General Information & School Games Organisers

What is the School Games?

National School Games Mission: Putting physical activity and competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

It consists of four unique types of competition:

  • Intra-School Competition - An activity taking place between pupils at the same school. For example, this can be in the form of a class 'v' class or house activity. These competitions could culminate in an annual School Games Day or Sports Day, to celebrate a schools sporting success.
  • Local Inter-School Competition - An 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 or can be run as development competitions or festival events to meet the needs of the School Games area.
  • School Games County Provision/Offer - A culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions or as open entry events.
  • School Games National Finals - The Biennial four-day multi-sport event.

Positive Experiences of Competition

The School Games aims to provide every child with a positive experience in an environment where the young person's motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition.

The toolkit is designed to support teachers of all children (primary, secondary, special and alternative provision settings) to carefully consider their part in reducing the risk of negative experiences in sports competitions. It will help with selecting, preparing and supporting more young people to have a positive experience of competition.


Your School Games Organisers

We are lucky to have such enthusiastic and hard-working School Games Organisers who plan and deliver a variety of School Games events throughout the year. They are also essential to providing Active Dorset with advice and support with the County School Games provision in Dorset.

Click on their personal school games page link below to find out more information about each School Games Organiser.

Please contact your local School Games Organiser (SGO) for information and guidance on the following:


Active Recovery

Help children and young people boost their health and wellbeing by promoting being active. Find free and inclusive ideas on how to keep children active over the summer holidays using the School Games Active Recovery Hub.

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