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About The Games

The School Games is a key Government priority for ‘realising a meaningful sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games’. With support from three Government Departments (Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Department of Health and the Department for Education) and funding from Sport England through the National Lottery, the School Games is a new approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and enthuse all young people.

 

A year-round sporting calendar is created in each sub-region that is specifically designed to get young people competing at intra-school and inter-school levels, culminating in local, regional and national events. This is supported by the network of School Games Organisers (3-day funded posts to support the delivery of School Games) and the Teacher Release posts (Teachers released from teaching for one day a week in all secondary schools, special schools with secondary aged pupils, middle deemed secondaries and PRUs {Pupil Referral Units} to support delivery of the School Games in their feeder primary schools).

 

The School Games is a celebration of competitive sport for pupils that provides opportunities for all young people regardless of their experience, talent or ability, and is split into four distinct but integrated levels.

 

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Level Three – The National Picture

 

Lottery Funding to run the Level Three Festival is provided by Sport England. There is a Level Three event in each county / sub-region, and these will be managed by a Local Organising Committee (LOC) consisting as a minimum of:

  • state and independent schools (at Headteacher level, including a Headteacher as Chair)
  • the County Sport Partnership (Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in our area)
  • local government
  • young people
  • NGB and other local sports providers
  • local disability sport

 


Level Three – The Local Picture

 

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Organising Committee were established and have met regularly since September 2011. In Year One (2011-12) the LOC has decided to run one ‘main’ multi-sport Level 3 event, but also to support several single-sport satellite events at other times during the year.

 

In Year One the main event took place on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 at Keele University with local High Schools also being used as competition venues. School Games level 3 County satellite events also took place in various sports and at various venues prior to the level 3 festival. The satellite county events were those that cannot be moved to be part of the main event due to the winners qualifying for regional / national competition rounds with fixed dates.

 

In Year One, across satellite events and the level three festival, 53 different sports competitions took place involving 15 different sports, 5 of which were disability events. The level three events involved 98 primary schools, 5 of which were independent, 92 secondary schools and 11 special schools totalling 2211 participants from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. In addition to the participants, 212 young volunteers (more than 50% of the workforce) were trained and deployed at the events taking on roles such as officiating, scoring, event management, sports reporting, photography and social media.

 

Satellite events benefited from being part of Level Three of the School Games via increased publicity within schools and local media, School Games branding at the event, young volunteers and where appropriate, School Games certificates, medals etc. for participants.

 

For more information contact your School Games Organiser or

Camilla Denham-White, Level 3 School Games Coordinator, Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent,

T: 01785 619694

E: cdenham@staffordbc.gov.uk

 

For national information about the School Games across England, visit www.yourschoolgames.com