WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL GAMES?
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 were designed to build on the magic of London 2012 to enable every school, and child, to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters. There are four levels of competition:
- Intra-school (Level 1) - sporting competition for children in school through intra-school competition. For many young people sporting competition is first experienced through house teams or in PE lessons. Level 1 of the School Games will build on a school’s existing work to offer pupils a year-round programme of regular intra-school competition in a number of sports that culminate in a School Games Day: the ultimate school sports day!
- Inter-school (Level 2) - individuals and teams from Years 3 to 6 are selected to represent their school in local inter-school competitions, some of which will be leagues. Schools will have the flexibility to decide which sports to enter but are encouraged to involve as many pupils as possible by creating breadth in the sports they offer, and depth through the creation of additional teams.
- School Games Festivals (Level 3) – these are county competitions. Each county will host a multi-sport showcase event as a culmination of the year-round programme of competition between schools that is offered at level 2. Teams and individuals competing at Level 2 will win the opportunity to compete in this event if they qualify via Level 2 School Games league or competitions in their districts.
- School Games (Level 4) - this is a national multi-sport event, in which the country’s most talented athletes of school age compete, if selected by a National Governing Body of Sport. This event takes place in high quality venues amongst a unique and vibrant atmosphere to replicate the world’s top sporting occasions. The event supports athletes development and acts as a stepping stone to further national and international competition.