Competition is a key element of the work Manchester School’s PE Association and Manchester’s School Games Organisers and we strive to ensure that there are opportunities for all children to enjoy and compete in a range of competitive sports, with clear pathways to county events and beyond.

High quality competition and maximising participation is a key focus for Manchester School’s PE Association. This requires advance planning and organisation with scheduling of the annual competition calendar taking place throughout May/June so that all schools receive a programme of competitions and dates before the start of the next academic year. This enables schools to review the competitions on offer and decide which ones they would like to enter before the start of the school year. Therefore allowing schools to link the competitions into their curricular and/or extra-curricular programme and ensure that the children are adequately prepared and have a thoroughly positive and enjoyable experience.

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Schools can book onto all competitions via the online booking system. Early booking is advised as there are limited numbers of entries for some events. All entries are confirmed in advance of the event with final details sent out in advance.


Sainsbury’s School Games

school-gamesThe 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 Sainsbury’s School Games are supported by three Government departments – the Department for Education, the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, and the Department of Health – with funding from Sport England, through the National Lottery. The Games are designed to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.


The Sainsbury’s School Games are made up of four levels of activity:

Level 1Intra-school competition. Sporting competition for all students held within their school that may culminate in a Sainsbury’s School Games Day.

Level 2Inter-school competition. Individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions organised and delivered by the School Games Oganisers and partners. Teams from each competition qualify to compete at Manchester School’s finals and represent Manchester at the Level 3 Greater Manchester School Games.

Level 3Sainsbury’s School Games Festival. Greater Manchester hosts two Level 3 Sainsbury’s School Games festivals each year, in the spring and in the summer. These are multi-sport events and a culmination of year-round school sport competition. Winning teams from each of the ten SSPs in Greater Manchester compete in these games.

Level 4National Sainsbury’s School Games festival. The Sainsbury’s School Games finals; a national multi-sport residential event where the most talented young people in the UK are selected to compete at venues such as Manchester’s Sportcity and the Olympic Park!


There are many benefits to schools that are involved in the Sainsbury’s School Games. These include:

  • Resources: using PE and school sport as a vehicle to raise standards through cross-curricular activities;
  • Reward and Recognition: monthly awards to SGOs and schools who blog about their Sainsbury’s School Games activities and are active on the School Games website;
  • Sainsbury’s School Games Mark: nationally recognised award for schools committed to developing and delivering PE and school sport; and
  • NGB Formats: resources which support schools in delivering intra- and inter-school competitions.

Nationally and locally the Sainsbury’s School Games is being delivered through partnerships.

At a local level, the Sainsbury’s School Games is delivered by schools, clubs, county sports partnerships and other local partners. Local Organising Committees have been set up and are chaired by headteachers, to oversee the county festivals. County sports partnerships have an important role to play in helping to stage the festivals.

The national partnership is made up of:

Sport England, which is the Lottery distributor and are supporting the engagement of National Governing Bodies of Sports and County Sports Partnerships;

  • the Youth Sport Trust, the landscape lead organisation for school sport, which has been commissioned by Sport England to provide development support to schools, sports and other local partners;
  • the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has overall policy leadership, supported by the Department for Education and the Department of Health;
  • Change4Life, which encourages children and families to eat well, move more and live longer; and
  • the British Paralympic Association, which brings the vision and inspiration of the Paralympics.

Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the Sainsbury’s School Games. This includes: up to £35.5m Lottery funding from Sport England between 2010-15; £28.4m exchequer funding from the Department of Health and Sport England to fund 450 School Games Organisers and Change4Life Clubs.

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