The 2017 School Games is a 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. The Youth Sport Trust is proud to develop and organise the 2017 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Fast facts

  • The 2017 School Games is an integrated multi-sport event for the most talented disabled and non-disabled school-age young athletes taking place from 31 August to 3 September 2017 at Loughborough University.
  • The competition re-enforces the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games complete with an Opening Ceremony and an Athletes Village. This is made possible through National Lottery funding via Sport England.
  • All twelve sports will be hosted directly at the world-class facilities of Loughborough University campus, creating a unique multi-sport atmosphere
  • Competition is held in a total of eleven current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis, with the 12th sport being Girls Cricket as a demonstration sport for 2017.
  • There will be disability events in seven of these sports: Athletics, Fencing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.
  • The School Games was established after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and demonstrates the legacy of our home Games
  • This is the second year running that Loughborough University has hosted the School Games Finals. Previous host cities of the Games include Glasgow, Coventry, Bristol and Bath, Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland, Sheffield, London, and Manchester.
  • By the end of this year’s competition, 19,200 young athletes will have competed at the Games between 2006 and 2017.
  • The School Games national finals at Loughborough University is underpinned by the School Games programme of intra and inter-school competition operating throughout schools in England. Over 23,000 schools are registered to take part.
  • The School Games provides wide range of opportunities and experiences for hundreds of young people, as well as the athletes. Young volunteers and young officials work to support the event, young performers appear at the opening ceremony and the young media team are on hand to capture all of the sporting excitement.