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School Sport

The National PE School Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) was launched in 2002 and ran until 2010.  The strategy was the responsibility of the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and integral parts were School Sports Partnerships (SSP) and Specialist Sports Colleges. 

The YST as a charitable trust continues to champion PE and school sport and have responsibility for the School Games.  The status of Specialist school will no longer attract additional funding but the majority of those who chose a sports specialism  have chosen to continue this focus, this is however an emerging picture.

The School Sports Partnerships are again, an emerging picture, with the funding, targets and priorities have changed.  One immediate impact is that from September 2011, the roles of Partnership Development Manger, School Sport Co-ordinator and Primary Link teacher will not exist.

Youth Sports Trust

The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people's lives through sport. Established in 1994, they are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities.


Competition - Herts School Games

Competition is strong in Hertfordshire and was an important part of the PE and school sport infrastructure.  Latterly, Hertfordshire benefited from seven Competition Mangers.   Competition is central to the DfE’s aspirations for PE and school sport and is also supported within the DCMS’s business plan around a 2012 legacy.

Competition will continue to be organised within and between schools, these are now described as levels 1 and 2.  These will feed into a county wide competition as a level 3 event.  There is a Local Organising Committee (LOC), who has strategic responsibility for the level 3 school games.  The SGO will meet to discuss detail of delivery and feed into the LOC.  In addition the heads of schools and academies who see sport as a focus have decided they will still meet, again to achieve a strategic approach across schools.


Hertfordshire School Sports Associations

Throughout the growth of PE and sport infrastructure and its re integration with mainstream PE staff, the school sports associations have worked tirelessly to offer guide and deliver school sports competition.  As such they were and are crucial partners to PE and school sport.

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British Gymnastics Partner Schools

British Gymnastics (BG) values and recognises the importance of Gymnastics in schools and our intention is to provide more comprehensive, cohesive, efficient and sustainable programmes for children in schools and for those adults and volunteers that work with them. 

Schools can now register to become a British Gymnastics Partner School. 

Benefits to BG Partner Schools

By becoming a BG Partner School you will have access to a variety of self-help tools and resources which will assist you with the development of curricular and extra-curricular gymnastics.

Join the exciting programme and receive;

  • Toolkits to support both curricular and extracurricular gymnastics activities
  • Key Step and Next Step teaching and competition resources
  • Downloadable work cards, letters, certificates, posters and use of the BG Partner School logo
  • Access to BG festivals and competitions
  • Discount on BG awards and merchandise
  • Advice from your BG Development Officer