Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games concept was created by Scotland as a development opportunity to give athletes under 18 years of age an international multi-sport Games experience. It aims to bridge the gap between young athletes competing in their own sports specific events and the often daunting first experience of a senior multi-sport Games.

The first Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000 as part of Scotland’s Millennium celebrations. Athletes from 14 countries competed in Edinburgh and the event quickly proved to be a great success. The Youth Games now attracts entries from all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and has been the ideal introduction to multi-sport Games for a host of international stars.

About The Youth Games

In 2000, Commonwealth Games Scotland established the ‘Millennium’ Commonwealth Youth Games with the backing of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in August 2000, supported by funding from sportscotland the national agency for sport and the Millennium Commission. The event aimed to give athletes under the age of 18 their first taste of an international multi-sport Games, preparing them to compete in future Commonwealth Games. 733 Athletes from 14 countries competed in eight sports over three days. 

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