A guide to the School Games in the Humber
Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:44
In my role I am constantly asked about the School Games, what it is, how it came about, and 'how can my kids/school get involved?', so for this month's blog we will break it all down to hopefully make it clear about Active Humber's work in this area of competitive sport for young people...
What is the School Games?
The School Games Programme in its current format was launched in 2012 as a legacy to the London Olympics. It is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust via 43 County Sports Partnerships across the UK. It is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people and is free of charge* to all schools.
How are the competitions structured?
Active Humber covers 4 local Authority Areas (being Hull, East Riding, North Lincs and North East Lincs) which each host their own inter-school Level 2 competition across their Primary and Secondaries, in 17 sports over the academic year.
The winners of these inter-school competitions then qualify for the Level 3 County Round in 36 competitions, which will see the winners crowned as County Champions. The Level 3 competitions are hosted and organised by Active Humber.
The level 3 events are held at various locations across the Humber Area throughout the year and culminate in a large summer event held in July every year at Hymers College in Hull where 1200 students come together to compete in 7 sports.
There are 7 funded School Games Organisers across the Humber, who organise all the Level 2 competitions, and play a key role as the School Sport 'network' on the ground, communicating to all the schools in their area and also assisting the Level 3 events working closely with Active Humber.
Who can take part?
The School Games in general is open to all schools and is often a springboard for young competitors to engage at further levels, with a Level 4 national School Games finals also held annually.
The Level 2 events are run across 380 schools in the Humber, and involve over 5000 athletes from age 8-18, this includes a variety of direct entry inclusive events open to both special and mainstream schools.
What sports are involved?
The sports we currently choose to have in the programme for 18/19 are: Table Tennis, Badminton, Dodgeball, Year 7 Netball, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders, Softball, Orienteering, High 5 Netball and Golf for mainstream schools and Boccia, New Age Kurling, Kwik Cricket, Table Cricket, Golf, Athletics and Cricket as fully inclusive Sports.
We also host a Change 4 Life Festival in the summer celebrating the work taken place in our Change 4 Life clubs engaging 240 children from 16 primary schools across the area.
Our core School Games events are complemented by two large direct entry Primary events being the Go Run For Fun and the Brownlee Triathlon which have each seen 1200 students from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 take part in a free event encouraging them to take part in physical activity and most importantly try something new and have some fun!
What other benefits are there for young people?
We also facilitate a Young Leaders Programme which augments alongside the Games to enhance the opportunities available to young people, and enables students to train, contribute and officiate at the events teaching them core skills in order to prepare them to go on to work at a higher level.
So overall I hope that gives a clear picture of what the School Games is about. This work forms an important part of our wider Children and Young People's offer, and we hope starts to encourage participants to compete, and importantly enjoy sport and take that through to teenage years and being active throughout their lives. #SchoolGames
For any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Jo McDonald - Development Manager
*a small charge may be made for facility hire at L2 for schools not affiliated to their local Sports Partnership