School Games National Finals returns for 2021

The School Games National Finals, supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, returns in September after a three-year hiatus.

Between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 September, more than 1,300 young athletes will compete across ten sports, including disability disciplines, at venues across Loughborough University campus.

It will be the first multi-sport event for young athletes following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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Steps that have been taken to ensure the School Games National Finals will be COVID-19 safe include testing and temperature checks for all athletes and event staff on site, social distancing and athlete bubbles, and mask wearing.

The netball competition begins at 10am on Friday 3 September and features 10 under 15 teams, with representation from nine Vitality Netball Superleague sides.

The competing teams are:

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • London Pulse
  • Loughborough Lightning
  • Manchester Thunder
  • North East
  • Saracens Mavericks
  • Severn Stars
  • Surrey Storm
  • Team Bath
  • Wasps

This year’s National Finals competition will all be livestreamed through the Youth Sport Trust YouTube channel. All the fixtures are available to view here.

With athletes like Simone Biles and Adam Peaty hitting the headlines for prioritising their mental health over competition recently, a key part of the event is the Athlete Education Programme.

Young competitors are paired with one of the Youth Sport Trust’s athlete mentors to learn from their experiences, take part in workshops and look at life alongside sport, the stresses of social media during competition, and how to make the right decisions at the right time.

For more information on the event and livestreaming visit www.schoolgamesfinals.org. You can also join in the conversation online by using #2021SG and following @_SchoolGames and @YouthSportTrust.

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