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The School Games Programme


Hertfordshire School Games Primary Handbook - click here

Hertfordshire School Games Secondary Handbook - click here
The School Games programme is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The School Games will give every primary, secondary, independent and special school, and every pupil from years 3-13, the opportunity to get involved, and over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.

The National Partners are:

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education (DofE) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Sport England, who are in charge of distributing Lottery funding and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships.

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


At a local level, the School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. There are almost 50 Local Organising Committees (LOCs) which are chaired by Head Teachers and these oversee the county festivals. 

What sports are involved?
There are more than 30 sports for schools to choose from and decide which are best for them to compete in on a local and regional level, with more sports and competition formats added as time goes on.

Opportunities for young disabled people to take part in the School Games At all levels of the School Games there will be increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. Sports National Governing Bodies have also created new, innovative sports that are inclusive for all young people. Specific formats in these sports have been developed with a number designed to allow disabled young people to compete alongside and against able-bodied and disabled peers.

The School Games Mark

The School Games Mark was launched in June 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community via club links. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. To gain any level of the Mark, all schools are required to meet a set criteria.
The Mark is a retrospective award which will validate your success over the ongoing academic year.

Spirit of the Games Values

The Spirit of the Games Values were developed by young people to identify what the experience of school sport should be built around, and focus on personal excellence through competition.
These values have been successfully applied by schools to developing a range of behaviours, qualities and inter-personal skills with their students based on sporting experiences, scenarios and attitudes. 
The six values are as follows...

With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.

Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other's success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.

Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.

Self belief
You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.

Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.

Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back