School Games at the Olympic Park - as it happened

Key points

  • About 1600 elite school-age athletes took part in the School Games, which are taking place from 6-9 May, with more than 30,000 spectators at the Olympic Park
  • Olympic Park venues hosting the action on 9 May included the Olympic Stadium, the Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre
  • 12 current/future Olympic and Paralympic sports: athletics, swimming, cycling, fencing, rugby sevens, gymnastics, hockey, badminton, judo, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball

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  • Phil Harlow 
  • Laura Macdonald 
  • young reporters 

Last updated 10 April 2013

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This came in after the School Report team had left the Olympic Park on Wednesday, but here's what pupils from St Paul's Catholic College in east Sussex made of their day at the School Games.

Josh, 14, said: "We had a great trip; a real once in a lifetime opportunity. I don't think I'll ever get to go to such an amazing venue again. "

Jo, 11, said: "It was fun to do all the challenges and great to see the stadium. We also saw this amazing swimmer with only one arm win one of the swimming events. He was incredible."


So that's that. What a day it's been at the Olympic Park for everybody involved - the hundreds of elite school-age athletes, the thousands of spectators, the army of inspirational volunteers and helpers and the media team reporting on all the action.

We'd like to say a special thank you to the School Games Youth Media Team who have worked tirelessly in interviewing athletes, taking pictures, editing material and everything else that has enabled them to produce their reports - great work!

And, of course, to all the School Reporters who captured the emotion, the colour and the sheer excitement of being at the Park today.

Next stop the Olympic Games.


Some big news to round the day off... Prince Harry has been announced as the official president for the School Games.

"I believe that sport can give people confidence and skills which set you up for life. It is so important to get outside and to keep physically and mentally fit. I am very honoured to become the president of the School Games," said Prince Harry.

Chris, from Ormiston Venture Academy, has written this report about the news.


Reporters from Hitchingbrooke School and Mountbatten School have created this report from the Aquatics Centre all about dealing with the pressure of being a young athlete.

You can find many more reports from the School Games Youth Media Team at the Radiowaves website.


Check out Newsround's report on the 2012 School Games - unfortunately School Reporter Ben didn't make the final edit but he had fun chatting to presenter Hayley about all the reporting he's been doing during the Games as part of the official Youth Media Team


It would be a bit remiss of us not to mention the fact that the sporting action is all over for the day! The media centre is rapidly emptying, but thanks for reading on a great day for youth sport in the UK. If that didn't whet your appetite for the Olympics and Paralympics, nothing will!

TWEET 1745 GMT Via Twitter

From School Games: "Spellbound performing at the #SchoolGames closing ceremony! Can I say this....? Spellbinding! Amazing performance!"

TWEET 1732 GMT Via Twitter

From Sport England: "Congratulations to all competitors at this year's #SchoolGames finals, it's been an amazing couple of days of competition."


The School Games have received the backing of several high-profile ambassadors, including 2004 Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener. He found plenty of room for optimism about the future of British sport based on what he had seen in the Olympic Park.

"I think this is a special occasion for children," he told BBC Sport today.

"They will have been looking forward for months to getting this opportunity to compete in the Olympic stadium and it doesn't get any better for them but what is important is that they make the most of this opportunity because what you have here is our future stars.

"These are our future GB athletes and medallists and it's great that they're able to go through the experiences and also learn from it so they can compete on that global stage at an Olympic or Paralympic Games in the future."


As well as all the incredible sporting action we've seen over today, and indeed the last few days, the School Games has also been the stage for some remarkable volunteers.

The International Inspiration project, run in partnership with the British Council, saw overseas volunteers helping out with everything from directing spectators around the vast Olympic Park and running results back to organisers to helping out at the badminton and fencing.

Brooke and Charlotte from the prolific The Coleshill School interviewed some of the volunteers from Uganda, South Africa, Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago- why not check out this radio package telling the story?