Toolkit launched to help schools 'reframe competition'
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Realistic OTE of £30,000
Nationwide, United Kingdom
énergie group
25K - 30K PA
Thornton Heath, UK
VOYA Products Ltd
UK or Ireland
Gardaland Resort
Cameriere Hotel
Orlando, FL, USA

Toolkit launched to help schools 'reframe competition'

Job opportunities
Disability Sports Coach
£20 - £25 per hour
location: London
Brunel University London
£29,677 to £34,032 per annum incl. London Allowance
location: Uxbridge, UK
University of Warwick
£22,417 - £25,941 pa
location: Warwick, UK
more jobs

An interactive toolkit has been launched to help schools in England reframe competition in school sports.

Developed by children's charity Youth Sport Trust (YST), the launch follows a successful 12-month pilot delivered through Sport England’s National Lottery investment in the School Games.

In 2018, YST commissioned research of global and domestic practice in consultation with key stakeholders – such as national governing bodies of sport and school games organisers – which explored possible alternative competition formats to engage and develop different audiences.

The research identified themes looking at widening the competition environment to develop "character and life skills", adding fun elements to engage new audiences, and expanding the competition environment to improve health.

Utilising the research findings, the charity launched a pilot across 10 areas in England involving more than 2,000 young people.

The pilot looked to ascertain whether changing how competitions are designed and delivered – by putting the motivation, competence and confidence of the participants at the forefront – had an impact on participation.

Young people involved in the pilot reported increased engagement and enjoyment, increased skill development and quality of gameplay.

They also experienced an increase in their confidence to take part in sport, with three quarters of young people involved saying they would like to use the new approaches all the time.

The toolkit is now being rolled out to allow schools to trial and adopt the new practices (to view the toolkit, click here).

“No longer can we ignore the fact that youth sport experiences have a wider role to play than finding the next Olympic/Paralympic champions," said Emily Reynolds, head of sport at the YST.

“Delivered well, competition can be fun, engaging and developmental. The barriers to competition being enjoyed were regularly noted as the pressure, and aggressive behaviours displayed by peers and teachers in competition environments.

"The innovation seen during the pilots demonstrated that by clearly defining the purpose of the competition, a wide range of young people could recognise and celebrate their individual and collective success, increasing their enjoyment.

"During a basketball competition, young people scored points for competition of skills challenges, the result of the match and also their demonstration of values. This resulted in multiple and varied young people being celebrated.”

The toolkit comes at a key time as the government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan is encouraging the sector to build on the recommendations of Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey.

Insight from Active Lives showed that only 17.5 per cent of children are meeting the guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.

• To view the toolkit, click here.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news
The new initiative will see 11 national governing bodies of sport work together with YST

Youth Sport Trust initiative to help improve wellness of young elite athletes and their parents

15 Aug 2019
Youth Sport Trust (YST) has set out to protect the mental health of young talented ...
Oliver said PE needed to be at the 'heart of the educational agenda for schools'

Youth Sport Trust lays out vision for PE

02 Mar 2017
The Youth Sport Trust has laid out its vision for PE and school sport during ...
The Youth Sport Trust said it was 'committed' to changing the focus of PE in schools / Alex Makarenko/

Youth Sport Trust commits to the fight against obesity following damning report about child health in the UK

30 Jan 2017
The Youth Sport Trust has pledged to work with schools to develop their physical education ...

More News

1 - 15 of 42,008
18 Sep 2019
Global boutique fitness giant Xponential Fitness has appointed Michael Abramson, president of D1 Sports Training, as its chief operating officer. Abramson will be tasked with ... More
18 Sep 2019
Independent hotel group Hastings Hotels has named Niamh Rice as the new spa manager at the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Rice ... More
18 Sep 2019
A memorable summer of international cricket for England concluded on 15 September with the men's team securing victory in the final Ashes Test to claim ... More
17 Sep 2019
Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has indicated she may move into the wellness market, potentially mounting a challenge to Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop ... More
17 Sep 2019
The number of people who are part of an active Community Sport Hub (CSH) in Scotland has more than doubled. The CSH programme brings together ... More
17 Sep 2019
Danubius Hotels Group (DHG), one of Europe's largest health spa operators, has launched a brand for its health spa hotels. Called Ensana Health Spa Hotels, ... More
17 Sep 2019
Physical fitness has been associated with better brain structure and brain functioning in adults. The findings of a study, led by Dr Jonathan Repple of ... More
17 Sep 2019
The UK fitness industry should make a concerted effort to highlight the importance of strength training, following the publication of the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) ... More
18 Sep 2019
Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman and the first known Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Monk by the Dalai Lama, is to ... More
17 Sep 2019
Green Spa Network (GSN), a nonprofit trade association serving the spa industry in support of a sustainable future, has created a Pledge for the Planet ... More
17 Sep 2019
UK technology company Scape Technologies has gathered street-level data for 100 cities around the world, that it says can be used to create a "new ... More
17 Sep 2019
Saudi Arabia-based Leejam Sports Company has appointed former Bannatyne Group chief executive Justin Musgrove as its new CEO. Musgrove will take over the helm with ... More
16 Sep 2019
A new carbon neutral and nature-based neighbourhood designed by SLA and Biecher Architectes is to be built on the site of a former rail depot ... More
16 Sep 2019
The Emerald Collection – owned by the Scarapicchia family – is expanding its portfolio with the opening of three new resorts, the five-star Emerald Maldives ... More
16 Sep 2019
CIDESCO, the world standard for the beauty and spa industries, has announced the speaker line up for its 67th World Congress and Exhibition. Taking place ... More
Servicesport UK Limited
Servicesport UK Limited
1 - 15 of 42,008
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University