The School Games and your child
School sport has come a long way over the last 15 years. As well as a comprehensive range of traditional sports, a host of new and exciting sports are being included in the competitive programmes being developed by schools. Inspired by the future decade of sport across the UK, National Governing Bodies of Sport, health organisations and County Sports Partnerships are working more closely than ever to involve as many young people in sport and physical activity as possible. Never before have there been so many reasons or opportunities to be involved in school sport!
The world is a competitive place with challenges and pressures on all our lives to stand out from the crowd or to be successful. What better place to learn then the lessons of what it takes to be your best, to be creative and to accept winning and deal with losing than school sport? The School Games is all about the pursuit of personal excellence and being the best you can be. To help with this, there are a set of values developed by young people called the Spirit of the Games.
In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus is to give more young people responsibility for the sports that are run and in the officiating and organisation of the programme offered. Whether it is as a performer or player, a reporter or a referee, the School Games provide an excellent opportunity for all young people to take on a role and make a positive and active contribution to their school. Whether as an athlete, leader, official or coach the School Games hopes to engage everyone - whether they see themselves as 'sporty' or not.
Health and wellbeing
Whilst we can offer more competitive sport opportunities to a greater number of young people, there are often more difficult to reach groups that are not interested in participating in traditional sports or activities. The Change4Life sports clubs programme supports young people to explore different types of activities and to engage with the School Games through an alternative route. There is something for everyone with a focus on inclusion rather than elitism.
The School Games can provide additional opportunities for schools to work in partnerships with other schools, organisations and businesses as well as within and across communities to promote learning and well-being. They can also be an opportunity for parents and carers to support school sport. Why not contact your child’s school to see how you can help.
More information about the School Games Mark can be found at www.yourschoolgames.org