Bournemouth SGO Area
My name is Sarah Dunsford and I have been the School Games Organiser for the area since 2013. I love my job and am passionate about sport and physical activity for all, as well as being a wife and mum of two.
My profile page is designed to showcase the work going on in the Bournemouth area and signpost schools and families to ideas and opportunities to be physically active.
Children and young people should be aiming for 60 minutes of physical activity each day and every one can join in parents, teachers and families.
Get involved through your school or if you want to do more at home there are lots of resources, fun games and challenges available to help increase those active minutes for the whole family (please see attached) .
Follow me on Twitter- @SGO_Bournemouth and Dorset School Games at: Twitter - @DorsetGames or Instagram - dorsetschoolgames.
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School Games Organiser for Bournemouth
PS- Make sure you check out the updates at the bottom of the page for all the latest information!
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- SGM - Schools Guide 2022.pptx
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- CWG trail sheet- Slades Park.docx
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School Games Mark Criteria for 2023/24 Now Live
The criteria for the 2023/24 School Games Mark is now available to help you plan your application in the lead-up to this year's window.
Get Active: a strategy for the future of sport and physical activity.'
Earlier this week, the Government released its new Sport Strategy: ‘Get Active: a strategy for the future of sport and physical activity.’ The Strategy sets out an aspiration to use the power of sport and being physically active to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, as well as introducing ambitious national participation targets for children and adults.
The new normal in children's physical activity levels.
Interesting article on the new normal for children's physical activity published in BMC Public Health.
Summer Reading Challenge
This year's Summer Reading Challenge has a physical activity theme and is called 'Ready, Set, Read!'. It is games, play and sport related with an emphasis on keeping minds and bodies active over the holiday.
National School Sports Week
We're excited to announce that Youth Sport Trust annual National School Sports Week campaign is back for 2023, running from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June. This year, it's partnering with Sports Direct to encourage kids all over the UK to "play for fun, play for 60" and make sure they get the Chief Medical Officer's recommended minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Youth Sports Trust Impact Report 2022
The Youth Sport Trust is proud to launch our 2022 Impact Report. In it you can read how, in collaboration with many valued partners up and down the country and overseas, we are working to improve young people’s physical and mental health, develop their character and leadership skills, foster inclusion to build empathy, and ensure no child is left behind so that irrespective of age, gender, affluence, ability, or ethnicity, all young people are able to access the life-changing benefits of PE, sport and play.
Stop the squeeze: Schools cutting back on PE for GCSE students when they need it most
Read Youth Sport Trust's latest report which includes worrying statistics showing that children studying their GCSEs are less likely than other secondary school pupils to access the transformative power of PE. This is despite a growing evidence base that physically active children achieve higher levels of academic attainment than their less physically active peers.
Active Lives Children and Young People 2021-22 released
On Thursday 8 December, Sport England released their latest Active Lives Children and Young People data set for 2021-22.
National Child measurement Programme- local perspective
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11), to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within primary schools.
Here you will find lots of support for you as teachers or school staff to review and improve your inclusive physical education and school sport delivery. It is all made possible through the Department of Education funded, Inclusion 2024 project.
Bournemouth Commonwealth Games Trails
In Bournemouth as a legacy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, there are Commonwealth trails at 5 different sites around the town.
World Health Organisation – ‘Promoting Physical Activity through Schools’ paper
This week see's the publication from the World Health Organisation of the Promoting Physical Activity through School's paper.
State of the nation report on PE
The YST have launched a new ‘state of the nation’ report on PE, school sport and physical activity to help families and schools understand the importance of supporting children to move more.
New NCMP report on changes in child obesity in England
The increase in child obesity prevalence in 2020 to 2021 is the largest increase recorded in the NCMP since the programme began in 2006 to 2007. The headline figures were published by NHS Digital in November 2021. In the new report published today, we focus on the recent increases in obesity and severe obesity prevalence and examine how the increases vary between different population groups.
