About the School Games

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What is the School Games?

The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people.

A network of School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust in delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games’ inception in 2010 – ranging from intra – inter school activity, in addition to the National Finals, which is supported by National Governing Bodies.

This network currently services in excess of 16,000 registered schools who compete across School Games’ competitions.


The Commonwealth Games are coming to Birmingham in the summer of 2022!

We are going to be celebrating this in Cornwall by working with secondary schools on some young leader Changemaker training, designing a baton for a Cornish baton relay and helping raise awareness of the CWG by sharing resources for teachers to help their pupils learn more about the Games and get inspired to try out a new sport or get active.

There are some resources for all schools to access to spread the excitement about the CWG coming to England this summer. You will find information about the National Virtual Challenge and how you could be in with a chance of winning some prizes each month! 


Bring the Power Information

Sign up below, to explore the flexible, cross-curricular resources which are packed full of lesson ideas, whole school activities, presentations, and films.

These resources are designed to be used within the curriculum and/or part of home learning to increase pupils’ understanding of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games through cross-curricular activities. Resources are split into three themes, with additional items released as we journey towards the Games.

How It Works

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 School Games?

  • Intra-School Competition
  • Local Inter-School Competition
  • County Final
  • School Games National Finals

An intra-school competition is a sporting activity taking place between pupils who attend the same school. For example, this can be in the form of an inter-class or house activity. These competitions should culminate in an annual School Games Day, or Sports Day, to celebrate a school’s sporting success.

A local inter-school competition is a sporting 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 for county finals or can be run as developmental competitions or festival events to meet the needs of a local area.

A county final is a showcase event held either as the culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions or as open entry events, with invitations made by the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

The CSG, which were piloted in 2011 in Cornwall, saw more 1,000 students from 32 schools compete in a number of sporting events, the CSG now takes place in all counties across the country.

The CSG continues to grow each year here in Cornwall with approximately 20,000 Cornish primary and secondary students from 200 Cornish schools being part of the Cornwall School Games each year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Registered schools can apply annually through a short application form which will be marked by their local School Games Organiser (SGO). Their application will be graded as either bronze, silver, or gold. Those schools which consistently achieve the gold award will also be offered the opportunity to upgrade this to platinum.

Active Cornwall have linked the values to our primary & secondary Whirlwind Sport Cornwall School Games Value Awards. Teams are asked to nominate another team that they have competed against based on their demonstration of the School Games Values. Points towards the Values awards will be given to the team(s) with the most votes from their peers.

We encourage all participants, leaders, team managers and spectators to adopt and demonstrate the ‘Spirit of the Games’ at all our events.