Reframing Competition

For competition to be meaningful and engage more and different young people, it needs to be planned with intention. This resource will support practitioners in designing competitions to achieve wider outcomes.

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Approaches to Competition: Resource

In 2018/19 10 School Games Organisers, NGBs and one Active Partnership School Games Lead utilised the findings from Youth Sport Trust research and undertook an action research pilot through Sport England National Lottery investment through the School Games. 

Following the pilot an interactive resource has been developed. This resource considers alternative ways to deliver competition to engage more young people based on the eight themes indicated from research. The resource aims to support practitioners working with young people through animations, case studies and top tips.

Approaches to Competition: Resource

Approaches to Competition: Research

The Youth Sport Trust aims to support schools, clubs and families to remove the causes of negative experiences in sport for young people and to ensure youth sport in the UK is inclusive, accessible and fun. Insight gained from the Girls Active programme identified that the over emphasis on competition in sport is a challenge for some young people. This led to the Youth Sport Trust Research and Insight team conducting desk research to explore possible alternative competition formats.

Utilising the desktop research findings, and in light of The School Games review in 2016, the Youth Sport Trust, funded by the Sport England National Lottery, launched a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of conducting alternative competition formats through the School Games Organiser network with the overarching aim of increasing young people’s participation in sport and physical activity.

Approaches to Competition: Research

PR Campaign: #ReframeCompetition

To continue to build on the SG Mission and Vision, the campaign looks to tackle some of the negative experiences that exist within competition when there is an over-emphasis on a single outcome – most goals, fastest time or furthest distance. We know that these issues are prominent in school sport competitions and in some cases, having negative effects on young people taking part in school sport.

Through feedback from the network, you emphasised the need for further support in spreading the message about the importance in identifying a variety of young people and creating a positive environment to parents, teachers and the wider public in order for your events to have the biggest impact – this campaign is part of that support.

The campaign has now launched and we ask for your support in promoting the campaign to your networks and further afield to ensure we can reach new audiences, and ensure competition is meaningful for all young people.

#ReframeCompetition - What do you celebrate?

The School Games mission is putting physical activity and competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

What do you celebrate?

#ReframeCompetition - How do you manage selection?

How many young people have the opportunity to experience meaningful sports competition that meets their motivation, competence and confidence?

How do you manage selection?

#ReframeCompetition - Do you know why they compete?

What is the first question that you ask young people after taking part in sports competition?

Do you know why they compete?

#ReframeCompetition - If they don't play, do they feel part of the team?

How many young people walk away from sport because of a lack of playing time?

If they don’t play, do they feel part of the team?

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