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. The Games are made up of three levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level:
- Intra-school (Level 1) – sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition.
- Inter-school (Level 2) – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions.
- Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals (Level 3) – the county/area will stage multi-sport Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals as a culmination
At the heart of the School Games is the understanding that competitive sport needs to be made accessible and enjoyable for all young people. By structuring competitive sport at a range of levels to suit the needs of their children, schools should be able to ensure that young people are able to take part in meaningful competitive sport at a level that is right for them. The School Games also presents some excellent opportunities for young people to become sports reporters, leaders, officials and volunteers.
The national delivery partnership is made up of:
– the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education (DofE) and the Department of Health (DOH);
– Sport England, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships;
– the Youth Sport Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, which has been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games. This includes: up to £35.5m Lottery funding from Sport England between 2010-15; £28.4m exchequer funding from the Department of Health and Sport England to fund 450 School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Change4Life Clubs.
The School Games Mark launched in June 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community via club links. Schools in England can assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. To gain any level of the Mark, all schools are required to meet a set criteria.
In Havering there are 2 School Games Organisers – Sharon Phillips based at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School and Louise Chesney based at Emerson Park Academy. Their role focusses on key tasks such as driving participation in School Games competition and increasing the number of young people taking part in competition. It also includes developing opportunities for the least active as well as broadening participation opportunities through volunteering and workforce roles. Locally this is delivered through the Havering Sports Collective. There are a series of competitions which link to the London School Games where 33 London Boroughs compete against each other. There are also volunteering opportunities for young leaders both at local level and regional level. All events and opportunities are offered to every secondary school within Havering.