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 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and has been the ideal introduction to multi-sport Games for a host of international stars.

Trinbago 2023

The seventh Commonwealth Youth Games will be held from 4-11 August 2023 in Trinidad and Tobago. Athletes aged 14-18 will compete in seven sports: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Netball, Rugby 7s, Swimming and Triathlon.

Scotland At The Youth Games

Scotland has competed in every Commonwealth Youth Games to date, winning a total of 166 medals. However the number of participating countries, sports and allocated athlete places has varied significantly from Games to Games making direct comparisons difficult. What is more important is the number of athletes who progress to compete with distinction for Team Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.

Past Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games has been a fantastic introduction to international multi-sport competition for a host of athletes, with many going on to success at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, World and European Championships.

Click on a Games for facts, figures and images, plus a full review of Team Scotland’s performance at that Games.

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