Sainsbury's School Games


School Games runners

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.

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.

Who’s involved nationally?

The national School Games 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 are 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 2013 School Games.

Who’s involved locally?

At a local level the School Games are delivered by schools, School Games organisers, clubs, County Sports Partnerships and other local partners. Local organising committees, chaired by head teachers and actively supported by county sports partnerships and London Youth Games, oversee the county festivals. Every school in England has been given the opportunity to get involved, potentially giving every school child the chance to take part.

The four levels provide pathways for young people to progress and develop:

  • Level 1 – Intra school (in school)
  • Level 2 – Inter school (between schools)
  • Level 3 – County/ area festivals
  • Level 4 – Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games (National multi-sport event for the most talented young people in the UK)

To date over 14,000 schools have signed up to the School Games website, and over 90,000 young people have taken part. Over 80 festivals are planned for summer 2013 which will provide more than 100,000 young people with a competitive experience and over 11,000 young volunteers will be supporting these events.

For more information or to register your school please visit Your Games.

For information on the 2013 Level 4 national multi sport event please visit: 2013 School Games website.