National Virtual Competition Launch

Posted 15th March 2022

On the back of Commonwealth Day yesterday, we are excited to announce the National Virtual Competition launches today!

The Commonwealth Games brings nations together in a colourful celebration of sport and human performance. Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a festival of sport and culture. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play. 

There has never been a more important time to galvanise and drive the positive impact of sport on society. Using the values, we wish to inspire and motivate young people to create a long-lasting legacy. 

To help schools, School Games Organisers and Active Partnerships embed the spirit of the friendly games associated with the Commonwealth Games, we have created virtual challenges for young people to take part in, inspired by the three values. Each month, we will shine a spotlight on one of the challenges based around the values: 

  • Humanity: 14 March-14 April (the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s purpose and potential is inspired by athletes and citizen) 
  • Equality: 25 April-27 May (the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s sports and Games are a level-playing field, bringing people together as equals) 
  • Destiny: 07 June-08 July (together, the Commonwealth Sports Movement can create a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous future) 

Each theme includes three challenges which are examples of how it is possible to use a high-profile event to engage children and young people. These challenges will help develop physical literacy skills, strength, or aerobic capacity, whilst aiming to inspire children and young people to be more active. Feel free to use what we have created, add your own, and inspire young people to get creative.

Along with the posters featuring some fun challenges, they also include insight and videos from our work in ensuring positive experiences, delivering high-quality virtual competitions and top tips to using high profile sports events to inspire. Alongside the posters, we have developed a personal challenge sheet for young people to keep track of their scores and a template assembly to launch the challenges in your schools.

As the Competition encourages and celebrates participation, we want to see schools get involved by sharing their activities on social media! The schools with the highest levels of engagement with our National Virtual Competition social media posts will be entered into a monthly draw. Prizes each month will include: 

  • 2 x Athlete Mentor visits 
  • 3 x cuddly Perry mascots 

In July, the two schools with the highest level of social media engagement throughout the Competition will have the opportunity to join our B2022 School Games Legacy Celebration event in Birmingham on Wednesday 03 August and spectate sporting events in the evening. 

Use #B2022SGVirtualComp and tag our social channels in your posts to be in with a chance to win:

We look forward to seeing your school bring these activities and values to life!