More than 1,600 young athletes from across the country competed in Sheffield at the four day Sainsbury’s School Games which aim to encourage students to perform at the highest levels.
Eight venues were being used for twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Fencing, Rugby Sevens, Gymnastics, Hockey, Badminton, Athletics, Cycling, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.
In addition there were disability events in six sports: Athletics, Fencing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cycling and Wheelchair Basketball.
The Sainsbury’s 2012 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 & Paralympics GB. The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games will give us insight into the make-up of our teams for both the 2016 and 2020 Games.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller has announced that the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games will take place in Manchester.