On the first day of competition, you could almost taste the nerves and excitement in the air.
Everywhere you turned, someone was organising something; coaches prepping their teams, spectators' getting ready to watch family and friends and young athletes buzzing around in anticipation.
In the Volleyball Arena, the atmosphere was brilliant. Team mates and family members filled the arena with cheers of encouragement and support. Linda Currie, a proud mother of one of the competitors representing Northern Ireland told me that the Games really is a spectacular event and she is proud her son had the opportunity to take part. Seeing how proud not only she was, but other parents around the court, just shows what effect the Games has on both athletes and families.
It wasn't just the volleyball athletes that were hard at work. We visited the judo competition in iceSheffield, where the air was tense and the room was quiet, as two Judo opponents circled each other on the matt. Judo is an intriguing sport that has your eyes hooked to the competitors, as soon as you enter the arena. What makes the sport so difficult is how the athletes must maintain their strength, while making tricky moves that without a doubt takes a great deal of thought and skill. It is a truly an impressive sport.
This year, the Games added Wheelchair Basketball to the sports events and we got to see a demonstration at the Sainsbury's Active Kids Village. It's an inspirational sport to watch and the talent in the arena is amazing. I spoke to David Marshall, Northern Ireland Team Manager, who became involved in Wheelchair Basketball through his son, who has grown up in a wheelchair. Through the sport, he highlighted how his son has gained more confidence and made some good friends.
"Wheelchair Basketball is very good for the athletes, not only for keeping fit and healthy. Being able to experience working as a team, really builds long lasting friendships. The Sainsbury's UK School Games gives young athletes more experience and by having an athlete's village, allows them to meet and make friends in a range of different sports. The Games has got off to a great start and I'm sure will be a great success for competitors and spectators alike."