What is the School Games?

The School Games comprises both intra and inter-school competitions as well as an annual National Finals event. Read on to find out more about how this works and how young people are given the opportunity to take part.

What is the mission?
Keeping competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

What is the vision?
By 2020 the School Games will be continuing to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people.

How does it work?
The School Games events consist of four unique types of competition: intra-school competitions, local inter-school competitions, county finals, and the School Games National Finals.

You can find out more about getting involved with these competitions by clicking here.

Who we are we?

The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, involves funded School Games Organisers (SGOs) at a local level and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) at a county level working alongside us to create an annual calendar of competition.

During the 2016/17 academic year, the School Games was able to offer 2.2 million participation opportunities for young people at local inter-school events.

Team delivering the School Games…

  • Schools – our schools are integral to the successful delivery of the School Games and there are currently more than 20,000 School Games registered schools taking part in intra and inter-school events every year.
  • School Games Organisers (SGOs) – there are more than 450 SGOs who work across the country to support schools in their local area. SGOs have several key roles: to coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club opportunities for all young people.
  • Local Organising Committees (LOCs) – LOCs are groups which will oversee school sport on a larger scale. Each LOC will deliver a minimum of two multi-sport county level events each year. These events will often comprise the most promising young athletes from the inter-school competitions run by SGOs.


Download the criteria for the Schools Games Mark

School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

How can I apply?
School Games registered schools are eligible to apply once a year during an application window, which traditionally takes place during the summer term, and are graded against set criteria. The School Games Mark is a retrospective award and all answers submitted should consider the current academic year, i.e. the current term and the two previous terms.

Applications are made via a short form available to all registered schools through their online dashboards. If you are already registered please click the ‘Log in’ button at the top of the page to get started. If you’re not registered or are unsure of whether your school has been involved previously, please use the school search on the right-hand side to locate your school on our website.

How is my award confirmed?
When an application is submitted to us it is graded automatically against that year’s criteria. This initially determines whether the application is likely to be at a bronze, silver, or gold level. The application is then either verified by that school’s local School Games Organiser (SGO) or is picked for a validation visit by an external auditor. The auditors randomly select a small cohort of schools each year to ensure that the information being provided is correct.
Those schools which consistently submit gold level applications will be given the opportunity to additionally apply for the platinum award, which is then valid for two years. A full set of guidance documents on the School Games Mark are available to all registered users via the resource library on their dashboard.

What are the key criteria?
Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics…

  • Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  • Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  • Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  • Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?

What do I get if I am successful?
All successful schools receive a Digital Celebration Pack. This contains the following:

  • School Games Mark logo – available in multiple formats for use on letterheads, school website etc.
  • Certificate – available for you to display proudly at your school
  • Celebratory GIF – which you can share on social media to further celebrate your success
  • Draft press release – which you can customise and share with the local media

Schools who receive either the gold or platinum awards will also receive a plaque to display at their school.