Three days of Sports Competition were held on 9-11 September which involved:
- 811 competitors
- 64 nations
- 112 events
- 7 sports - Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens, Swimming
- 297 Technical Officials (TOs): 8 from Mainland Europe, 178 from the UK and Republic of Ireland and 111 from the Isle of Man
- 279 Sports Specific Volunteers Selection of Sports
His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex – the vice patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation - officially opened the sporting event after a parade by the athletes and officials.
The ceremony, which was produced by outdoor performance specialists ‘Walk The Plank’, featured over 225 dancers, musicians and actors from the Isle of Man as they paid tribute to the Isle of Man’s heritage. Guests were welcomed into the arena by a performance from the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Band.
As a popular UK holiday destination, the Isle of Man was in the unique situation of using 3* and 4* hotel and guest houses in Douglas for CGAs accommodation requirements for athletes and team officials. This was a positive opportunity for the athletes and team officials to experience the Manx Welcome more fully whilst also showcasing our unique island.
The Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games featured: Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens, Swimming.
Following the award of the Games in April 2005 one of the first tasks was to select the sports. At this time the CGF guidelines stated that the programme would consist of between six and eight sports. There could only be one team sport and there were no obligatory sports.
An assessment was made of the possible sports using the following criteria:
- International standard facilities already in place with adequate spectator facilities
- Number of qualified officials on-Island,
- Organising capabilities of the Island‟s Governing Bodies of Sport (GBS),
- Potential Isle of Man competitors based on local sports development programmes,
- Likely participation from all regions of the Commonwealth
- Sponsorship and TV Potential
This exercise selected six sports. In addition the CGF requested that Boxing be added as a seventh sport as this would appeal to all regions of the Commonwealth and encourage representation and participation.