School Games National Finals

YST School Games National Finals
A four day 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.

Traditionally taking place between late August and early September, the National Finals took place every year from 2006 until 2018, before taking a one year break in 2019. Since 2016 the event has taken place at Loughborough University, who have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust to create an inspirational and motivational setting which helps accustom the country’s most promising young athletes to a high quality, high pressure environment.

For an in depth look at the School Games National Finals, specifically the 2018 event, please visit the School Games National Finals website

What happens?

In 2018 competition was held across a total of eleven sports, as made possible through National Lottery funding via Sport England. The competition re-enforces the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games complete with an Opening Ceremony and an Athletes Village.

In addition, the Athlete Education Programme (AEP) provides athletes with the opportunity to engage in workshops designed to prepare them for elite level sport. Last year, this included sessions delivered by UK Anti Doping (UKAD), workshops about the Integrity of Sport, as well as opportunities for athletes to spend time with Athlete Mentors to gain an insight into life as an elite athlete.


The National Finals has a proud history of success amongst its 20,000 plus alumni. During the 2018 Commonwealth Games more than 200 former School Games participants took part and won a total of 85 medals - a performance which would have seen a 'Team School Games' ranked fourth on the medal table! 

Two years earlier, the success of the event was again reflected in the performance of its alumni at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, when 56 of the 382 athletes representing Team GB (15% of the team) had come through the School Games. Olympic and Paralympic medal winners such as Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft, Jonny Peacock and Max Whitlock cemented their status as household names whilst at the same time furthering the legacy of the School Games.

Get involved

The School Games will next take place in 2020. For more information and to keep track of future opportunities please visit the event website or follow @_SchoolGames on Twitter.