The School Games is a government initiative to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport and provide them with the opportunity to achieve their personal best. Hurstmere School host the Bexley School Games Organiser, Miss Allsop who works with all Primary and Secondary Schools within Bexley to drive participation in the School Games, develop competitive opportunities, increase participation in sports clubs and develop a workforce to support participation in the programme.
The School Games provides schools with the opportunity to compete in:
Digital Competition - encouraging young people to participate in sport and achieve their personal best by using digital platforms to engage in activities on their own terms.
Intra School Competition - opportunities within their own school for young people to compete against themselves, their own class or year group.
Inter School Competition - opportunities for young people to represent their school either against one or more other schools at an event, festival, development or pathway competition.
County Final - winners of pathway competitions go on to represent the borough at the School Games London Finals.
The world is a competitive place with challenges and pressures on all our lives to stand out from the crowd or to be successful. What better place to learn the lessons of what it takes to be your best, to be creative and to accept winning and deal with losing than school sport? To help with this, there are a set of values developed by young people called the Spirit of the Games. The values are self-belief, honesty, teamwork, respect, determination and passion.
In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus is to give more young people responsibility within sport. Whether it is as a player, reporter or official, the School Games provide an excellent opportunity for all young people to make a positive and active contribution to their school. Sports Leadership plays a vital role within the School Games and Hurstmere Sports Leaders are trained to support the running of a number of the Primary and Secondary School Games competitions and festivals, this not only provides a workforce for borough competitions but provides our boys with important life and employment skills.
Whilst we can offer more competitive sport opportunities to a greater number of young people, there are often more difficult to reach groups that are not interested in participating in traditional sports or activities. Through Inclusive sports to the Change4Life sports clubs programme there are opportunities for all young people to explore different types of activities and to engage with the School Games through alternative routes.
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