School Games

What is 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 are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event:


  • Level 1 - sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
  • Level 2 - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions
  • Level 3 – the county/area will stage multi-sport School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition
  • Level 4 – the Sainsbury's School Games finals: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in our sporting venues (including the Olympic Park in 2012).


The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.

Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of:


  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health;
  • Sport England, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships;
  • British Paralympic Association, which brings the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics.
  • 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 and Change 4 Life Clubs
  • £65m exchequer funding from the Department for Education to release a PE teacher for one day a week in all secondary schools.


At a local level, the School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees are being set up, chaired by Head Teachers, to oversee the county festivals. County sports partnerships have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.

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