The Greater Manchester School Games network is made up of 22 School Games Organisers (SGOs) representing all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Collectively the network aims to inspire children & young people to have the confidence, competence and knowledge to reach their potential to live a healthy and physically active life.
As a network we are working as a collaborative to help ensure our schools and communities are supported during this time. This will allow our schools and communities to navigate and utilise relevant resources appropriate to their current situation, in the bid to keep young people active, healthy and happy.
As of the 1st June schools across England started to reopen and so as a network we created a document to help support schools, teachers and non- PE specialists to incorporate physical activity back into the ‘new normal’. Access the document here. Further guidance to support schools is also available from the Association for PE here and the Youth Sport trust here.
The Greater Manchester School Games network have been working together in response to Government guidelines around COVID 19 to put in place their School Games offer for the academic year 2020-2021.
As little is known at this stage around timescales for schools to be able to take part in team sports, the first term will consist of a menu of virtual competitions. The design of these formats will allow schools to use them flexibly for personal challenge, intra school competition and virtually to compete against pupils in other schools. As restrictions ease, regular reviews will take place with a view to working towards a physical county final event in the summer term, if permitted.
The network hope to use this situation as a positive to focus on driving up participation, increasing fundamental movement skills and preparing young people in Greater Manchester’s for a lifelong love of physical activity.
Regular updates from each borough can be found via their websites on the right hand side of this page.
To find out more about your local School Games offer or for more information about how events are run in your area please visit the borough-specific websites listed here.
We would love to see how you are being active and moving at home or whilst still in school, please share your pictures or videos with us (if you have permission from parents) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Use the hashtags #GMSchoolGames and #KeepGMMoving and don't forget to tag your borough. The information to tag them is within the image below.
As part of the national effort to support our young people to stay active during Covid-19 a number of partners directly linked to the School Games have released a series of resources to help continue with their support for the School Games programme. These come directly from the School Games and include resources from a number of National Governing Bodies.
Through the TopYa platform, young people will be tasked with sharing videos of their attempts at a series of physical challenges. These videos will be reviewed by a virtual coach, who will provide feedback. Young people taking part will have the option to join in the School Games Active Championships TopYa leaderboard. Challenges are live now and are uploaded every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For further information about how to get involved click here.
National Governing Bodies of sport are also contributing a daily supply of activity cards, tailored to primary and secondary-aged pupils. The resources are being made freely available to all from the School Games website and are intended to support the innovative work School Games Organisers have been undertaking in their local areas during school closures, helping local schools, families and young people
For more information on the NGB activities click here.