2016 National Finals

School Games National Finals

This September saw the School Games 2016 National Finals (Level 4) take place at Loughborough University, from Thursday 01 September until Sunday 04 September.

You can find out more about what took place by reading below, but please note that all of the deadlines referenced have now passed. For full details on this year's event, visit www.2016schoolgames.com. Information about the 2017 National Finals will be added here in due course.

National Finals 2016 - What is it?

The School Games National Finals is a four day multi-sport event for the UK's elite young athletes of school age. 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.

Athletes compete in: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rugby 7’s, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis. You can watch a short clip from the 2015 National Finals in the video above.

How can I get involved in 2016?

There are a number of ways to get your students involved; from spectating in the stands to volunteering on court side, there are hundreds of opportunities to participate in. Across the Games we are looking for Young People and Champion Schools to play a key role in the delivery of the games and be part of a truly unique and special event.

You can find out more from the list of opportunities below:

Champion Schools: Sport Volunteers

The School Games National Finals recruits a volunteer workforce of over 400 people and there are range of opportunities for redisential school groups to join us across the games. From designated training, and a heart of the action role, young volunteers get to be part of the famous ‘volunteer experience’ that comes from being involved in a multi sport event.

Curriculum Competitions

The School Games Curriculum Competition recognises the skills, talents and abilities of those that present, photograph and report on the school sport experience of young people in their area. The curriculum competitions showcase the great work being done to engage a range of different subjects and young people across the school, inspired by the School Games opportunity.

If you have a team, or an individual, passionate about their media work and actively involved in raising the profile of school sport, why not share their blog, report or photos. They could be eligible for some amazing prizes and opportunities as well as national recognition for their work!

Champion Schools: Presenters and Producers

(Young Media Volunteering)

If you are a young person aged 16-23, serious about a career in media and would like to work as part of a production team of young people at the School Games National Finals the Youth Sport Trust would love to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a team of talented and committed young people to produce 'The Cool Down', a daily highlights and magazine show from the School Games in September, being held at Loughborough University. Working with Media professionals (including BBC sport producers) successful applicants will be able to develop and showcase their talents at an event with UK wide coverage and have the opportunity to receive career advice and endorsements from influential people currently working in the media industry. You can take a look at a 2015 'The Cool Down' episode by watching the video above.

The Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP)

TIP Logo Unleash your Potential

Running parallel to the School Games National Finals, the Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) brings together 200 young aspiring athletes, aged  14-18, from across the country to participate in an intense three day residential camp in Manchester from Wednesday 31 August – Friday 02 September.

TIP is designed to challenge and inspire aspiring athletes and team managers and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential. You can find out more about TIP by clicking here.

YST Factor Talent Competition

We are delighted to announce that the YST Factor Talent Competition is back for 2016, taking place on Tuesday 26 April in Loughborough.

This year, we also have three celebrity judges confirmed, including former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt!

The YST Factor talent competition is open to all young people, aged 21 and under, whether as individuals, or as part of a school or community group, with the overall winner receiving the opportunity to perform in front of thousands at the School Games 2016 National Finals.

The competition is open to all genres such as singers, dancers, bands, street artists, gymnasts, choirs.


The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. It is delivered in four seperate competition levels.

Competition Levels 


The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We had over 9,000 successful applicants in 2016 and more information about the 2017 award is now available.

Find out more 

Find a school