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School Games

Funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, on behalf of a number of Government Departments, the School Games is a framework delivered locally by a national network of School Games Organisers who collaborate with their schools and Active Partnerships to create meaningful opportunities.


The School Games started in 2006 as a single annual multi-sport competition - what is today known as the School Games National Finals. In 2010, the School Games was expanded to include more localised competitions, from major county level events to smaller competitions within the same school.

How it works

The School Games creates opportunities and experiences that young people will enjoy. The combined national network of over 450 School Games Organisers and more than 40 Active Partnerships work together locally to deliver targeted opportunities for young people from over 40 different sports and activities. The Youth Sport Trust, as the development agency supporting the network, works with a range of partners including 44 National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), who drive content around their school sport offers, alongside other partners such as eight National Disability Sport Organisations who check and challenge inclusive practice and the Active Partnership Network who help ensure that interventions are intelligence led.
Why should you get involved?

The School Games supports the wider development of young people and we want schools to position this as a key component of their offer.
  • Physical Development: Being active for at least 60 minutes a day supports young people to have immediate and long-term health benefits.
  • Personal Development: The School Games has a positive impact on young people's personal development, such as developing their leadership skills and resilience.
  • Emotional Development: The School Games improves young people's self-esteem, reduces stress, supports their mental wellbeing and builds their resilience.
  • Social Development: The School Games provides a sense of belonging, enabling young people to develop their teamwork, communication, empathy and respect for others.
Instilling the School Games values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork supports schools to achieve their broader whole school objectives.

How to Get Involved

The School Games removes barriers and improves access for those young people facing inequalities and in greatest need. These offers are coordinated on a geographical basis through the local School Games Organiser and supported across the county by the Active Partnership. To register your school visit the School Games website.