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. 

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