(Image: Sussex School Games Tri-Golf Festival, courtesy of Steven Laurence)
The School Games was created to inspire more young people to take part in competition at school as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games legacy. The Golf Foundation embraced the opportunity provided by the School Games and in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust to develop an 8-game Tri-Golf festival format for primary schools and a new Super Sixes format for secondary age pupils. The formats have been hugely successful with almost every borough in London offering a Tri-Golf competition and 90% of School Games Organisers running a golf event across England. Over 5,000 schools deliver golf each year as part of the School Games and 35,000 young people a year take part in a competition against other schools.
The School Games is a celebration of competitive sport that involves young people in years 3 to 13, of all abilities and backgrounds. Through HSBC Golf Roots, the Golf Foundation is committed to providing more competitive opportunities for young people and believes that by supporting schools and their networks to deliver the School Games more young people will also be introduced to golf and enjoy further opportunities through clubs.
In partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, the Golf Foundation has created games cards for both primary and secondary schools to download and utilise when planning School Games events. If your school is new to golf then please download the Priority Competitions format document. Where golf is already embedded into the schools sports programme, please view the School Games Full Offer for alternative formats. (Schools Games Toolkits for Tri-Golf and StreetGolf are also available.)
The School Games is made up of four levels of competition:
Level 1: Intra-school competition, culminating in a School Games day
Level 2: Regular inter-school competition between schools at a local level
Level 3: Annual county/area culmination of inter-school competitions – School Games Festivals
Level 4: National multi-sport event
For more information about the School Games visit: www.yourschoolgames.org