The School Games is an exciting four level – Intra-school, Inter School, County Festivals and National Finals – competition for school children in England. 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 children & young people.

Nationally and locally the School Games will be delivered through partnerships, most of which are made up of the existing School Sports Partnerships. The national delivery partnership is made up of:

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport who have the overall policy leadership supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health;

Sport England, who are the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships;

The British Paralympic Association bring the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics;

The Youth Sports Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, have been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and local partners.


In February 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron committed an additional £750 million to the Primary School Sport Premium between now and the 2020 Olympics to help secure the legacy from London 2012. This will also support the School Games.

Resources & Organisation

The role of the 450 School Games Organisers, the majority of which are employed by existing sports colleges, is to establish the School Games in their areas (at a local level), supporting as many schools as possible to set up intra and inter-school competitions and link schools to clubs.

At a local level the School Games are often delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. These partnerships will be set up and managed in different ways, allowing the locality to have ownership of what it delivers and to oversee the county festivals. One of the local partners, county sports partnerships (CSP’s) have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.

The competition aims to further revive the culture of competitive sport in schools. Every school in England, and subject to the agreement of the Devolved Administrations schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be given the opportunity to get involved, potentially giving every school child the chance to take part.

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This information has been provided by Sport England, Youth Sports Trust and the Department for Education