From 1 to 4 September Loughborough University will play host to 1,600 of the UK’s most promising young athletes, who compete across 12 sports at the 2016 School Games.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will be present throughout the event to promote the values of clean sport, and to provide athletes, their support staff and families with essential anti-doping advice, guidance and information via its flagship education programme, 100% me.
Over the course of the event, UKAD National Trainers will deliver 30 education sessions, as well as provide support at the 100% me outreach stands – situated in both the Chill-Out Zone and Spectator Zone – and a number of roaming road shows at the sports venues.
The School Games sees young and talented athletes from across the UK compete against one another, within an environment designed to recreate major multi-sport events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 2016 School Games encompasses a number of sports including athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby 7s, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
Over the last 10 years 100% me has provided more than 15,000 talented young athletes at the Games – including Olympic and Paralympic heroes such as Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty and Ellie Simmonds – with values-based education, guiding young athletes to make the right choices throughout their sporting careers.
Ahead of the Games, UKAD’s Education Officer, Lucy O’Toole, said:
“The School Games plays an integral part in UKAD’s doping prevention strategy and provides us with the perfect opportunity to equip the next generation of young British athletes with the tools and knowledge they need to compete and win clean throughout their careers.
“This is the tenth year that values-based education will be delivered at the School Games and we are extremely proud to be involved in such a fantastic event alongside the Youth Sport Trust.”
For a full schedule of 100% me events at the 2016 School Games, please see below:
Day One, Thursday 1 September
As athletes, support staff and spectators begin to arrive, the main focus of day one will involve the Opening Ceremony at Shirley Pearce Square, Loughborough University.
The theme of this year’s Opening Ceremony will be the ‘Pride of Britain’ - celebrating the country’s achievements and participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics and upcoming Paralympic Games.
The ceremony is set to take various elements from previous Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games ceremonies and will feature a wide range of talented young performers such as presenters, singers, dancers and gymnasts.
Competition officially gets underway with both hockey and volleyball in action whilst athletes and players from athletics, wheelchair basketball and gymnastics will join medical professionals in receiving the first round of 100% me anti-doping education sessions. UKAD National Trainers will also be active during day one at outreach stands situated in the Chill-Out Zone.
Day Two, Friday 2 September
The excitement continues on day two with competition beginning in athletics, cycling, fencing, judo, rugby 7s, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
In addition to the outreach stands at both the Chill-Out Zone and Spectator Zone, athletes and players from judo, rugby 7s, swimming, volleyball and wheelchair tennis will take part in values-based anti-doping education with UKAD’s National Trainers.
Day Three, Saturday 3 September
Athletics may have drawn to a close but day three plays host to the start of both swimming and gymnastics whilst action continues in cycling, fencing, hockey, judo, rugby 7s, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
Volleyball, cycling and table tennis will be the final sports to take part in 100% me anti-doping education sessions at the Games. Once again the Chill Out Zone outreach stand, within the School Games Spectator Zone, and roaming road shows will be in full swing throughout the course of the day.
Day Four, Sunday 4 September
The fourth and final day of the 2016 School Games will see athletes and players take part in cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby 7s, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
On Sunday afternoon, the 2016 School Games will culminate in a spectacular closing ceremony at Shirley Pearce Square, Loughborough University. During the ceremony the four winners of this year’s ‘Spirit of the Games Award’ will also be announced. The award will be given to four athletes who embody the core values of 100% me throughout the event and they will receive a £50 Nike voucher, a 100% me hoodie and goodie bag.