Levels of competition explained
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The four levels of School Games competition
The Sainsbury's School Games is made up of four levels of competition that provide a pathway for young people to progress and develop.
For many young people sporting competition is the first experienced through intra-house teams, form groups or in PE lessons. Level 1 of the Sainsbury's School Games 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: the ultimate school sports day!
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Level 2: inter-school competition
Inter-school competition for years 3 to 13. At this stage individuals and teams will be selected to represent their school in local inter-school competitions, many of which will be leagues. 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. Sports delivered at Level 2 of the school games should follow the formats as designed by the National Governing Bodies of Sport. To access these formats click here.
Level 3: county/area sport festivals
Each county/area will host a multi-sport showcase event as a culmination of the year-round programme of competition between schools that is offered at level 2. Teams and individuals competing at Level 2 will win the opportunity to compete in this event if they qualify via Level 2 Sainsbury's School Games league or competitions in their districts. 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. Level 3 will be planned and managed through a Local Organising Committee in every county chaired by a Head Teacher and supported by the County Sports Partnership.
Level 4: Sainsbury's School Games finals event
This is a national multi-sport event, in which the country’s most talented athletes of school age will complete if selected by a National Governing Body of Sport. This event will take place in high quality venues amongst a unique and vibrant atmosphere to replicate the world’s top sporting occasions. The event supports athletes development and acts as a stepping stone to further national and international competition. To find out more about Level 4 please visit www.2013schoolgames.com