The School Games is a national Youth Sport Trust programme that inspires young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition. It consists of four unique types of competition: intra-school competitions, local inter-school competitions, county provision/offer, and the School Games National Finals.

Vision: The School Games will continue to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people.

Mission: Putting physical activity and competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

The School Games supports children and young people by;

  • Encouraging all young people to achieve their personal best, supporting the wider development of young people. Also by instilling the School Games Values of passion, self-belief, honesty, Determination, Respect and Teamwork it supports schools to achieve their broader whole school objectives.
  • Inspiring all young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily physical activity and competition.
  • Creating opportunities linked to sport, competition and physical activity that all young people will enjoy.
  • Supporting the wider development of all young people, helping to remove barriers to participation through targeted interventions that seek to improve access for those with the greatest need.

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Greater Manchester School Games Network

The Greater Manchester (GM) School Games Network consists of 22 School Games Organisers (SGOs) that represent all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and is supported by GreaterSport. Collectively the network aims to inspire children & young people to have the confidence, competence and knowledge to reach their potential to live a healthy and physically active life.

The Network works collaboratively to create an offer across the county that meets the needs of the young people who need it the most. Local opportunities, at the intra and inter levels of competition of the national program are delivered by the SGOs.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester School Games Network and access the variety of resources and support freely available to schools here.

The Network is committed to ensuring that all young people in GM are given the opportunity to experience the School Games in a way that suits them. More importantly, it aims to inspire them through positive experiences so they stay active beyond their school sporting experiences.

GM School Games Network

In order to do this the county programme in the 2021-2022 academic year will be built around 4 main outcomes:

  • Create positive experiences to ensure physical activity and competition reflects the motivation, competence and confidence of young people: ensuring it has clear intent with a focus on those young people with greatest need.
  • Have a clear focus on secondary schools and in particular transition points (Yr.3 and Yr.7/8)
  • Work to engage young people in Alternative Provision settings to engage them in the School Games programme.
  • Work with young people in Special Educational Settings to engage them in the School Games programme.

These outcomes have been identified through national directive and insight, combined with local intelligence, which indicates that these young people may have had less opportunity to experience the School Games, or positive school sport, before.

We are currently developing a plan for how schools in Greater Manchester can access these opportunities which will be shared in autumn 2021.

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Greater Manchester School Games changes to support more young people to get moving

By GreaterSport | 27 September 2021

In the academic year 2021-2022 the Greater Manchester School Games will work differently to how it has over the last 10 years.

Greater Manchester School Games Board created

By GreaterSport | 22 January 2021

The Greater Manchester School Games brings together a new board to support the ongoing development of the School Games in Greater Manchester.

GM School Games Programme adapts to Keep GM’s Children Moving with virtual competitions

By GreaterSport | 11 November 2020

Greater Manchester's School Games Organisers have collaborated to offer a range of virtual competitions for both primary and secondary schools