Taking Part

Through our network, the School Games offers every school the opportunity to utilise competitive sport to encourage young people to be physically active and promote healthy lifelong habits.
Children Swimming

Find out how you can get involved with the different types of School Games events and activities suitable for your school.

Joining Competitions

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved either within school, against other local schools, or at county level. The type of competition will determine how to get involved as a potential participant, a school group / team, or as an organiser.

Join our competitions

Our Sports

National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) work alongside the School Games to build and develop sport formats for school competition. These formats encourage all young people to participate and are based on supporting young people to build and extend their skills and confidence.

See the list of our sports

Free Activity Resources

Help young people to boost their health and wellbeing by promoting physical activity before, during, and after the school day. 

We have over 450 free activities, provided by physical activity and sports organisations, suitable for your school's setting, session time, and sports equipment provision.

Find activities suitable for you

Inclusive Sport within the School Games

We are determined to ensure that there are opportunities for all young people to compete throughout the School Games, and therefore provide resources to help schools provide a more inclusive sport provision for their pupils, including:

  • Inclusive Health Check tool
  • Unified specific inclusive sport formats
  • Project Ability
More about inclusive sport

Leadership and Volunteering

Young people can play a fundamental role in shaping, developing, and running the School Games. 

To achieve this, many schools utilise School Sport Organising Crews or School Sport Organising Committees (depending on setting) to help with the planning and delivery of their intra-school competition programme.

Read about leadership and volunteering

Impact Awards

The School Games Impact Awards is a termly recognition scheme which celebrates the impact achieved for young people by our network of School Games Organisers, Active Partnerships, National Governing Bodies of sport, and schools.

At the annual end of year Impact Awards, one entry is chosen per outcome based upon the greatest impact had on young people.

Apply for the Impact Awards