The Sporting Future strategy committed the Government and Sport England, along with the Youth Sport Trust, to reviewing the School Games. The School Games, which were set up in 2011, is a national programme that aims to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive sport.
Sport England established a task and finish group which comprised of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department of Health, Department for Education, Sport England, the British Paralympic Association and the Youth Sport Trust (the current delivery partner). The review included a desk-top review, stakeholder consultation and the formation of recommendations.
Overall the review concluded that ‘the School Games is well placed to make a strong contribution to delivering the five strategic outcomes set by Sporting Future and the ambitions of Sport England’s new strategy, Towards an Active Nation’. The summary sets out 17 recommendations covering a range of strategic and delivery issues. These ‘seek to maximise the value and impact of the School Games’ and include:
- Refreshing the formats, guidance and training support across all levels
- Strengthening volunteering opportunities across all levels
- Increasing the number and diversity of children participating
- Establishing high-level key performance indicators for School Games Organisers (SGOs)
- Issuing guidance to SGOs on how they should separate and promote the free School Games offer from any charged for services.
- Home Nations Sports Councils contributing an appropriate level of funding to the Level 4 finals event.
Read the full summary report here.