Today (Thursday 10 November), 452 School Games Organisers will gather for a conference in Telford to celebrate the School Games, which is now delivered in over 20,000 schools across the country.
The one day conference is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust with support from National Lottery funding from Sport England. It provides the national network of School Games Organisers, County Sport Partnerships and a range of National Governing Bodies, with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and gain some valuable ideas to develop current practice.
School Games Organisers work with thousands of schools to increase competitive sporting opportunities for all young people. The School Games is set across four levels providing the national platform of sporting competition. Across the year young people compete in a range of sport at class-v-class, school-v-school and in county-wide sport festivals as part of the Games.
The Games are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.
During the event, attendees will hear from a range of speakers including internationally renowned behaviourist expert; Jez Rose. A former comedy performer and award-winning author, Jez presents to and creates training programmes for organisations worldwide. The day will culminate in a number of awards celebrating the achievements and success of the School Games competition, including a ‘School Games Organiser of the Year Award’.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust said:
“We are committed to supporting School Games Organisers (SGO) to do the best job they can in driving up competitive sporting opportunities for all young people.
“Getting more young people participating and involved in competitive sport and reaching out to those who are less active will require SGOs and all those involved to re-imagine the game and find new and different approaches and formats to inspire and engage more young people.
“We hope the summit will provide an opportunity to share practice, find new inspiration and will help SGOs to position competitive sport in a way that makes sense to young people, is relevant to their lives and contributes to school improvement. Participating in competitive sport has a huge role to play in keeping young people active, building character and developing lifeskills and in turn boosting wider academic achievement.”
Mike Diaper, director of community sport at Sport England, said:
The School Games has a fantastic record of nurturing young sporting talent. Today's summit offers a fantastic opportunity to reflect on what we have learned to date, so that we can further build on its success. We know that a young person's experience of sport and physical activity can largely shape how they view it in the longer-term. Thus, it’s really important that in their formative years, all young people regardless of their ability, can develop competence, whereby they feel confident to be active in the best way that suits them.