The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, involves funded School Games Organisers (SGOs) at a local level and Active Partnerships at a county level working alongside us to create an annual calendar of competition.
The School Games outcomes
The five School Games outcomes ensure there is a clear direction and a collective ask to the School Games network to work towards the same priorities for young people in Years 3-13 across all education settings:
- Advocate and position the delivery of the Chief Medical Officer's daily active minutes for all young people, as a universal offer to maintain and grow school engagement
- Ensure all competition has a clear intent and creates positive experiences based on the motivation, competence, and confidence of the young people that need support the most
- Have a clear focus on secondary school engagement and transition points
- Support the personal development of targeted young people through youth
engagement and leadership
- Advocate and engage key stakeholders on the value of School Games to
support local provision and improve the experience for young people and their
Where we started
The School Games started in 2006 as a single annual multi-sport competition - what is today known as the School Games National Finals. In 2010, the School Games was expanded to include more localised competitions, from major county level events to smaller competitions within the same school. As part of this work, the Youth Sport Trust were funded by Sport England to work alongside the National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs), assisting in the creation of a series of sport formats to help guide the future of school sport competitions. Over the years, the list of NGBs involved with the School Games has grown to 45, with everything from American Football to Wheelchair Basketball events currently taking place around the country.
Since 2010, the School Games has offered 13.4 million participation opportunities for young people, and it is our vision that the Games will continue to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of young people for many years to come.