Sainsbury's School Games
The latest addition to our range of work on increasing competitive school sport is the Sainsbury's School Games, which was established in 2011. The Sainsbury's 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 Sainsbury's School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition.
Level 4 - the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in high-performance venues.
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 Sainsbury's School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of:
- the 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 National Governing Bodies of Sports and County Sports Partnerships;
- the British Paralympic Association, which brings the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics; and
- the 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 Sainsbury's 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 Change4Life 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 Sainsbury's School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees are being set up, chaired by headteachers, to oversee the county festivals. County sports partnerships have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.
Make sure your school is involved in the Sainsbury's School Games - register now.
You can purchase products to support your Sainsbury's School Games events from Youth Sport Direct. Choose from wristbands, trophies, T-shirts and more! www.youthsportdirect.org