Members of the RDSSP are being urged to apply for the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark, which is now open for applications for the 2014/2015 academic year.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of high quality PE and sport including access to festivals and competitions for everyone, regardless of age or ability. OfSTED use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework and schools can use it as a development tool to aid the PE teacher or head teacher.
Nationally and locally the Sainsbury’s School Games is being delivered through partnerships. The national partnership is made up of Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. Over £128m of Lottery and Government funding is being invested to support the School Games.
The Mark award is separated into three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold, and schools have to meet certain criteria to be awarded each level, including:
• A system to track young people’s participation in sports;
• Developing a calendar of competitions for young people with special educational needs and disability to take part;
• Opportunities that attract less active youngsters to take part in physical activity.
RDSSP Manager, Janice Price said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a fantastic way for schools to showcase their dedication and passion to providing sporting opportunities to local young people.”
“The scheme has essential criteria that schools have to meet before being honoured with the Mark awards and this ensures that they are providing great opportunities for youngsters to be involved in sport and activity at all levels and that they get other people involved as well including school staff, the local community, sports clubs and coaches.”
“Schools really need to consider applying for the Mark awards scheme; it is a really prestigious reward for commitment to children’s physical activity, it is observed by OfSTED and schools that already have the Mark should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”
Last year, 16 RDSSP member schools picked up Sainsbury’s School Games Marks. Bradwell Juniors, Fitzherbert, Lea, Great Longstone, Marston Montgomery, Middleton, Parwich, St Josephs, Youlgrave, Bamford, Hartington and Anthony Gell all received the Bronze recognition, with Carsington and Hopton, Osmaston and Highfields the proud holders of the Silver Mark award.
Highfields PE teacher and RDSSP School Sport Coordinator, Jayne Allen said after picking up the honour in December 2014: “We were all very excited to receive this award. It was the culmination of a year of active participation and great progress – we were so close to gaining Gold, after picking up Bronze in 2013.”
To find out more and apply for the Mark visit: http://www.yourschoolgames.com
Sainsbury’s School Games and partners
Sainsbury’s is proud to be the headline sponsor of the School Games and to provide a great new opportunity for more young people to enjoy the benefits of competitive sport. This sponsorship forms part of the Active Kids scheme and further demonstrates Sainsbury’s commitment to promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle for all, regardless of age or ability.
Through Active Kids Sainsbury’s has achieved the following:
• Donated over £115 million* pounds worth of equipment and experiences since 2005 to organisations including: nurseries, schools, Scout and Guide groups and sports clubs.
• Over 49,000 organisations have registered to the scheme.
*Figure based on redemptions received up to 05.08.11
Visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/activekids for more information.
Sport England – www.sportengland.org
Sport England is the non-departmental public body responsible for building the foundations of sporting success, by creating a world-leading community sport environment of clubs, coaches, facilities and volunteers. Sport England is providing funding to support the development and delivery of the Sainsbury’s School Games. They are also working with Sports Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships to ensure they support and help deliver the Schools Games.
The Youth Sport Trust – www.youthsporttrust.org
The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity with a mission to change young people’s lives through sport. They have been commissioned by Sport England as the delivery agent for the Sainsbury’s School Games, providing support to help schools and other partners deliver Levels 1-3 of the School Games and are supporting the delivery of the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games finals event.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport
DCMS aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities. DCMS is the lead Government department for the Sainsbury’s School Games.
Change4Life – www.nhs.uk/change4life
Change4Life encourages children and families to eat well, move more and live longer. Change4Life Sports Clubs at both secondary and primary level will link to the Sainsbury’s School Games by targeting the least active young people and encouraging participation in Levels 1 and 2 of the School Games. The Department of Health is also jointly-funding the new School Games Organisers.
The Department for Education (DfE) – www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education
DfE is responsible for setting overall policy for schools. DfE is contributing to the development and delivery of the Sainsbury’s School Games.
The British Paralympic Association – www.paralympics.org.uk
The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team.
ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. ParalympicsGB has a proud track record of coming in the top three at the last four summer Games. For London we had two ambitions; to win more medals across more sports than in Beijing and to use the power of the home Games to shift perceptions of disability sport and disabled people. We are confident that we achieved those ambitions and are now working hard to ensure the momentum created by London 2012 affects real change and lasting improvement. We are proud to be a supporting partner for the Sainsbury’s School Games, which is playing a vital role in providing disability sport opportunities across the country.