7 September 2015, 12:22pm
The Sainsbury's 2015 School Games officially drew to a close on Sunday as achievements and performances were celebrated at the closing ceremony in Manchester.
Sainsbury's 2015 School Games
As a high profile multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes from across the country, the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games requires Opening and Closing Ceremonies that reinforce the experience of an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games. The opening and closing ceremonies have young people at the heart of the delivery demonstrating this is an event for young people by young people.
The ceremonies are great preparation for the young athletes entering the world of elite performance. By replicating the formal elements of ceremonies at major International sporting events, such as the athletes' parade, the ceremonies will provide the young athletes with a flavour of the positives, the challenges and the choices they are likely to face later on in their sporting careers.
The Opening Ceremony is a high profile moment at the event to officially welcome and congratulate the athletes on reaching the School Games and to inspire them to perform at their personal best over the course of the competitions. It is an opportunity to showcase the event and an important moment for parents and family of the athletes.
The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 September, 20:00-21:30, at the Manchester Arena.
Additionally the ceremonies showcase and celebrate Manchester's culture and heritage. Through involving local talent and incorporating aspects of the city's unique culture and heritage, the audience will be provided with a real sense of time and place.
The Closing Ceremony is an important moment to thank the athletes, volunteers and officials, celebrate the successes and reflect on performances.
The Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday 6 September, 16:15-16:45, at the Manchester Regional Arena