School Games Mark 21-22
The School Games Mark window is now open for applications. Application window- 4th May- 27th July 2022
National School Sports Week
The UK is facing a ‘new pandemic’ of loneliness, rising mental health needs and childhood inactivity. In a bid to get more young people to have fun doing sport and find their place within it, we are asking teachers, parents, and organisations across the UK to sign up for National School Sport Week, 20-26 June.
Link Between Physical Activity and Attainment
We know that physical activity contributes to physical health, mental and social wellbeing, and life-skill development but it has wider benefits.
National School Sports Week
Registrations for National School Sport Week 2022 on 20-26 June, are now open.
Hockey - Free Teacher Training
England Hockey are providing free virtual teacher CPD workshops to celebrate the launch of their new free schools membership.
Commonwealth Games Schools Celebration Pack
In 2022 the Commonwealth Games are being hosted by Birmingham. To help spread the message about the Games and promote the importance of physical activity for young people we have created a Commonwealth Games School Celebration Pack.
YST Impact Report
The following findings were presented as part of our 2021 Impact Report - published in February 2022. A full version of the report is available for download on this page.
Inclusive Sports Programme
Schools involved in the Inclusive Sports Programme will be able to deliver a series of inclusive programmes and festivals that are inspired by the Winter Paralympic and Commonwealth Games
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Schools Programme
The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Schools Programme provides teachers with access to a range of free, digital resources to help build excitement amongst pupils in the leadup to the tournament.
Teach Handball hub
Here is some information on a new initiative that has been launched to help school teachers inspire the next generation of handball stars and encourage thousands more youngsters to take up the sport. England Handball has launched the new, completely free, Teach Handball hub – a one-stop shop for everything teachers need to know about the sport including basic equipment, rules, FAQs, training opportunities and more.
Youth Sport Trust – Inclusion Live week
The week of live free content will highlight the importance of SEND inclusion within schools with sessions from a specialist school, an interactive immersive digital stories experience, sharing of good practice within the education setting and an exciting youth voice panel discussion.
Recommended Physical Activity Levels
Now that we beginning a New Year it is important to know where we are in relation to the activity levels in children and young people. This is demonstrated by the recent Active Lives survey, details below.
Bournemouth Cycling Coaching Sessions
What are these sessions? These sessions are for 6-12 year olds who would like to learn various cycling skills in a safe and enjoyable environment. Our main aim is for your children to have fun riding bikes! They will happen all year round in most weather conditions.
Tour De Park
Introducing this years summer holiday physical activity initiative for Bournemouth Primary Schools called 'Tour de Park'.
NSPCC Child Protection in Sport
New safeguarding in sport animation A new animation launched by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is helping more people to understand what child protection and safeguarding mean in a sports setting.
Active Recovery Hub
A new Active Recovery Hub is launching to provide schools, local authorities, and families with easy access to free resources to get children moving before, during and after the school day.
Move It Week Poetry Competition
If you think that you can rhyme, And get your words down line by line, We need your help with MOVE IT WEEK, And want to see your poetry technique, So write your poem and send it in, And you might be the one to win.
Dorset Virtual Leadership Academy
The Dorset Virtual Leadership Academy consists of a wide selection of pre-recorded workshops covering a variety of topics to provide training to young people on their leadership journey. The leadership academy offers a range of training to primary, middle, secondary and special schools and demonstrates the importance of developing young people to become the workforce of the future.
The North V South Koboca Challenge
For one week only Bournemouth will be taking on the School Games area of North Dorset in the 'North V South' Koboca Challenge. To see who is the greatest!
A School Games Book for World Book Day
A School Games colleague in Solihull has written a children's book focusing on the 'Spirit of the Games' values which may help with World Book day (March 4th) so I thought I would share it with you.
Bournemouth Inter School Leagues with Koboca
We are getting back to some inter school competition in Bournemouth with some virtual challenges via the platform Koboca.
Virtual 3K Competition
Do you want to see how your 3km time matches up against other schools from Bournemouth? Compete against students from schools in a virtual 3km race!
