Who delivers the Kent School Games?
Kent School Games Background
The biennial Kent School Games first began in 2008 as a Kent County Council Olympic and Paralympic legacy project to inspire schools and young people across Kent to participate in competitive school sport. The Kent School Games is a multi-sport competition open to all young people aged 4 – 18 in primary, secondary and special needs schools.
Off the back of the success of the Kent School Games, in 2012 the national, annual School Games programme began. The Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.
The Games are designed to build on the magic of 2012 to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meanigful opportunities for disabled youngsters.
At a local level, the Kent School Games and School Games are delivered by schools, governing bodies of sport, clubs, School Games Organisers, KCC’s Sport and Physical Activity Service (including the county sports partnership) and other local partners. Kent has a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that is chaired by Roland Gooding (Head Teacher, Valence School) with a role to oversee the county festivals.
Kent Sport and Physical Activity Service:
Delivers and develops a range of sport and physical activity opportunities for everyone to be more active, more often and supporting those that wish to progress.
The service does this in partnership with a network of partners and with funding from various sources including Kent County Council and Sport England.
The Kent School Games is co-ordinated by the Sport & Physical Activity Service and School Games Organisers (SGO).
The partnership between the Sport & Physical Activity Service and the School Games Organisers has helped create the largest schools sports competition in Europe and is used as a model for the National Schools Games.