, such as Adam Peaty, Lily Owsley and Georgie Twigg, won medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including six golds

This allowed for around 1,400 of the nation's finest young sport stars to compete. For further information please visit their website.

Springboarding sporting careers

With 11 sports available, five of those including disability events, the School Games aims to springboard the nation's elite young sportspeople to greater heights in their sporting careers.

The School Games National Finals at Loughborough University was underpinned by the School Games programme of intra and inter-school competition operating throughout schools in England. More than 23,000 schools are registered to take part.

Fun facts

32 of the 160 (that's 20%) athletes representing ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games had competed at the School Games

Experiencing a Celebration Ceremony, staying in team accommodation and facing competitors from around the UK, the young athletes selected for the National Finals were immersed in a mini-Olympic style event, hosted by the world's top sporting university.

To date, 19,200 young athletes have already taken part in the School Games, with many having gone on to represent Great Britain on the global stage.