The School Games is national programme which works to inspire young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition.

The School Games programme is delivered at a local level through a team of School Games Organisers. Avonbourne Academies is lucky enough to be the host school for School Games Organiser for Bournemouth, Sarah Dunsford. The Academies have hosted this role since 2010 demonstrating a commitment to physical activity and the community. Sarah has been in post as the School Games Organiser role since 2013.

The role focusses on developing relationships with all of the primary and secondary schools in the area to provide a range of physical activity event, competitions, and leadership programmes. The School Games aims to provide every child with a positive experience in an environment where the young person’s motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition. 

School Games Organiser work towards five outcomes:


  • To maintain and grow school engagement in the School Games and their delivery of 60 active minutes
  • To create positive experiences by ensuring physical activity and competition provision is designed to reflect the motivation, competence and confidence of young people and has clear intent
  • To have a clear focus on secondary schools and transition points (Yr.3 and Yr.7/8)
  • To create positive experiences that support the character development of young people, capitalising on Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by empowering young people to design, deliver and promote Physical Activity and/or Competition
  • To advocate to key stakeholders how the School Games makes a meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people, including supporting schools to engage and educate parent.

By hosting the School Games Organiser for the area it places Avonbourne Academies at the centre of the work that is being done to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the young people in Bournemouth.

Quotes from students:

'Being a Young Ambassador has helped me feel less socially anxious' H Year 9 leader

'Officiating the Indoor Athletics has been good, I have enjoyed seeing how much the primary school children love taking part'. R Year 9 leader

'Being a leader has helped me develop my communication skills' J Year 9 leader


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