Inspiring Young People through the School Games

The School Games inspires children and young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition.

The School Games provide a fun and enjoyable way of engaging young people through school sport and physical activity, whilst also creating opportunities and positive experiences which can support their wider development. Young people can take part as a competitor, young leader, official or as part of a media team, focusing on blogging and promoting sport and physical activity.

Above is a short School Games video which explains more and below you can find further information.

More About the School Games

The School Games:

  • Listens to young people to understand their motivations and create opportunities that meet their needs; whether that is creating friendships, building confidence or learning new skills.
  • Removes barriers and improves access for those young people facing inequalities and in greatest need.
  • Inspires young people to be active for life by providing a pathway to community groups and organisations.
  • Encourages young people to achieve their personal best.

How the School Games Impacts Children and Young People’s Lives:

  • Physical Development – being active for at least 60 minutes a day supports young people to have immediate and long-term health benefits.
  • Personal Development – the School Games has a positive impact on young peoples’ personal development, such as developing their leadership skills and resilience.
  • Emotional Development – the School Games improves young people’s self-esteem, reduces stress, supports their mental wellbeing and builds their resilience.
  • Social Development – The School Games provides a sense of belonging, enabling young people to develop their teamwork, communication, empathy and respect for others.
  • Instilling the School Games’ Values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination, and teamwork supports schools to achieve their broader whole school objectives.

National and Local Partnerships

Funded by Sport England National Lottery funding the School Games programme is delivered nationally by Youth Sport Trust and other partners, and locally by a network of School Games Organisers working alongside Active Partnerships such as Active Devon.

National Partners:

Local Delivery:

The School Games provides a national network of over 450 School Games Organisers and over 40 Active Partnerships who work together locally.

It delivers positive experiences for young people from over 40 different sports and activities. and equips schools and parents to support young people to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The School Games also provides opportunities both virtually and face-to-face to maximise the support offered to schools and young people.

For further information on the national programme, including the School Games Vision and Mission, please visit the School Games website here or take a look at the School Games Roadmap 2022-23.

The Devon School Games

Working in partnership with the Devon School Games Organisers we deliver the School Games in Devon.

To find out more about the Devon School Games events, plus how they positively impact the children and young people in Devon, head over to our Devon School Game page. You’ll also find useful resources along with an introduction to the Devon School Games Organisers, plus lots more!