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Venue of 2008 school games named
Gordon Brown and Tessa Jowell watch a gymnast at an exhibition of school sports at Grey Coat Hospital School in London
Around 1,300 children are expected to take part in this year's games
Bristol and Bath will host the UK School Games next year.

The games are a multi-sport event for school age athletes and are designed to replicate the feel of events like the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Launched in 2006, they will be held every year until the London Olympics in 2012, complete with opening and closing ceremonies and athletes' villages.

The government announced future games will be held in Wales in 2009, Tyne and Wear in 2010 and Sheffield in 2011.

The first event took place in September 2006 in Glasgow, and around 1,300 athletes are expected to take part in this year's event, which will be held in Coventry from 23 to 26 August.

Three new sports - badminton, judo and volleyball - have been added to the list of five sports of athletics, fencing, gymnastics, swimming and table tennis which were featured in 2006.

Disability events in athletics, table tennis and swimming will also be included.

'Elite level'

The games, which are run by the Youth Sport Trust, are funded by the government and the Big Lottery Fund.

The chancellor Gordon Brown, culture secretary Tessa Jowell and sports minister Richard Caborn named Bristol and Bath after they watched an exhibition of school sports at Grey Coat Hospital School in London.

Mr Caborn said: "The UK School Games give Britain's best school-age athletes the opportunity to compete against each other - and show the rest of the country how talented they are."

Chris Bartlett, 16, 2006 UK School Games triple jump gold medallist said: "The event really gave me an idea of what competing in a big competition at elite level might be like with all the TV cameras there and it's an experience that I'll never forget."




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