70 ATHLETES from Wales have been selected to compete at the 2022 School Games National Finals, the UK’s biggest multi-sport event for talented young athletes across the UK from the 1st to the 4th of September at Loughborough University.

This year over a thousand young athletes at the event hope to follow in the footsteps of Adam Peaty, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Hannah Cockroft who formerly competed at the National Finals and this year went on to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. School Games National Finals alumni secured 100 medals at Birmingham 2022 between them, which would place the multi-sport competition 3rd in the medal table if it were a country. It is the aspiration of this year’s athletes to create their own path for success.

The four-day event will host over 1,100 aspiring athletes aged between 13 and 18 who will compete across ten sports, four of which include disability disciplines, but equally important it provides opportunities outside of the competition too. The School Games National Finals is one of the many initiatives led by children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust, to create a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits of play and sport. The four-day event is a key part in supporting young people in developing a sense of belonging and to become future changemakers.

The opportunities outside of competition include the Athlete Education Programme which sees the charity’s athlete mentors and high-profile athletes, including, Paralympic Games gold medallist swimmer, Liz Johnson, and former Olympian in rowing, Toby Garbett, provide innovative workshops aimed at providing young athletes with skills for life. Focused on improving athlete wellbeing competitors can also engage with partners such as Loughborough University and UKAD to access its clean sport education programmes, alongside the chance to continue competing post-games to help them embed their learnings.

Following the pandemic, the School Games National Finals will this year welcome back spectators for the first time enabling families, friends and visitors to see the launching pad for future Commonwealth Games stars. Tickets are available to purchase here. If unable to attend, those at home will be able to watch all the action through live streaming the event on the Youth Sport Trust YouTube channel. 

Roman Neveykin, Development Manager for Sport at the Youth Sport Trust and event lead for the School Games National Finals, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back spectators to this year’s School Games National Finals. The addition of family and friends at this year’s event will help further create the atmosphere of a major multi-sport event we want our young athletes to experience.

“This year’s School Games National Finals will once again help develop the young athletes taking part on and off the field of play through high quality competition and valuable education sessions to ensure they gain skills for life to become future changemakers. Following the success of the Commonwealth Games, we are excited to see what the future holds for these young athletes and who we might see compete in Australia in 2026 as a result.”

This year the School Games National Finals 2022 is taking place thanks to National Lottery funding from Sport England as part of the organisation’s Birmingham 2022 legacy investment and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. Held at Loughborough University, it provides the young athletes with first class facilities and the experience of being in a sport competition village akin to the Commonwealth Games.

Register for your ticket to one or more events here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/2022Schoolgamesfinals or subscribe to the Youth Sport Trust YouTube channel, so you don’t miss any of the action in September: https://www.youtube.com/user/youthsporttrust. You can also follow SGNF social media for the latest updates, search @_schoolgames on Twitter or @schoolgames on Instagram.