Welcome to the Berkshire School Games
'To inspire and enthuse young people in Berkshire through the power of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games'
Statement on School Games Competitions from 8th March 2021
We are delighted that the recent government announcement of the return of all school pupils on 8 March & the planned return of grass root provision on 29 March prioritises the provision of after school & community clubs for children & young people, as it recognises their impact on mental health & well-being.
Though we are keen to deliver 'live' festivals & events (fixtures), as soon as the government restrictions allow, there are restrictions currently in place and planned in the Roadmap Out of Lockdown announced on 22 February 2021 that limit our ability/viability to run them.
- Current government guidance state 'school fixtures should not take place until wider grass roots sport for under 18s is permitted'. This announcement is due on or before 29th March, but we cannot anticipate how this will impact on school fixtures & external school competitions/festivals but is likely to include NGB guidance for each sport.
- Whilst some outdoor sports & recreational facilities are planned to reopen on 29th March the numbers on site will be limited by the rule of 6. More sport facilities are planned to reopen on April 12th but outside gatherings over 30 will remain illegal until at least 21 June.
Regardless of national guidance Headteachers will need to make local decisions on the priority & confidence of school fixtures within the school day & respective of staffing. Some schools may be unwilling to host another school on site or attend events/competitions not on their school site.
Calendaring & planning festivals/events need some foresight to enable them to run safely. We expect further guidance on school fixtures to be made available at each of the key steps in the governments Roadmap Out of Lockdown.
If we believe that it is safe & viable to run 'live' events post 21 June we will do our utmost to provide them.
1st March 2021
School Games Organisers
Below are contact details for all of the Berkshire School Games Organisers alongside the areas they cover.
Ascot & Maidenhead: Emma Fitzgerald: - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bracknell Forest: Matt Gamble - email@example.com
Reading: Lester Pyle - Lpyle@johnmadejskiacademy.co.uk
Slough: Laura Brookstein - LF@wexham.slough.sch.uk
West Berkshire (West): James Mandry - firstname.lastname@example.org
West Berkshire (East): Maxine Smiles-Cooke - email@example.com
Windsor: Chantal Roe-Gammon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wokingham: Gwenda Lappin - email@example.com