Why are we holding these events?
  • The latest national Active Lives Children & Young People Survey (ALSCYP) highlighted that activity levels for year 3-4 children are the lowest among all primary age children – only 38% are active compared to an average of 45% across all children. This is down by 5% versus pre-pandemic levels – the biggest decrease among all primary age children
  • ALSCYP data continues to prove that active children are happier, more resilient and have higher levels of social trust
  • Lockdown had a big effect on children’s mental well-being – the events are an opportunity for them to re-connect after being socially isolated
  • To reach those children who previously haven’t had the opportunity to take part in traditional or competitive School Games event
  • Leadership and volunteering opportunities stopped during Covid – we want to give pupils the opportunity to develop their leadership skills



Bar chart of data on year 3 childrens activity levels

What are we doing exactly?
  • At the end of March/beginning of April a series of 3 non-competitive sporting events take place at Shrewsbury Sport Village, Telford Tennis Centre and William Brookes School.
  • The emphasis of each event is on having fun whilst being active and trying new sports with 10 different activities to rotate around
  • All activities have been designed to build confidence, develop teamwork skills and help pupils to enjoy being active
  • Engaging and working with young leaders to plan and run the events as volunteer leaders



Who attended?
  • 23 Primary Schools across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
  • 360 year 3 pupils from all School Games Organiser areas across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
  • 95 young leaders fromTelford Priory, William Brookes, Meole Brace Primary and Criftins Primary.



Pupil feedback:

-94% of pupils rated the event a 9 or a 10 across the three days.

-92% of pupils feel a little or a lot more confident after taking part in the School Games event.

-98% of pupils would be happy to take part in another School Games event.

-72% of pupils had never attended a School Games event before.

-The three most common words to describe the events were – fun, exciting and happy!


Staff feedback:

-100% of staff were ‘very satisfied’ with the registration process, venues and activities.

-100% of staff were ‘very satisfied’ with the role of the young leaders.

-100% of staff members stated that the School Games is ‘important’ or ‘very important’ in their Schools sporting calendar.

-The three most common words to describe the events were – engaging, inclusive and well organised.

We look forward to running these events again next year! If you would like any information on events like these or how your School can get involved in the School Games, then please email [email protected].