What is School Games?

The School Games aims to put physical activity at the centre of schools, to provide more young people with the opportunity to participate in competitive sport and achieve their personal best. Additionally, it offers young people the chance to volunteer as leaders, managers and officials. At the heart of the Games are the 6 values which all participations are encouraged to embody - Determination, Passion, Respect, Honesty, Self-Belief and Teamwork.

What is the aim?

The School Games aims to provide every child with a positive experience in an environment where the young person's motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition.

How are they structured?

The School Games are organised into 4 unique levels of competition:

Level 1 - Schools host intra-school competitions meaning sporting activity takes place between pupils who attend the same school. For example, this can be in the form of a class vs. class or house activity. These competitions should culminate in an annual School Games Day, or Sports Day, to celebrate a school's sporting success.

Level 2 - Schools enter a local enter-school competition, where schools from the same area - either as a one-off fixture or as part of a league, compete in various sports / activities. These competitions may act as qualifiers for county finals or can be run as developmental competitions or festival events to meet the needs of a local area. HBSSPAN have a key role in running various level 2 competitions to qualify for the Level 3 competitions

Level 3 - Winners from the Level 2 competitions progress to county finals. A county final is a showcase event held either as the culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions or as open entry events, with invitations made by the School Games County Alliance.

Level 4 - Our country's most promising young athletes compete at biannual four day multi-sport event. Complete with an Opening and Closing Ceremony, Anti Doping workshops, Elite Athlete Mentors and athlete village, the Games reinforce the experience of an Olympic Games. For each National Finals, the Games will be reaching out to our network for volunteers to assist with the running of the Games.

For more information on how the Games work, visit the School Games website: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/how-it-works/

To find out more or for any questions regarding the School Games, please contact:

Martin Lynch & Gareth Bell

Martin Lynch & Gareth Bell

School Games Organiser & HBSSPAN Sports & Physical Activity Officer


Bosworth Academy
Leicester Lane