School sport given new competitive edge

School sport received a welcome boost today, with schools receiving confirmation of the details of the School Games Organiser posts.

School sport received a welcome boost today, with schools receiving confirmation of the details of the School Games Organiser posts.

The new School Games Organisers are being jointly funded by the Department of Health and Sport England for two years starting this September and will exist to increase participation, competition and progression for young people in sport through the successful delivery of the School Games.

The School Games is an exciting new opportunity to increase both the quality and the quantity of competitive sport opportunities for young people, through a four-tiered structure of competition. Starting in September, around 30 sports will be available to start with, specifically designed to get young people of all abilities competing at intra-school and inter-school level and culminating in local, regional and national events.

The Youth Sport Trust is currently piloting the School Games in nine areas of England - the results of this pilot will inform full roll-out of the competition in September.

Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, Steve Grainger, said:

"With less than 500 days to go before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there is no better time to boost competitive sport in schools. These new roles will be crucial in supporting and delivering the new School Games and ensuring every young person has access to high quality competitive opportunities."

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