When: August 28
Time: 13:00: Press Conference â€“ Questions to the panel and photographs
20:30: Opening Ceremony
Who: Steve Grainger â€“ Chief Executive, Youth Sport Trust
Jason Gardener â€“ UK School Games Ambassador, Olympic 4 x 100m Gold Medallist (Athens)
Rebecca Adlington â€“ Double Beijing Olympic Swimming Gold Medallist (800m and 400m freestyle), Current World Record Holder 800m freestyle
Following a very successful Beijing Olympics, double swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington will be joining the press conference panel to look forward to the start of the UK School Games. Adlington, 19, from Mansfield will be joined by UK School Games Ambassador Jason Gardener and Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Steve Grainger. They will be asked to comment on the UK School Games before we open the floor to questions.
Around 1,500 elite school aged athletes will compete in the third UK School Games which will be held at four venues around Bristol & Bath from 28 to 31 August and will replicate a major adult multi-sport competition with an opening and closing ceremony plus an athleteâ€™s village.
Alongside the new sport of hockey, competition will take place in badminton, judo, volleyball, athletics, fencing, gymnastics, swimming and table tennis, with disability events in athletics, swimming and table tennis also included.
Rebecca Adlington will also be officially opening the UK School Games at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Adlington will join a large crowd for the athletes parade and entertainment show.
Where: Press Conference – University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY
The press conference will be held in room 8 West 1.1, all attendees MUST park in the West Car Park (please note this is pay and display). No access can be granted through the middle of the campus as this is an accredited area. This press conference doesnâ€™t require accreditation.
Opening Ceremony â€“ Bath RFC, The Recreation Ground, Spring Gardens, Bath
Please note accreditation is required for this event â€“ should you already have received accreditation, this will grant you access to the opening ceremony. If you donâ€™t currently have accreditation this can be applied for after the press conference or at the entry gate at the Recreation Ground.
Alastair Henderson Fast Track 07825 365 774
Sally Newton Fast Track 07870 587 099
Lee Murphy Youth Sport Trust 07825 065 179
James Webb Youth Sport Trust 07752 372 151
The UK School Games consists of nine sports and three disability sports, they will be competed for across four locations
Athletics: University of Bath
Fencing: University of Bath
Table Tennis: University of Bath
Volleyball: University of Bath
Hockey: University of the West of England
Badminton: University of the West of England
Gymnastics: Filton College
Judo: Filton College
Swimming: Millfield School
1. The Youth Sport Trust is a registered charity with a simple mission: To build a brighter future for all young people through physical education (PE) and school sport. Our main objective is to increase young peopleâ€™s participation and enjoyment of PE and school sport and, through this, improve their life chances. We believe that all young people are entitled to experience and benefit from a variety of sports at a level thatâ€™s right for them. Through our work we ensure youngsters can receive the best possible teaching, coaching and resources and have the opportunity to develop their talent.
2. Legacy Trust UK, launched in November 2007 and has been endowed Â£40m by the Big Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This will be used to support cultural, artistic, educational and sporting activities that celebrate the 2012 Games. The Trust will form partnerships with organisations that will attract additional match funding to deliver Legacy Trust supported programmes. www.legacytrustuk.org.uk The UK School Games is supported by a Â£6 million grant from Legacy Trust UK. As an event which fully encompasses sport, education and culture, the UK School Games was one of Legacy Trust UKâ€™s first projects. The rest of the money will be allocated to specific projects via the three nations and nine English regions of the UK.
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