It was with great disappointment that we had to cancel the 2020 annual Hertfordshire School Games event that was due to take place in July, due to COVID-19. However there was a wide variety of virtual challenges and competitions that were available to schools and young people to enable physical activity and competition to continue throughout the Summer term. We hope to be back to delivering a face to face, one day event again in 2021.

Our aim is to ensure that PE and School Sport in Hertfordshire is of the highest possible quality and it reaches every young person and continues to drive competitive school sport. At the core of this work is the unwavering belief that competitive school sport should be at the heart of school life.

The key areas of focus for 2020 are:

To deliver School Games County Festivals safely and in accordance with Government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. To deliver a minimum of one School Games County Festival (this can be virtual).

  • Re-frame competition to provide fully inclusive opportunities for inactive young people to improve their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
  • To identify and have ongoing provision that targets young people whose physical activity levels have been most negatively impacted by COVID-19 (those particularly from low socio-economic areas, BAME, SEND and girls)
  • To increase the focus on secondary school engagement within county festivals–with a particular emphasis on supporting those young people who have just transitioned into Year 7/8.
  • To ensure that the local offer provides opportunities for young people to take on leadership and volunteering roles
The School Games Levels

Schools and pupils will participate and progress through four levels of competition:

Personal Challenge: A student driven/self-led opportunity to attempt to improve performance and can take place both at school and beyond the school day.
Intra (Level 1): sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition.
Inter (Level 2): individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions. Many of these competitions are run by local School Games Organisers.
County (Level 3): the county/area will stage multi-sport School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition.

There will also be a biannual School Games National Finals for talented young people involved in the talent pathways and programmes of the national governing bodies of sport participating in the National Finals.

School Games Values: The Spirit of the Games

There are six values which form the ‘Spirit of the Games’: Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Teamwork, and Determination.

Competition creates the ideal context in which to explore personal values and conduct. To giving it 100% and never giving up, to believe to achieve, to accept winning and losing while treating others politely with understanding, to have the courage to do the right thing, to support and work together, to overcome obstacles every day and become the very best you can be.

The way in which schools communicate these values and involve young people in championing this cause will help bring the Spirit of the Games to life. This will ensure that competitive school sport is a rich learning experience for young people, and an experience which develops them to be not only the best sports person they can be but the best person they can be as well.

Virtual School Games

For autumn 2020 the Herts Sports Partnership has been working closely with the School Games Organisers to offer an exciting programme of Virtual competitions open to all schools. Please click on the relevant sport below to access further information including details about the competition, certificates for participants, results and data sheets for submission to your local School Games Organiser. Good luck everyone!