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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 Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.

Intra-school competition - sporting competition for all students held within their school, culminating in a School Games Day.

Inter-school competition - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools against other local schools in competitions run by School Games Organisers, with the winning teams progressing to a School Games Stockton Final.

School Games Final - regional or countywide festivals and competitions are usually held twice a year to find the best performers in the area as a culmination of school sport competition.

National multi-sport event - the School Games have the most talented young people in the UK competing in high-performance venues.

The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.

There are many benefits to schools that are involved in the School Games. These include:

  • Resources: using PE and school sport as a vehicle to raise standards through cross-curricular activities;
  • Reward and Recognition: monthly awards to SGOs and schools who blog about their School Games activities and are active on the School Games website;
  • School Games Mark: nationally recognised award for schools committed to developing and delivering PE and school sport; and
  • NGB Formats: resources which support schools in delivering intra- and inter-school competitions.

Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships.

At a local level, the School Games is delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees have been set up and are chaired by headteachers, to oversee the county festivals. County sports partnerships have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.

The national partnership is made up of:

  • Sport England, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of National Governing Bodies of Sports and County Sports Partnerships;
  • the Youth Sport Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, which has been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners;
  • the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health;
  • Change4Life, which encourages children and families to eat well, move more and live longer; and
  • the British Paralympic Association, which brings the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics.

Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the Sainsbury's School Games. This includes: up to £35.5m Lottery funding from Sport England between 2010-15; £28.4m exchequer funding from the Department of Health and Sport England to fund 450 School Games Organisers and Change4Life Clubs.

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Spirit of the Games

The Spirit of the Games values of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief, and teamwork were developed by young people to identify what the experience of school sport should be built around and they focus on personal excellence through competition.