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.
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 that culminate in a Sainsbury’s School Games Day.
Level 2 – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions
Inter-school competition is for Years 1 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 festival 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 Festival is planned and managed through the Hampshire Local Organising Committee (LOC). The Hampshire LOC is chaired by Anna Dawson (Head Teacher at the Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College) and supported by Sport Hampshire & IOW (County Sports Partnership).
This years date for the 2016-17 Hampshire School Games festival in Aldershot is yet to be announced. For details on the 2015-16 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 2016 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.