UK School Games
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.
UK School Games
- 2006 — Glasgow
- 2007 — Coventry
- 2008 — Bristol and Bath
- 2009 — Wales (Cardiff, Newport and Swansea)
- 2010 — North East England (Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland)
- 2011 — Sheffield
Changes in 2012
Following the 2011 UK School Games, the event changed its name to the School Games.
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
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.
- "Youth Sports Trust already focused on 2012 Games". 6 September 2011.
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