Earlier this month, the finals of the 2016 School Games took place at Loughborough University. Held over four days, the finals of the Games – the fourth and final stage of a tiered competition – is a multi-sport event for the nation’s elite sporting schoolchildren, with over 1600 athletes taking part this year.
Providing a springboard for future stars
The School Games have provided a springboard for some of the biggest names in UK sport. Previous competitors include swimming sensation Adam Peaty, Paralympic stars such as Ellie Simmonds, Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft, along with Team GB Olympians including sprinter Adam Gemili and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
As well as giving young athletes the chance to perform and compete at a high level, the School Games programme seeks to encourage as many young people as possible to take part in competitive sport, with most of the sports including disability disciplines at every level.
Tiered structure gives opportunity for all
The Games are played out over four stages: intra-school competition (level 1), competition between schools (level 2), at county/regional level (level 3) and ultimately a national event (level 4) for the most talented school age athletes.
The provision of different stages and formats makes competition more attractive and accessible for young people, giving all kids a chance to take part in competitive sport regardless of their ability or experience.
Level four of the event, held almost entirely on campus at Loughborough University, seeks to replicate the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – complete with opening and closing ceremonies and an athletes’ village.
An awards scheme called the School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition, making it a no-brainer for schools to sign up to the event. If your school hasn’t already done so, why not sign up here, order your athletes some KUDOS custom kit and get involved in the School Games for 2017 and beyond.
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