2016 School Games National Finals is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age.
The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides our elite young sports people with 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 along with Loughborough University are proud to develop and organise the School Games National Finals, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.
- The School Games National Finals 2016 is a multi-sport event that takes place from 1-4 September 2016 in Loughborough.
- The event will be hosted across the Loughborough University campus, with the Swimming competition at Sheffield Ponds Forge.
- The competition re-enforces the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
- The School Games National Finals 2016 and its predecessors the Sainsbury’s School Games (2012 – 2015) and UK School Games (2006-2011) have a strong track-record of providing a springboard for athletes who then go on to compete at a national level. Several School Games alumni went on to be part of London 2012 Team GB & Paralympics GB and most recently at Glasgow 2014. The School Games National Finals 2016 will give us insight into the make-up of our teams for future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars will compete.
- Competition is 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.
- There will be disability events in seven sports: Athletics, Fencing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.
- Approximately 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers will give round-the-clock support and advice, collectively committing more than 22,000 hours of their time.