Approaches to Competition

YST Approaches to Competition
The School Games is striving to reframe competition to ensure that it can remain meaningful whilst also engaging more and different young people. In order to achieve this, competition must be planned with intention, and our resources will support practitioners to deliver these wider outcomes.

During the 2018/19 academic year 10 School Games Organisers and one Lead Applicant utilised the findings from Youth Sport Trust research and undertook an action research pilot through Sport England National Lottery investment in the School Games.

Following the pilot an interactive resource has been developed. This resource considers alternative ways to deliver competition to engage more young people based on the eight themes and aims to support practitioners working with young people. It contains animations, case studies and top tips to deliver this in the most engaging way possible.

Click here to access the resource

In September, keep an eye out for our #ReframeCompetition campaign, which looks to go one step further by tackling the negative experiences which exist within competition - specifically, when there is an over-emphasis on a single outcome - most goals, fastest time or furthest distance. We know that these issues are prominent in school sport competitions and, in some cases, are having negative effects on young people taking part in school sport.

Follow the School Games on Twitter @YourSchoolGames and us @YouthSportTrust for more information.