Competition and School Games
Competition is an integral element of the Melton and Belvoir School Sport and Physical Activity Network and we strive to ensure that there are opportunities for all young people to enjoy and compete in a range of competitive sports, with clear pathways to county events and beyond.
The School Games is the national approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive sport. Delivered locally by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport and School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPAN). The School Games provides a year-round calendar of competition for all students across the county, involving young people aged 7-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds.
The Games are made up of three levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level:
• Intra-school (Level 1) - sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
• Inter-school (Level 2) - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions
• School Games Festivals (Level 3) – the county/area will stage multi-sport School Games Festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition
The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters. Nationally and locally the School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of:
- The 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, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships
- The Youth Sport Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, which has been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners.
Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games. This includes: up to £35.5m Lottery funding from Sport England between 2010-15; £28.4m exchequer funding from the Department of Health and Sport England to fund 450 School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Change4Life Clubs.
At a local level, the School Games will be delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees (LOCs) are being set up, chaired by Head Teachers, to oversee the county festivals. County sports partnerships have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.
The Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games won the National Award for the management and delivery of an exceptionally high quality 2012/13 Sainbury's School Games programme!