What is the School Games?

Calderdale School Games manage and deliver the School Games offer across the Borough of Calderdale for 108 educational institutions. The School Games consists of pathway sports leading to county finals, development sports specifically meeting the needs of our local community and multi-sport festivals to promote mass participation and enjoyment.

The School Games, which is funded by Sport England National Lottery funding and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people.

A network of School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust in delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games' inception in 2010 - ranging from intra - inter school activity, in addition to the National Finals, which is supported by National Governing Bodies.

SGOs are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Lottery through Sport England to deliver the School Games programme. They are predominantly hosted by schools to whom the funding is paid. Outside of this, many SGOs also work as teachers, within School Sport Partnerships or in other roles in sport and schools.

Calderdale School Games Organisers's

We currently have two School Games Organisers' in Calderdale, Colin based at The Brooksbank School, Elland and Callum based at Trinity Academy, Halifax.

Colin Crowther - The Brooksbank School– 07584 489126

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Callum McNulty - Trinity Academy, Halifax- 07399 423749

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Please contact if you require any further information or help.


The School Games consists of four unique types of competition:

1.      Intra-School Competition 

2.      Local Inter-School Competition

3.      County Final

4.      School Games National Finals

What is an intra-school competition?

An intra-school competition is a sporting activity taking place between pupils who attend the same school. For example, this can be in the form of a class vs. class or house activity. These competitions should culminate in an annual School Games Day, or Sports Day, to celebrate a school's sporting success.


What Is A Local Inter-School Competition?

A local inter-school competition is a sporting activity taking place between schools from the same area - either as a one-off fixture or as part of a league. These competitions may act as qualifiers for county finals or can be run as developmental competitions or festival events to meet the needs of a local area. The Calderdale School Game Programme provides the delivery and management of the local inter-school competitions across Calderdale for all ages.

What Is A County Final?

A county final is a showcase event held either as the culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions or as open entry event, with invitations made by the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Yorkshire Sport, our active partnership, provides the management and delivery of the county finals.

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Local Organising Committees (LOCs)

LOCs are groups which will oversee school sport on a larger scale. Each LOC will deliver a minimum of two multi-sport county level events each year, one in the winter and one in the summer. These events will often comprise the most promising young athletes from the inter-school competitions run by SGOs.

National School Games Organisers (SGOs)

There are more than 450 SGOs who work across the country to support schools in their local area. SGOs have several key roles: to coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club opportunities for all young people.