UK School Games

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The School Games (formerly known as UK School Games) is an annual sporting competition for elite school-age[clarification needed] athletes in the United Kingdom that began in 2006.

The event was based on an Olympic Games model, with multiple sports events held across an intensive four-day period. The Games were organised by the Youth Sport Trust, sponsored by Sainsburys, and from 2008 received funding from Legacy Trust UK, a charitable trust set up to ensure that the 2012 Summer Olympics generate a lasting legacy across the UK.

In 2011, 1,600 elite school-aged athletes participated in the event across twelve sports: athletics, badminton, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby sevens, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

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Name change[edit]

Following the 2011 UK School Games, the event changed its name to the School Games.[1]

Format change[edit]

The structure of the event also changed from previous years. The UK School Games was an annual event for the most talented school-age[clarification needed] athletes, whereas the new School Games is a year-round, inclusive sports competition that’s designed to get young people of all ages[clarification needed] and abilities enjoying the benefits of competitive sport. There is a new pyramid structure in place and school-aged pupils will compete at four levels:

  • Level 1 – Intra-school competition
  • Level 2 – Local inter-school competition
  • Level 3 – Annual area school games festival
  • Level 4 – National multi-sport event

The number of sports involved in the games will also increase to around 30.

2012 School Games[edit]

The 2012 School Games started in September 2011 and culminated in the national event being held in May 2012 in London. The four-day national event took place across a range of sporting venues around London, with the final day of action set in the Olympic Park in Stratford using some key Olympic 2012 venues, including the main stadium.

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