The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport than ever before. As the London 2012 Games legacy builds, there is no better time to build on existing work in school sport and showcase the positive impact that competitive sport can have on students.
With the support of School Games Organisers, the School Games is the perfect chance to create a year-round sporting calendar, specifically designed to get young people competing at intra-school and inter-school levels and culminating in local, regional and national events. This is a celebration of competitive sport for all young people of all ages, experiences and abilities.
There are four different levels to the School Games.
- Level 1: Intra-school competition
- Level 2: Regular inter-school competition between schools at local level
- Level 3: Annual county/area culmination of inter-school competition
- Level 4: National multi-sport residential event at venues such as the Olympic Park!
The School Games are open to all children and young people no matter what their experience, talent or ability. They are also a great way for young athletes to progress into/through the National Governing Bodies of Sport performance systems.
The School Games included as many sports as possible (around 30 in the first year, growing in year two) and will depend on what facilities, equipment and expertise amongst school staff are available. Guidance will be provided and schools are encouraged to involve young people as much as possible in the coordination and organisation of the Games.
The School Games is an inclusive competition model which will involve all young people in competitive sport regardless of their ability, motivation for competing, aspirations, or any physical or learning disabilities. The games will have competition formats for the inclusion of disabled young people, promoting the Paralympic values, such as Table Cricket or Boccia.
The benefits of getting involved include:
- More active, fit and healthy students
- Improving behaviour in school
- Developing teamwork skills
- Building confidence
- Learning about the ‘Sporting spirit’ (winning and losing)
- School ethos and developing a sense of school pride
How to do it?
The first step is to register your school at www.yourschoolgames.com. Once you have registered, you will receive updates and information about the School Games and should contact your local School Games Organiser. Start thinking about who you will get involved then plan your intra-school programme.
Alternatively you can contact Chris Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01487 849912.