Frequently asked questions about the School Games
Questions about the Games
How are the School Games managed?
The School Games is supported by a range of partners including, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department for Education, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust. We are extremely greatful for the Lottery and Government funding that continues to be invested in the School Games and you can learn more about those responsible by visiting our partners page.
What opportunities are there for young disabled people to take part in the School Games?
At all levels of the School Games there will be increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. Fifty schools are School Games Project Ability sites to develop further sporting opportunities for young people with disabilities. These centres of excellence share expertise on the delivery of disability sport with other schools. More than 450 School Games Organisers are gaining further training in how to develop and run the most effective sporting leagues, fixtures and events for young disabled people. Sports National Governing Bodies have also created new, innovative sports that are inclusive for all young people. Specific formats in these sports have been developed and can be found here, with a number designed to allow disabled young people to compete alongside and against able-bodied and disabled peers.
What is the School Games Mark and how do schools apply for it?
The School Games Mark was launched in June 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community via club links. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. To gain any level of the Mark, all schools are required to meet a set criteria - you can find out more here.
Some children are turned off by competitive sport - how will the School Games involve them?
At the heart of the School Games is the understanding that competitive sport needs to be made accessible and enjoyable for all young people. By structuring competitive sport at a range of levels to suit the needs of their children, schools should be able to ensure that young people are able to take part in meaningful competitive sport at a level that is right for them. The School Games also presents some excellent opportunities for young people to become sports reporters, leaders, officials and volunteers – find out more.
Is the School Games just for secondary schools?
No. The School Games will give every primary, secondary, independent and special school, and every pupil from years 3-13, the opportunity to get involved.
What sports are involved?
There are more than 30 sports for schools to choose from and decide which are best for them to compete in on a local and regional level, with more sports and competition formats added as time goes on. Learn more about the School Games sports formats.
Can schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get involved?
At present the School Games at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (intra, inter and festivals) is focused on schools in England, supported by political and sporting bodies with responsibility in that nation. However, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have regularly sent teams to compete in the School Games National Finals (Level 4).
I have forgotten my password, what do I do?
Please click here and follow the instructions.
I am having problems activating my account (or having problems with registering) - how can I resolve this?
If you have tried to log in (at the top right hand side of the screen) with the details you have chosen, or have been emailed, and this still isn't working, please press Ctrl + F5 together and then try again. If this still doesn’t work, email us. To help us with your query, be sure to include your school name, address (including postcode) and the exact nature of the issue you are experiencing. We will endeavour to come back to you within 48 hours to resolve the issue.
I have searched for my school using the postcode finder, but it doesn't come up, why?
This may be because your school has recently been merged, is new, or shares its site with another school(s) - so we need to update our database. Please email us with the full name and address of the school so we can add it.
How many people from each school can register?
One person from each school can register. They may choose to share thair registration details with other colleagues.
The person who registered for the School Games originally has now left. What do I do?
Please email us using the form with your school name, address and details of your colleague's name and email address and we will endeavour to come back to you within 48 hours.
I am not receiving the school newsletter - why not?
The contacts - and their email addresses - are pulled directly from the registered accounts on the School Games website. If you are a registered contact, you will receive the email for that account and account name. If you are a registered contact - and your name and email are correct on your dashboard - but you're still not receiving it, please check your junk mail or, failing that, contact us by clicking here.
I don't understand how the website works - what can I do?
Please try our helpful user guide available to download in the 'Your School' section, and via your dashboard if you are already a registered school.
Can't find the answer to your question? Please either login to the website using your username and password above or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a member of the press and would like to learn more, please contact email@example.com.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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. It is delivered in four seperate competition levels.
Do you have a query about something regarding the School Games? Have you already tried the FAQ section but can't find your answer? Try using our simple online form and get in touch today.