School Games

Through the national legacy programme of the School Games we aim to engage, inspire and motivate children and young people across Herefordshire & Worcestershire to take part in more competitive school sport, in the hope of making a meaningful difference to their lives and increasing their levels of participation in regular physical activity. The mission of the School Games is to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. The vision is to make a clear and meaningful difference in the lives of young people.

School Games consist of four types of competition formats; three of which are localised events, with the additional being the School Games National Finals. The three localised formats are as follows:

Intra-school Competition - Sports competition for all students within school. Whilst the emphasis is on competition, we encourage schools to include participation opportunities so that all young people have the option to take part in school sport.

Inter-school Competition - Local cluster inter-school competitions. Level 2 is organised and delivered by each School Games Organiser within their districts. Individuals and teams compete against other schools at a district level in order to qualify for level 3.

County Games Competition - Organised by Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire, young people aged primary, secondary, independent and special schools - both disabled and non-disabled - have the opportunity to compete in both large scale multi-sport events and new participation events.

Reframing Competition

With the vision of the School Games to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people, it is important to consider alternative ways in which we can deliver competitions to maximise the engagement of young people. Although traditional competition formats offer inclusive, accessible and fun opportunities, depending on design and perceived experiences by those taking part, competitions can be viewed as both a positive and a negative.

Following Youth Sport Trust commissioned research in 2018 into the design and delivery of competitive youth sport both domestically and globally, an interactive resource has been developed offering alternative ways to deliver competition, engaging with more young people based around the following 8 themes:

  • Widening the competition environment to develop character and life skills
  • Adapting the scoring to develop different sport skills
  • Adding fun elements to engaging new audiences
  • Widening the competition environment to develop health
  • Adapting the format to increase motivation
  • Considering age and maturity levels to support fair competition and foster social connections
  • Using technology to develop physical skills
  • Adapting the competition environment to support individual development in sport

More information on reframing competition and the interactive resource can be found at

2019-20 School Games Calendar


Winter School Games - 5th February 2020

Spring School Games - 31st March 2020 - POSTPONED

Summer School Games - 1st July 2020


Winter - 30th March 2020 - CANCELLED

Summer - 30th June 2020

Click here to find out more about the recent School Games Review.


There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available at School Games in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. If you would like to support more young people being active and enjoying sport, please get in touch or visit:

Sarah Milward

Sarah Milward

Project Officer (Children & Young People)

  • School Games Operations
  • Active Lives Survey (CYP) Lead
  • Campaign support
  • Sports equipment
  • Satellite Clubs
01905 542035
07766 611946