School Games

Newlands 2014 small 1Competition is an integral part of the School Sport Network. We strive to support and develop competitive opportunities for young people of all abilities. Access to regular and appropriate competitive sport is crucial to the development of every young person and we are determined to extend opportunites for ALL young people to participate. The school games is a new National initative which encompasses intra sSchool Games_Levelschool, inter school, county and national competitions.


The School Games follows a competition pathway which is detailed in the diagram to the right.

Level 1 Intra school competition involves pupils from the same school competing against each other, for example house competitions.

Level 2 Inter School Competition involves pupils from different schools competing against each other individually and in team sports. We instill competition from a young age with pupils taking part in multiskills festivals from 5 years old. The inter school competition we have developed follows the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) ensuring children receive an appropriate level of competition throughout their school life.

Level 3 County/Regional Competition is for schools which have progressed through the Level 2 district competitions. Each district in Gloucestershire will be represented at the Level 3 Gloucestershire School Games Festival in the summer.

The Level 4 National competition will be based at the Olympic Village in London, giving pupils a fantastic opportunity to use the facilities before the likes of Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy in London 2012!

For information on the primary school games in Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury click here.

We provide competitive opportunites for ALL pupils, please click on the links below.




Primary School Competition

Secondary School Competition

Special School Competition


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Competitive opportunities are

instilled through inter and intra

school competition from a young



Pupils progress through the

competition pathway with

opportunities becoming more

competitive as they get older.


The network has a strong

emphasis on inclusion,

ensuring all young people

have the chance to compete.




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Vacancy: District Sports - Part-Time Multi-Sport Coach

District Sports Cheltenham, has an employment opportunity for a Part-Time Multi-Sport Coach (with view to Full-Time role)

Employment Status:   Self Employed Sports Coach - £675 per month

Hours:    Part-Time 0.6/ Mon to Fri 12:30-16:30 & Wed 09:00 - 12:00

Job Purpose

To deliver profressional sports coaching sessions in Primary Schools within the School Sports Network (SSN) and for other independent contracts. Able to deliver quality PE and school sport to an outstanding level, including teacher CPD and after school clubs. 

Specific Functions

  • To plan, organise and deliver sports coaching sessions at primary schools in various forms (ie. PE lessons, lunchtime clubs, PPA cover, after school clubs) NB: Holiday schemes are paid in addition to contracted wage.
  • To deliver high quality PE lessons within primary schools whilst upskilling teachers and TA’s responsible for the class (Teacher CPD in PE).
  • To train & understand the current Scheme of Work for PE that schools are using within their specific school.
  • To train junior sports leaders within primary schools at KS1 and KS2.
  • To support & lead the delivery of primary gifted and talented, SEND and physical activity programmes including Maximise Your Potential & Sportsability.
  • To support the SSN events & primary sports festivals.
  • To support the development of University Sports Placement Students & SSN Apprentices
  • To support the development of the SSN when in network schools.

There maybe more additional functions included, especially if the role becomes full-time and District Sports will always be evolving with the evolution of the SSN in the future.

Personal Specification

Knowledge and Understanding

  • A clear vision and understanding of the role of PE and school sport in the lives of young people.
  • A confident and proficient sports coach within many different sports/activities and with an enthusiasm for coaching primary children whilst being flexible in delivery and schedule changes.
  • Knowledge of disability sport and inclusion to promote the development of PE to all.
  • An upto date understanding of the current School Sport Landscape and the changes associated with this over the past 5 years.


  • Experience of working across a range of different sports and physical activity.
  • Experience of working with primary aged children within a PE scenario.
  • Experience of teaching within curriculum PE lessons. 

Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrate excellent organisational and time management skills. 
  • Have a passion for the job, for coaching children and a drive for excellence.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be flexible, creative and innovative. 
  • The ability to create positive working relationships with a large range of professionals, organisations & individuals (inc. Head teachers, class teachers, Sports Co-ordinators, parents and children).
  • The ability to work within a team as well as individually when coaching.
  • To show continual career development – ie. Booking on more courses, studying coaching changes and cherry-picking ideas at every opportunity to become a better coach.

Closing Date:   7th October 2016

Interview Date:   w/c 17th October 2016

Start Date:   31st October 2016

To Apply:   E-mail your resume and covering letter to Jamie Roberts This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Following feedback from the streering group regarding the School Sport Network's primary school leadership structure, we created a helpful graphic to assist you with understanding how the various leadership opportunities work with each other. Members, click here for the full leadership resource including PE Chiefs, KS2 Young Leaders, SGOC, and Young Ambassadors. 

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logoThe SSN is pleased to announce Harris's Sports Ltd as their preferred provider of high quality PE equipment, kit, resources and uniform for its schools at highly competitive prices. They will provide immediate response to schools' needs and will provide individually tailored packages and equipment bags. Harris's Sports Ltd are highly experienced in working with schools supplying them with team kit, equipment, as well as tailored combinations of kit. Harris's Sports Ltd will donate a % of its profits back into the our network from any network orders, so lets work together and you can be reassured on the quality of products and their service as well as knowing the Network will gain some additional funding to help with its work. To discuss your needs, order a new catalogue or arrange a visit, please call Harris's office on 01275 874351 or contact Dave Davies (MD and Sales) on 07764 760 921. To email please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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