Department for Culture Media and Sport

young people's sport

The Government is committed to driving a long-term Olympic legacy of more children doing competitive sport through the introduction of a new school sport competition.

Swimming Gala 2008

In June 2010, Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt announced plans for a school sports competition.

The School Games is a package of events designed around supporting schools to provide more opportunities for their pupils to compete in sport through a vibrant programme of regular intra- and inter-school competitions. These competitions will lead to the best performing school teams featuring at county or city level Festivals of Sport, with the most talented young sports people having the chance to represent their schools in a high-profile national event – the first of which will be held in and around the Olympic park in 2012.

The School Games is bringing together a number of partners who are all contributing to make it a success. Sport England is working with DCMS, the Department for Education, the Department of Health, the British Paralympic Association and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to deliver the School Games. For further information, including links to the consultation report on proposals for the competition and details of the pilots, please refer to Sport England’s and YST’s websites.

DCMS also invests, via Sport England, into sports’ National Governing Bodies to establish and develop links between school and community clubs and increase the number of young leaders and volunteers, and the Youth Sport Trust to build capacity in schools - set against the context of increasing competitive sporting opportunities.