2017 National School Games
31st August - 3rd September, Loughborough University
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.
The competition reinforces the experience of multi-sport events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games, complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Who will be competing
The athletes will compete in: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Rugby 7's, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis and, new this year, Cricket.
Of the twelve sports, five of them, Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Swimming and Table Tennis incorporate disability events, and two of them, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis are Paralympic only sports.
Around 1,600 of the nation's finest young sports stars will participate in this event. Many of the young stars competing in the Schools Games go on to have successful international sporting careers and the alumni include Olympic and Paralympic champions Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds (Swimming), Owain Doull (Cycling), Hannah Cockroft (Athletics) and Georgie Twigg (Hockey) to name just a few.
How to get involved
There are a number of ways to get involved; from spectating in the stands to volunteering on court side, there are hundreds of opportunities to participate in. You can find out more about the opportunities below.
Volunteer at the 2017 National School Games
For the Youth Sport Trust to successfully deliver the event they need around 400 volunteers, who will act as representatives for the event, so they are looking for friendly, outgoing and reliable volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles.
It is through this event they aim to reward and recognise a diverse workforce of skilled, trained and enthusiastic volunteers and inspire them to continue their volunteering journey beyond this event.
For the majority of roles, no specific experience is required, as training (including safeguarding training) and briefings will take place prior to the event to ensure that you are fully prepared for your role and responsibilities, you will also be required to complete the relevant checks.
For some roles, it will be beneficial, but not essential, to have knowledge of the University campus, have experience of working with young people in a sports based setting, have good communication and listening skills, be able to follow instructions and be able to work on your own initiative, as well as work effectively as a team.
Your reward for volunteering!
As a volunteer you will receive School Games branded event kit and a packed lunch during your shifts and an exclusive invitation to the Volunteer celebration evening on Saturday 2nd September.
The Youth Sport Trust has overall responsibility for the management of the event and Loughborough University, supported by us here at Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, who will be involved with the training, deployment and management of the individual volunteers.
For further information or to register as a volunteer for the 2017 School Games please visit the website link provided below. The deadline for registrations is 12th May 2017.