School Games Programme

The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The School Games is a programme designated to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to participate and compete and achieve their personal best. Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The School Games will give every primary, secondary, independent and special school, and every pupil from years 3-13 the opportunity to get involved and over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.


The Stevenage Sporting Futures Team continue to commit to deliver the School Games programme.


The National Partners are:

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education (DofE) and the Department of Health (DOH). Sport England, who are in charge of distributing Lottery funding and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships. Youth Sport Trust, who are the landscape lead organisation for school sport. They have been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners.


At all levels of the School Games there will be increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. Sports National Governing Bodies have also created new, innovative sports that are inclusive for all young people. Specific formats in these sports have been developed with a number designed to allow disabled young people to compete alongside and against able-bodied and disabled peers.


School Games in Stevenage


School Games Stevenage Leaflet

Our vision: The School Games will continue to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people.

Our 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.

Hertfordshire School Games Organisers have created 3 tiers of participation which Stevenage offers across Primary and Secondary Schools. The 3 Tiers are:

INSPIRE AND ENGAGE events are designed to increase participation and fun with a focus on trying new activities and skills. ASPIRE AND DEVELOP events are designed to learn and develop new skills through participation in festivals, friendly competitions, and personal challenges. COMPETE events are competitions for the engaged and active students to include pathway events to county finals and beyond with opportunities to link with local community clubs.


Students, staff and spectators are kindly asked to follow our SSFT Code of Conduct during each event they attend.


The School Games Mark


The School Games Mark was launched in June 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community via club links. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. To gain any level of the Mark, all schools are required to meet a set criteria.

The Mark is a retrospective award which will validate your success over the ongoing academic year. More information can be accessed by clicking here.


Spirit of the Games Values


The Spirit of the Games Values were developed by young people to identify what the experience of school sport should be built around, and focus on personal excellence through competition.

These values have been successfully applied by schools to developing a range of behaviours, qualities and inter-personal skills with their students based on sporting experiences, scenarios and attitudes.


Honesty Teamwork Respect Self-Belief Passion Determination Eco Friendly
Be honest with others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation. Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life. Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you. You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best. Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity. Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back! Chosen by young people within the network and in partnership with Planet Earth Games, this new School Games value encourages us to think more about the everyday choices we can all make to help the planet.