The Healthy Movers programme from the Youth Sports Trust is suitable for KS1 children and young siblings at home.
Physical Activity and PE at home for young people with SEND
Introducing a new resource designed by the Youth Sport Trust. To help young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities stay active at home.
Step Into Sport Youth Leadership
Step into Sport Youth Leadership Camps focus on the development of leadership skills in young people, with an increased emphasis on further training and deployment opportunities in workforce specific roles. There are two delivery approaches for Step into Sport this year. Please find summaries of the approaches below along with links to all the content and support material you will need. You can choose between the two or deliver both if you see the benefit. In Dorset we have a clear objective of making sure those who complete the programme have opportunities once they have completed the courses. This might be through leading in your own school, within the School Games or by linking into community clubs and volunteering. Please keep us informed when leaders have completed the training. The options are outlined below:
Orienteering in the Bournemouth Area
Many green spaces in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council (BCP) area are mapped with orienteering routes. Orienteering is an outdoor activity where the aim is to navigate between markings called control points marked on a map.
Be My Best Festival
I have put together this 'Be my best' festival which is designed to help children to set personal bests in different activities and then try to beat their scores.
Bournemouth Healthy Lives Bucket List
The bucket list is an ideal way to keep children active and also thinking about activity and health whilst they're off school during the current lock-down.
How has COVID-19 affected the health and wellbeing of young children?
The Youth Sports Trust and Sport England have collated some powerful data demonstrating the effect lockdown has had on children and the physical and mental health. Data reporting is one of the key objectives of my School Games Organiser role. Take a look at some of the data below and see if it helps you to enhance your practice or change what you do.
Youth Sport Trust PE Activities in Partnership with Complete PE
A series of PE resources available for primary, secondary and young people with SEND.
Active Dorset Airtable - Isolation Activities Resource
Need some ideas of how to stay active at home? Why not check out Active Dorset's directory of isolation activities.
Youth Sports Trust After School Clubs
The Youth Sport Trust After School Sport Club was created to help all young people feel part of a club while many schools are shut and youth sport is on hold. Focusing on much more than physical fitness, the club will help children develop physical literacy and the confidence to try new sports.
Dorset School Games Skipping Challenge
Dorset School Games are working with Dan the Skipping Man® this year to get everyone active and participating in skipping.
Active Kids Do Better
Active Kids Do Better is a brilliant website to help with fit breaks at school (or at home), give ideas for playground games and for family resources.
Ready Exercise Daily!
Using the idea of RED January (Formerly Run Every Day) I have put together some resources to try and encourage students to do some activity every day called Ready Exercise Daily.
Health Regeneration Fund
I have news of an exciting project for primary and secondary schools in the BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) area.
School Games Santa Dash
A national event is taking place on 11th December the School Games Santa Dash. The general idea is to just have festive fun, get the children active and involved emphasising the importance of being active.
Virtual Cross Country for Primary and Secondary Schools
Next on the virtual calendar is the Cross Country event.
Primary Stars Football resource by AFC Bournemouth
AFC Bournemouth brings you a series of activity cards to help develop your football skills with a set of activities and drills in a fun safe environment.
Move in 7 ways
Move in 7 ways in 7 days. It is basically a physical activity log and we are encouraging children to try and do a different type of physical activity each day of the half term holiday.
At the current time I think it is important to recognise that we are trying to work towards restoring the children's wellbeing. PE & Sport plays a large part of this but it is important to incorporate other areas.
Primary Leadership Academies
Primary Leadership Academies have take two different approaches to usual this year. They are either being delivered in house by staff with our training pack or I am visiting schools to teach the skills directly. Either way we are ensuring the leadership and training opportunities are still on offer across Bournemouth.
Shuffle Up Gymnastics and Football Festivals
Two virtual festival packs in Gymnastics & Football Fitness for you to use in PE lessons, extra curricular clubs or at home.
Dorset School Games - What is it?
The Schools Games has been in operation since 2006 and has evolved from a since multi sport event to a national programme made up of 450 School Games Organisers