Athlete Education Programme

The Athlete Education Programme is at the heart of the 2021 School Games, creating a positive experience that supports athletes to best prepare for a future in and alongside sport.

Following consultation with National Governing Bodies and building on education programmes from previous years, the overarching theme of the education programme at this year’s School Games National finals is of ‘athlete wellbeing'.

Acknowledging the challenging circumstances athletes have experienced over the past 18 months, the education programme will place a key focus on the physical, psychological, social, and emotional wellbeing of the athletes taking part.

Underpinning the theme of athlete wellbeing, will be themed days of education on both the Friday and Saturday of the games. 

  • Friday - Social Media & Athlete Voice - providing young people the opportunity to reflect on the power of their voice, both positive and negative outcomes of a range of scenarios and explore the tools they have available that can play an important role in establishing and portraying their own personal brand and values.
  • Saturday - Life Alongside Sport – helping young people to reflect on how being a young athlete impacts other areas of their life, support them to prepare for life within and beyond their sport to utilise the opportunities available to them as a young athlete.

The athlete education programme will support the athletes at the games from the point of selection via pre-games engagements through newsletter communications right through to competing at Loughborough University to help them embed their learning post games.

  • The Athlete Education Programme during the games will feature:
    • A live virtual opening ceremony on the Thursday evening bringing together athletes across all sports for a moment in time to celebrate the opening of the games;
    • The opportunity to engage with Athlete Mentors who have been specifically appointed for each sport to work with the Team Managers to ensure a great Games experience for all young athletes and to provide education and learning opportunities throughout the event;
    • A virtual programme of streamed content on the Friday and Saturday evening for athletes to engage in education during their downtime.
    • Opportunities to engage with partners such as UKAD to access their clean sport education programmes. 

School Games Values

Through a process of collaboration and consultation with young people six School Games Values were created and will be at the heart of the games:

Passion - Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into the game and never giving up. Passion makes you enter the race and passion makes you finish it.

Honesty – Honesty with others and with yourself. Having the courage to do the right thing and what you know is right. Let the best person win not the best cheat!

Self-Belief - You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.

Team Work - Treating everyone equally, supporting each other and working together to achieve at your very best level. Celebrate each other’s success and be a positive team player.

Respect – Respect for the referee, for the opposition, for your team mates, for yourself and for The Games. Accepting victory and defeat with grace, treating others politely and with understanding. Respect every day, in every sport and for everyone.

Determination - Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!