The school games is an all inclusive programme to allow all school children the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
It enables all students the access to competitive sport and allow them to develop their sporting ability to go on to represent the district, county and possibly nation. In addition the school games programme encourages young people to volunteer providing them with the opportunity to lead, officiate and support events in a multitude of capacities to increase their sporting experience in different ways whilst developing useful skills.
There are 4 levels of competition within the school games where children have the opportunity to participate or volunteer.
- Level 1 - Schools are encouraged to run frequent competitions within the school to provide opportunities for all students to take part in competitive sport.
- Level 2 - SSPANs are responsible for running regular competitions between the schools in their area to give children the chance to represent their school at an inter-school tournament.
- Level 3 - For those schools successful at Level 2 competitions, they are invited to participate in the Level 3 county & SSPAN finals along with a representative from the other 9 SSPANs throughout Leicestershire & Rutland. These are competitions organised by both Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (LRS) and the SSPAN network to ultimately find a County champion!
- Level 4 - this is a unique opportunity for those elite participants to take part in a national multi-sport event. This is the ultimate level of competition and gives participants the experience of an Olympic Games with opening and closing ceremonies, an athlete's village, visits and support from professional athletes and the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of spectators. The National Level 4 School Games have for the past 2 years been hosted at Loughborough University and volunteers from the HBSSPAN network have support the delivery of this competition.
The Hinckley and Bosworth SSPAN is responsible for the delivery of the Level 2 tier of the school games structure. For the 2019-20 academic year the Network will coordinate and deliver over 80 competitions which will feed into a County or SSPAN final as well as an additional programme of competitions to facilitate the needs of the schools throughout the district. This is in addition to the delivery of additional leadership qualifications and opportunities and external project delivery the external partners such as the Youth Sport Trust.
If you would like more information on the School Games programme visit http://www.lrsport.org/schoolgames