Charity celebrates future sports stars following 2018 School Games

More than 1,000 talented young athletes who competed at the UK’s biggest youth multi-sports event could be propelled towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The School Games National Finals, delivered by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, with National Lottery funding from Sport England and supported by National Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships, took place last weekend (30 to 2 September) at Loughborough University.

The event saw Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian and trustee of the Youth Sport Trust Dame Katherine Grainger, wheelchair racing champion Samantha Kinghorn, England Rose Beth Cobden, and British sprinter Montell Douglas among those inspiring the athletes across the weekend.​

2018 School Games key stats
  • 56% of the athletes were female
  • 13% had a disability (physical and/or learning)
  • 11% from BAME backgrounds.
  • The volunteer workforce was around 50% young people and included a significant proportion of volunteers with a disability.

New sports which were announced for the 2018 School Games included Rowing, Canoeing, Netball, Triathlon and Laser Run.

A key part of the School Games National Finals was the Athlete Education Programme where young competitors paired with an athlete mentor to learn from their experiences, take part in workshops and look at life alongside sport, the stresses of social media during competition, and how to make the right decisions at the right time. 89%* of athletes attended an education session with 50% of these athletes attending three plus sessions.

*this data does not include UKAD workshops or Sunday sessions. 

Dame Katherine Grainger discussed the programme’s impact following a workshop with athletics competitors:

One of the truly special aspects of the School Games is what actually happens outside of competition. The 1,000-plus young athletes will leave with so much more than just medals and memories.

With the passion and energy of the Youth Sport Trust, which delivers the event through National Lottery funding from Sport England, every young athlete received support, advice and training in how to achieve sporting success in the right way. stars who will be part of the long-term success of British sport.

The School Games most impressive legacy of all could be playing a crucial role in a culture change which helps sustain the success of British sport for generations to come.

School Games Celebration Ceremony rocked the Friday evening with performances from Tap Attack and Rise Unbroken among others. 

See a comprehensive round up of what was happening across the Youth Sport Trust's communications channels for the 2018 School Games. 

Latest news

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson pledge to tackle inactivity

During YST National School Sport Week 2019, YST along with almost 100 partners wrote a joint letter to the two Conservative Party leadership candidates, urging them to commit to tackling the decline in young people's wellbeing and make it a priority to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes every day. These are their responses.
Continue Reading

Sport sector responds to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan

Leading sports bodies and charities respond to Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan.
Continue Reading

Football camp inspires next generation of female coaches

England legend Faye White says it is vital to give girls the confidence and knowledge they need to inspire others and this camp helps girls to develop both coaching and refereeing knowledge.
Continue Reading

Youth Sport Trust supports Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

The Youth Sport Trust is proud to support the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code – the only sun protection initiative for children in sport and outdoor activity – which is back with a fresh, new look.
Continue Reading

National School Sport Week sees thousands of schools join campaign to protect PE

Giant sand sculptures, campaigning across the UK to raise awareness of PE and sport’s importance, and dozens of MP visits to school sports days. National School Sport Week 2019 had a theme of Five Ways to Wellbeing and saw thousands of schools and organisations take part.
Continue Reading

An open letter to Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

We ask you to publicly pledge that tackling the decline in young people’s overall wellbeing will be a key pillar of your programme for government, and that your government will set out bold, ambitious and measurable targets to harness the power of play, sport and physical education to ensure every child enjoys at least 60 active minutes a day.
Continue Reading
More News