UK School Games
The UK School Games was an annual sporting competition for elite school-age athletes in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 held between 2006 and 2011.

The event was based on an Olympic Games
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

 model, with multiple sports events held across an intensive four-day period. The Games were organised by the Youth Sport Trust
Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sport Trust is a British charitable trust which aims to support the education and development of young people through physical education....

, sponsored by Sainsburys, and from 2008 received funding from Legacy Trust UK
Legacy Trust UK
Legacy Trust UK is a charitable trust in the United Kingdom, established in 2007 to support a range of cultural and sporting activities in connection with the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, with the aim of creating a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the Games...

, a charitable trust set up to ensure that the 2012 Summer Olympics generate a lasting legacy across the UK.

In 2011, 1600 elite school-aged athletes participated in the event across 12 sports: Athletics, Badminton
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, Cycling
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, Fencing
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, Gymnastics
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, Hockey
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, Judo
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, Rugby Sevens
Rugby sevens
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, Swimming
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, Table Tennis
Table tennis
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, Volleyball
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 and Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair basketball
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UK School Games

  • 2006 — Glasgow
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  • 2007 — Coventry
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  • 2008 — Bristol
    Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone with an estimated 1,070,000 residents in 2007...

     and Bath
  • 2009 — Wales
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    Cardiff is the capital, largest city and most populous county of Wales and the 10th largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is Wales' chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for...

    , Newport
    Newport is a city and unitary authority area in Wales. Standing on the banks of the River Usk, it is located about east of Cardiff and is the largest urban area within the historic county boundaries of Monmouthshire and the preserved county of Gwent...

     and Swansea
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  • 2010 — North East England
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    Newcastle upon Tyne
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    , Gateshead
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     and Sunderland
    City of Sunderland
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  • 2011 — Sheffield
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Name Change

Following the 2011 UK School Games, the event changed its name to the School Games.

Format Change

The structure of the event also changed from previous years. The UK School Games was an annual event for the most talented school-age athletes, whereas the new School Games is a year round, inclusive sports competition that’s designed to get young people of all ages and abilities enjoying the benefits of competitive sport. There is a new pyramid structure in place and school-aged pupils will compete at four levels:
  • Level 1 - Intra-school competition
  • Level 2 - Local inter-school competition
  • Level 3 - Annual area school games festival
  • Level 4 - National multi-sport event

The number of sports involved in the games will also increase to around 30.

2012 School Games

The next School Games will start in September 2011 and culminate in the national event being held in May 2012 in London
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. The four-day national event will take place across a range of sporting venues around London, with the final day of action set to take place in the Olympic Park in Stratford using some key Olympic 2012 venues (including the main stadium).

See also

  • 2012 Summer Olympics
    2012 Summer Olympics
    The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the "London 2012 Olympic Games", are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012...

  • 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Youth Olympic Games
    Youth Olympic Games
    The Youth Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event first held in Singapore from August 14 to August 26, 2010. The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format. The age limitation of the athletes is between 14 to 18...

  • Commonwealth Youth Games
    Commonwealth Youth Games
    The Commonwealth Youth Games are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games, designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth countries.-History:...

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