The Sainsbury’s School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England. Through the School Games we are motivating, enthusing and inspiring young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.
By providing competition in different formats it makes competition more attractive and accessible for young people, and ensures they can all take part in competitive sport irrespective of their experience, talent or ability.
The four levels provide pathways for young people to progress and develop:
L4. National multi-sport event - the most talented young people in the UK are selected to compete in high-performance venues.
L3. Sainsbury's School Games Festival - regional or countywide festivals and competitions are usually held twice a year to find the best performers in the area as a culmination of school sport competition.
L2. Inter-school competition - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools against other local schools in competitions run by School Games Organisers, with the winning teams progressing to a Sainsbury's School Games Festival.
L1. Intra-school competition - sporting competition for all students held within their school, culminating in a Sainsbury's School Games Day.
To date over 19,000 schools have signed up to the School Games website, and over 120 festivals are planned for the 2015/16 academic year, which will provide more than 150,000 young people with a competitive experience with over 11,000 young volunteers supporting these events.
School Games is being delivered through partnerships and the national partnership consists of:
- The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who have overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health
- Sport England, who is the Lottery distributor and is supporting the engagement of sports governing bodies and county sports partnerships, and is a key partner in shaping the strategic direction of the programme
- The British Paralympic Association, who bring the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics to the Games
- The Youth Sport Trust, who is commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners. Sport England work closely with the Youth Sport Trust to deliver the School Games at Level 1-3 and also the Level 4 Sainsbury’s School Games.