We are delighted to welcome the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators to the 2017 School Games Opening Ceremony, taking place at Loughborough University. By replicating the formal elements of the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, the ceremony will provide the young athletes with a flavour of the positives, the challenges and the choices they are likely to face later on in their sporting careers. The Opening Ceremony will again be ‘for young people by young people’.

The Opening Ceremony is a high profile moment at the event to officially welcome and congratulate the athletes on reaching the School Games National Finals and to inspire them to perform at their personal best over the course of the competitions. The show will bring together a range of diverse, young, talented performers from the local area and further afield. From street performers, dancers, gymnasts and singers, the show is guaranteed to be a spectacular start to the 2017 School Games.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday 31 August, 20:15-21:00, at the Hazel Rigg Fountain Area, Loughborough University.