School Games

About the School Games

The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/national level.

School Games

The School Games Levels

Level 1 – sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition

For many young people, sporting competition is first experienced through intra-house teams, form groups or in PE lessons. This level of competition will build on a school’s existing work to offer pupils a year-round programme of regular intra-school competition in a number of sports.

Level 2 – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions

Inter-school competition is for Years R to 13. At this stage individuals and teams will be selected to represent their school at inter-school competitions. Schools will have the flexibility to decide which sports to enter but are encouraged to involve as many pupils as possible by creating breadth in the sports they offer and depth through the creation of additional teams.

Level 3 – the Hampshire School Games is a culmination of year-round school sport competition

Hampshire hosts a multi-sport showcase event as a culmination of the year-round inter-school competition. Teams and individuals competing at inter-school level will win the opportunity to compete in this event. Pupils succeeding at this level will be encouraged to develop their enjoyment and talent in sport through existing National Governing Bodies’ club and talent pathways.

The Hampshire School Games is planned and managed through Hampshire IOW, Chaired by Jon Monkcom. Energise Me belong to a national network of Active Partnerships across England. The Active Partnerships work collaboratively with local partners to create the conditions for an active nation, using the power of physical activity and sport to transform lives.

Energise Me work collaboratively with our partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight including local authorities, public health teams, schools, colleges and universities, National Governing Bodies of Sports (NGBs) and other key organisations from education, health and businesses.

This years date for the 2019-20 Hampshire School Games in Aldershot is yet to be announced.  For details on the 2019-20 event, visit Sport Hampshire & IOW.

Level 4 – the School Games finals

This is a national multi-sport event, in which the country’s most talented athletes of school age complete if selected by a National Governing Body. This event will take place in high quality venues amongst a unique and vibrant atmosphere and supports athletes development; acting as a stepping stone to further national and international competition.

For full details on this years event, visit 2019/20 School Games.


How is the School Games delivered?

Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of:

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education (DofE) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Sport England, who are in charge of distributing Lottery funding and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships.

Youth Sport Trust, who are the landscape lead organisation for school sport. They been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners.

Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.

At a local level, the School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. There are almost 50 Local Organising Committees (LOCs) which are chaired by Head Teachers and these oversee the county festivals.