Competition Levels

What is the School Games?

The 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 School Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county or national level: 

Intra-school (Level 1)

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 (or Sports Day).

Inter-school (Level 2)

Inter-school competition is for years 3 to 13. At this stage individuals and teams will be selected to represent their school at inter-school competitions, many of which will be leagues. 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 (NGBs) of Sport. For more information on the NGBs who work in partnership with the School Games please click here

School Games Festival (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.

The School Games Festival is planned and managed through a Local Organising Committee (LOC) in every county chaired by a Head Teacher and supported by the County Sports Partnership (CSP).

National Finals (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 takes place annually 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.

For full details on the 2016 event, visit

Sport Formats

The National Governing Bodies of Sport are constantly improving their sport formats for intra and inter-school competition to encourage all young people to participate, including those with disabilities.


What's On?

Find out what events are going on in your area across Levels 1-3 of the School Games. Filter the list by region, sport or school type to find a specific event happening near you.


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