What are 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 21,000 registered schools who compete across School Games' competitions.
The School Games consists of four unique types of competition:
- Intra-School Competition (Level 1)
- Local Inter-School Competition (Level 2)
- County Final (Level 3)
- School Games National Finals
Read on to find out more about how this works and how young people are given the opportunity to take part.
What is the mission?
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 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.
What can the School Games do for us?
Click here to see a short video previewing what the School Games has to offer.
What makes an event School Games?
- School Games branding is present throughout the duration of the event
- Participation figures are maximised through the use of round robin or league formats
- The competitions at the event follow the National Governing Body formats and are age group appropriate
- There is a strong emphasis on inclusion at the event to ensure all young people are given the opportunity to take part
- Young people are offered additional opportunities to take part by leading, managing, or officiating
- Signposting to community opportunities
Encouraging participants to follow the six School Games values - determination, honesty, passion, respect, self belief, and teamwork
School Games Mark
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and
into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
Our school has won the Bronze Award so far and we will aim to go for the Silver in the near future.
Joydens Wood Junior School are part of the Dartford and Swanley Schools Sports Partnerships. In 2017/18 we entered qualifying heats for the School Games in Netball, Sporthall Athletics in Yr 3/4 and 5/6,
Tag Rugby, Trampolining and Tennis. Click here to see the full calendar of Kent events for 2019/20.
We have already competed in the qualifying heats for Sportshall Athletics in November 2018 and our Year 5/6 team will be representing Dartford in the Kent School Games finals on 5th February 2019.