Inspiring millions of young people across the country to take part in school sport
What are the School Games?
The School Games Programme was launched in 2012 as a legacy to the London Olympics. It is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust via 43 Active Partnerships across the UK. It is a government led programme designed to deliver school sport to all young people and is free of charge* to all schools.
How are the events structured?
The School games structure has changed over the last 12 months to combine not only the most elite of our young athletes but to encourage and incorporate fully inclusive & mass-participation events and also include more levels, seeded by ability, to allow more students to have the opportunity to compete in Humber Finals.
Participants represent our 4 local Authority Areas within the Humber (being Hull, East Riding, North Lincs and North East Lincs), some events for which they will compete locally to qualify and others being direct entry.
Unfortunately the events calendar for academic year 2020/21 has been cut short due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic however had all the meets taken place, we would have boasted over 8300 students taking part in 30 different sports on 15 separate dates culminating in our flagship Summer Multi Sport Festival held at Hymers College in July.
There are 7 funded School Games Organisers across the Humber, who organise all the more local competitions, and play a key role as the School Sport 'network' on the ground, communicating to all the schools in their area and also collaborating with, and assisting at Active Humber Events.
Who can take part?
The School Games in general is open to all schools and is often a springboard for young competitors to engage at further levels. The programme is ran across 380 schools and colleges in the Humber.
What sports are involved?
The sports we currently choose to have in the programme for 20/21 are: Gymnastics, Badminton, Dodgeball, Netball, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders, Softball, Orienteering and Golf for mainstream schools and Boccia, New Age Kurling, Kwik Cricket, Table Cricket, Swimming, Golf, Football, Panathlon, Athletics and Cricket as fully inclusive Sports, incorporating activity for children with Special Educational Needs.
We also host a Change 4 Life Festival in the summer celebrating the work taken place in our Change 4 Life clubs engaging 240 children from 16 primary schools across the area. This compliments our new Carousel for secondary girls who find it harder to engage in sport. They can try out Boxercise, Ultimate Frisbee, Glowercise and Archery.
Two new events for 2020 have been “Get Glowing” and our Paralympic Festival of Sport – ran in conjunction with our Youth Sport Trust Inclusion School – St Mary’s College in Hull.
Our core School Games events are complemented by two large direct entry Primary events being the Go Run For Fun and the Brownlee Triathlon together are host to 4800 primary school students 2 take part in a free event encouraging them to take part in physical activity and most importantly try something new and have some fun!
What other benefits are there for young people?
We also facilitate a Young Leaders Programme which augments alongside the Games to enhance the opportunities available to young people, and enables students to train, contribute and officiate at the events teaching them core skills in order to prepare them to go on to work at a higher level.
IN 2020, partnering with the YST Lead Inclusion School, we would have hosted two “Step into Sport “ camps for Young Leaders to learn how to engage younger children in activity.
So overall we hope that gives a clear picture of what the School Games is about. This work forms an important part of our wider Children and Young People's offer, and we hope starts to encourage participants to compete, and importantly enjoy sport and take that through to teenage years and being active throughout their lives. #SchoolGames.
Active Humber would like to thank everyone that makes the Humber School Games - from the facilities that have hosted through to parents, athletes and schools that took part, as well as our professional delivery staff for their knowledge and experience. A specific thank you needs to go to all of the young leaders who take time out of their diaries to officiate and help run the various events that took place. All the young leaders do an outstanding job in their roles in what can be very pressured environments.
*School Games is a funded programme free to all however where facility hire is required to host, a small discretionary charge may be made by the provider to cover this cost.
Last year saw 45 separate events take place and over 6228 young people competed in a variety of sports
2018/19 Round Up
The 2019/20 Academic year saw the 8th year of the Humber School Games in its current format. The Humber School Games has been a huge success and we thank everyone for playing their part. Last year saw 45 separate events take place and over 6228 young people competed in a variety of sports, with a further 250 volunteering their time to make the events run. Competitions have been held across the Humber sub-region and primary, secondary and special schools from all 4 areas have been involved.
The competitions climaxed with our multi sports event at Hymers College on Friday 12th July. Last year the venue provided superb facilities to host the 8 sports taking place and also the opening and closing ceremonies. Once again great efforts were seen by all athletes and the spirit of the Games really showed through, which we look forward to repeating again this year.
Last year saw our third ever Project Ability Games which was held at St. Marys College, Hull. This event was specifically designed for disabled athletes and special schools from across the Humber were invited to attend. 80 athletes took part in the event and competed in Golf, New Age Kurling, Boccia and Table Cricket and cricket. This event was a resounding success and has led to a fourth event this academic year, it was great to see all of the athletes enjoying themselves, we aim to keep this event in the calendar for future years.
Our Go Run for Fun and Brownlee Triathlon continued to be a resounding success with 3600 primary school children taking the opportunity to represent their school in a non-competitive event in a safe fun environment spurring them on to be more active in the future.
Active Humber would like to thank everyone that makes the Humber School Games from the facilities that have hosted, parents, athletes and schools that took part. A specific thank you needs to go to all of the young leaders who took time out of their diaries to officiate and held run the various events that took place. All the young leaders do an outstanding job in their roles in what could have been very pressured environments. We would also like to say a big thanks to our sponsors.