School Games

School Games is an exciting, fully inclusive competition for school children in England

The review considered the future priorities for the School Games and how to maximise impact upon the five strategic outcomes set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy and the aims of our new strategy, Towards an Active Nation.

Download our review of the School Games

We look forward to working with partners to put the review recommendations into practice. 

More about the School Games

Through the School Games we're inspiring young people across the country to take part in competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.

By providing competition in different formats it makes competition more attractive and accessible for young people and ensures they can all take part in competitive sport irrespective of their experience, talent or ability.

The four levels provide pathways for young people to progress and develop:

National Finals the most talented young people in the UK are selected to compete in high-performance venues.

County Finals  countywide competitions are usually held twice a year to find the best performers in the area as a culmination of school sport competition.

Inter-school competition  individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools against other local schools in competitions run by School Games organisers, with the winning teams progressing to a County Final event.

Intra-school competition sporting competition for all students held within their school, culminating in a School Games Day.

To date more than 19,000 schools have signed up to the School Games website, which will provide more than 150,000 young people with a competitive experience, with more than 11,000 young volunteers supporting these events.

National partners

School Games is being delivered through partnerships and the national partnership consists of:

  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who have overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health
  • Sport England, who is the Lottery distributor and is supporting the engagement of sports governing bodies and county sports partnerships, and is a key partner in shaping the strategic direction of the programme
  • The British Paralympic Association, who bring the vision and inspiration of the Paralympic Games to the School Games
  • The Youth Sport Trust, which is commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners. Sport England work closely with the Youth Sport Trust to deliver the School Games at all levels