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The School Games

What is the school games?

The school games is a legacy programme from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, and sits at the core of the governments investment in school sport. It is made up of four levels of competition: intra-school, inter-school, county and national finals.

School games mission:

Keeping competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

School games 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.

School games – Principles of competition

  1. The young person’s motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition
  2. The focus is on the process rather than the outcome (on the learning and values development of the young person rather than the results)
  3. Volunteers, leaders and officials are appropriately trained and display behaviours reflective of the nature of the competition
  4. The environment is safe and creates opportunities to learn and maximise social development
  5. The facility and the environment that is created for the competition reflects the motivations, competence and confidence of the young people and format of the competition

School Games Competition 19/20


  • Basketball (U14F, U16F, U14M, U16M)
  • Handball (U13F, U15F, U13M, U15M)
  • Sportshall Athletics (Y7F, Y7M, Y8F, Y8M)
  • Dance (KS3, KS4)
  • Volleyball (U15F, U15M)
  • Rugby Union (U13F, U15F)
  • Netball (Y7F)
  • Hockey (Y7F, Y7M)


  • Sportshall Athletics (Y56)
  • Boccia (Y56)
  • Rugby Union Megafest (Y56)
  • Football (Y56F)
  • New Age Kurling (Y34)
  • Badminton Racket Pack (Y56)
  • Netball Hi5 (Y56)
  • Tag Rugby (Y56)
  • Hockey Quicksticks (Y56)
  • Sitting Volleyball (Y56)
  • Mini Tennis Red (Y34)
  • Mini Tennis Orange (Y56)
  • Cricket Best (Y56)
  • Girls Cricket (Y56F)
  • Key Steps Gymnastics 2 (Y34)
  • Key Steps Gymnastics 3 (Y56)
  • Tri-Golf (Y34)
  • Mini Basketball (Y56)
  • Quadkids Athletics (Y56)
  • NFL Flag Football (Y56)

Competition Calendar 19/20

As well as delivering the school games contract for Southwark we run our own PESSN competitions and events. All our competitions and events are delivered to a high standard, making sure that all children attending have fun. We focus on the process rather than the outcome, making sure that all children have a certificate for taking part and further certificates for values such as respect and teamwork are given out to schools. We offer a range of sports, activity days, competitive and non-competitive to make our competition calendar inclusive for all.

Our aim is to increase school sport and physical activity participation in the borough every year.

Secondary Competitions 19/20:

  • Football (U12F, U13F, U14F, U12M, U13M)
  • Trampolining (U14, U16)
  • Table Tennis (U14)
  • Kwik Cricket (U12)
  • Swimming (U13)
  • Netball (U13)
  • SEND sailing
  • SEND festival of sport

Primary Competitions & Events 19/20:

  • KS2 Cross Country
  • Orienteering
  • Football (Y56, Y3, Y4)
  • Women in Sport Week (Girls football, Girls tag rugby)
  • KS1 multiskills
  • Yr 3 multiskills
  • KS2 Challenge Day
  • Yr 5 Futsal
  • Ice Skating
  • Sportshall Athletics (Y34, Y2)
  • Skills festival (Netball, Tennis)
  • KS1 gymnastics
  • Yr 4 Benchball
  • KS1 festival of sport
  • Kwik Cricket (Y34, Y5)
  • Dance Festival
  • Yr 5/6 Rounders
  • Outdoor Athletics (Y34, Y56)
  • Quadkids Athletics (Y34)
  • Swimming (Y5, Y6)
  • Yr 2 Scatterball
  • SEND Sailing
  • SEND Festival of sport
  • Bowling

In addition to the School Games competitions and PESSN competitions the Network also facilitates sport specific leagues in football, basketball, tag rugby, cricket & netball. These are split across the borough to ensure good geographical access for all participant schools and have remained hugely popular!

Get in touch

0207 237 1928 Ext: 4086