Spring School Games new format announced
Posted: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:04
The School Games is a programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.
The School Games is a key Government priority for realising a meaningful sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is supported by three Government Departments - Department for Education, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department of Health - with funding from Sport England, through the National Lottery. The School Games underline this Government's commitment to providing a new approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and enthuse all young people.
A network of School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust in delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games' inception in 2010 - ranging from intra - inter school activity, in addition to the National Finals, which is supported by National Governing Bodies.
An intra-school competition is a sporting activity taking place between pupils who attend the same school. For example, this can be in the form of an inter-class or house activity. These competitions should culminate in an annual School Games Day, or Sports Day, to celebrate a school's sporting success.
A local inter-school competition is a sporting activity taking place between schools from the same area - either as a one-off fixture or as part of a league. These competitions may act as qualifiers for county finals or can be run as developmental competitions or festival events to meet the needs of a local area.
A county final is a showcase event held either as the culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions or as open entry events. This is known as the level 3 events. The Somerset School Games County Level 3 Games are split into 3 events, Spring, Summer and Winter.
The Spring Games, held at Millfield School in Street will be held on 3rd and 4th April 2019. This year will see a change in delivery with the newly re-born Sports Festival (formerly called open competitions).
Somerset School Games is aiming to achieve more and different young people taking part in the county final events. We are therefore encouraging schools to enter teams of children who haven't already taken part in a level 3 school games final.
The purpose of the open entry sports festivals is to give more young people an opportunity to take part, playing against other schools in the county at new or developing sports.
Wednesday 3rd April - Finals for Secondary Netball and Sports Festival and Dance Competition for Primary Schools
Thursday 4th April - Finals for Primary Netball and the re-arranged Secondary Sportshall Athletics Finals and Sports Festival for Secondary Schools
Bookings now being taken for the Spring Games Sports Festivals.