Fitness & Health

Sainsbury’s to sponsor UK School Games

Sainsbury’s has announced that it will become the title sponsor of the UK School Games – a multi-sport event showcasing the UK’s most talented young athletes.

The UK School Games were launched by sports charity the Youth Sport Trust in 2006 – aiming to provide elite young athletes with experience of a high profile competition, with an athletes’ village and opening and closing ceremonies, to replicate the Olympics and Paralympics or Commonwealth Games.

The 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games will run from 2nd – 5th September and will be hosted by Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland.

More than 1,600 young athletes will compete across ten sports: athletics, badminton, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball, with disability events in swimming, athletics and table tennis.

The UK School Games’ other funding partner is the Legacy Trust UK who provide a grant to support delivery of the event’s theme through 2011.