10 things you didn’t know about the School Games
8th August 2017
With the 2017 School Games National Finals due to take place later this month (Aug 31 – Sept 3), here’s everything you need to know about this prestigious event.
- The School Games is a multi-sport competition, featuring 12 different sports, including athletics, hockey, cricket, judo, fencing and wheelchair tennis.
- Volleyball has featured at the National Finals since 2007.
- Although much of the School Games programme involves competition between schools, the volleyball competition at the National Finals is contested by six home nations squads; England Juniors and Cadets; Scotland East and West; Wales; and Northern Ireland.
- The competition is open to U-16 girls and U-17 boys, as of Sept 1, 2016.
- Each of the four England squads comprises players who are in the junior talent pathway. While the girls’ squads have now been announced, the final boys’ squads won’t be confirmed until their holding camp, held in the days just before the competition.
- Loughborough University is playing host to the Games for the second consecutive year – and it will host them again 2018 before they move to a different location.
- England are the reigning champions in both boys’ and girls’ competitions, courtesy of last year’s triumphs for the Junior boys and the Cadet girls.
- Each competition features a round robin group stage, followed by semi-finals and the final.
- Matches are spread across six sessions, with one on Thursday and two each on Friday and Saturday, followed by the finals session on Sunday.
- Tickets are available at £8 per session via the School Games website.