Sainsbury’s School Games

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at a county/area level, at national level.


Intra-school (Level 1)  

Sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition. For many young people sporting competition is first experienced through intra-house teams, form groups or in PE lessons. This level of competition will build on a school’s existing work to offer pupils a year-round programme of regular intra-school competition in a number of sports that culminate in a School Games Day.

Inter-school (Level 2) 

individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions. Schools will have the flexibility to decide which sports to enter but are encouraged to involve as many pupils as possible by creating breadth in the sports they offer and depth through the creation of additional teams.

Inter-school competitions should follow the sport formats as designed by the National Governing Bodies of Sport.

Sainsbury’s School Games Festivals (Level 3)

Each county will host a multi-sport showcase event as a culmination of the year-round inter-school competition. Teams and individuals competing at inter-school level will win the opportunity to compete in this event. Pupils succeeding at this level will be encouraged to develop their enjoyment and talent in sport through existing National Governing Bodies' club and talent pathways.

Sainsbury’s School Games (Level 4)

This is a national multi-sport event, in which the country’s most talented athletes of school age compete if selected by a National Governing Body. This event will take place in high quality venues amongst a unique and vibrant atmosphere and supports athletes development; acting as a stepping stone to further national and international competition.

Please visit the School Games website https://www.yourschoolgames.com/