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The Sainsbury's 2014 School Games in Manchester will take place from September 4-7 with 1,600 of the most talented young athletes from across the country set to compete.
The multi-sport event supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England while it is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
It is designed to give a true taste of high-level competition to the UK's best school-aged competitors with the Games featuring an athletes' village, an anti-doping education and opening and closing ceremonies.
The Sainsbury's 2014 School Games will see athletes competing in 12 sports across Manchester.
Over 10,000 spectators are expected in Manchester to watch competition in athletics, badminton, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby 7's, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
Of the 1,600 competing athletes, over 200 will be competing in disability events in six of the sports.
Alongside the competitors at the event this year, there will be over 400 volunteers supporting the venues, many of which will be young people.
Schools in the Manchester area have the opportunity to inspire their pupils by spectating at the event for free, and a team of budding young reporters will be there to report on the sporting action.
"Manchester is a city famed for its passion for sport and I am sure it will host a fantastic Sainsbury's 2014 School Games,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
"It will give our young sporting talent a real platform to shine as well as encouraging volunteering.
"I am sure the venues will be packed out and the city will give competitors from right across the country a warm welcome."
Confirmed venues in Manchester this year include the Manchester Regional Arena, the Armitage Centre, the National Cycling Centre, the Wright Robinson Sports College, the Phones 4 U Arena, the Amaechi Basketball Centre, the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the Manchester Tennis & Football Centre and the Sugden Sports Centre.
"Manchester is a vibrant and exciting city and it is a real pleasure to see the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games taking place there this year,” said Youth Sport Trust CEO John Steele.
"With elite young athletes, thousands of spectators and high quality venues we are set for an inspirational four days this September."
Sainsbury's will again be the headline sponsors of the event having invested heavily in school sport over a number of years.
As well as the Sainsbury's School Games, the retailer also runs its Active Kids scheme which has donated over £136 million of equipment and experiences to over 50,000 schools and organisations since 2005.
"We're thrilled to have Manchester as our host city for the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games,” said Sainsbury's Head of Sponsorship Tara Hewitt.
"I can't wait to watch some of the country's greatest sporting prospects compete in some of the country's most iconic and well-known sporting venues.”
The Sainsbury's School Games are set across four levels with the Manchester event providing the top tier of sporting competition.
Across the year, young people also compete in a range of sport at class-v-class, school-v-school and in county wide sport festivals.
The Games are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.