school games

The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age that takes place from 3-6 September 2015 in Manchester.

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.

Fast Facts

Around 1,600 of the nation’s young sports stars will compete.

Approximately 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers will give round-the-clock support and advice, collectively committing more than 22,000 hours of their time.

Competition is held in twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports:

  1. Fencing
  2. Rugby Sevens
  3. Gymnastics
  4. Hockey
  5. Athletics
  6. Cycling
  7. Judo
  8. Swimming
  9. Table Tennis
  10. Volleyball
  11. Wheelchair Basketball
  12. Wheelchair Tennis

There will be disability events in seven sports:

  1. Athletics
  2. Fencing
  3. Swimming
  4. Table Tennis
  5. Cycling
  6. Wheelchair Basketball
  7. Wheelchair Tennis

The competition re-enforces the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games and its predecessor the UK School Games (2006-2011) have a strong track-record of providing a springboard for athletes who then go on to compete at a national level.

Several School Games alumni went on to be part of London 2012 Team GB and Paralympics GB. The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games will give us insight into the make-up of our teams for both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.