About the Games

A unique opportunity to inspire young people to take part in competitive school sport.

What is the Sainsbury's School Games?

The Sainsbury's 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 Sainsbury's School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level:

The Games have a strong Inclusive element resulting in more meaningful opportunities are available for young disabled people.

How is the Sainsbury's School Games delivered?

Nationally and locally the Sainsbury's 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 Sainsbury's 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. 

 

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