Greater Manchester School Games

The School Games provides an opportunity for young people from the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester to participate in intra-school and inter school competition at a borough and county level.

Mission

Keeping competitive sport at the heart of schools and providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

Vision

By 2020 the School Games will be continuing to make a clear and meaningful difference to the lives of even more children and young people.

As a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the School Games aims to provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best whilst making a clear and meaningful difference to their lives.

Competitions run across three levels which provides a clear pathway for children and young people from the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester to participate in a variety of sports at different levels. Competitions progress from intra-school competitions to inter-school competitions within each of the boroughs through to the county level events.

Level 1 - Intra-school competitions. 104,492 participants. Level 2 -  inter-school competitions, 126,492 participants. Level 3, County level competitions - 5,158 participants.

Leadership and volunteering

The School Games are supported by around 400 volunteers who collectively contributed over 2000 hours of volunteering to the level 3 competitions. Our volunteering programme is split into young leaders, 14-16 year olds, and event leaders, 16-25 year olds and in the 2018/2019 School Games these groups contributed over 2000 hours to support the events that ran throughout the year. Both groups play key roles in the running events which we support with a wide ranging training and rewards programme.

The roles available are wide ranging from officiating to general event support to media. Being involved as a volunteer provides an opportunity for young people to develop a wide range of skills, make new friends and improve employability.

Our Event Leader programme aims to offer you with a range of volunteering and training opportunities, you can find out more about individual opportunities and sign up at GM VIP. Meanwhile the Young Leader programme is organised at a borough level by the local School Games Organisers. If you are looking for more opportunities to volunteer visit our volunteering section.