1. To increase the profile of school sport in West Dunbartonshire.
2. To grow the number of opportunities for school aged young people to participate in school sport.
3. To motivate and inspire young people to participate in school sport and represent their school.
4. To leave a lasting legacy of school sport competition.
West Dunbartonshire School Games is organised and managed by West Dunbartonshire Leisure’s Active Schools and Sports Development teams to provide a full and varied school sport framework for young people aged 8-16 (P3-S6).
This project pulls together all the sporting events organised by Active Schools and Sports Development and provides a platform for future development, particularly within the secondary school sector. There is a wide range of sports for school pupils to participate and/or compete in: Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis and Swimming. We also hope to include some Disability sport / Para-sport events and competitions e.g. Boccia, Wheelchair Basketball.
Competitive and non-competitive events
There are competitive and non-competitive events, taking account of National Governing Body guidelines, age groups etc. Competitive events in some sports will be large scale enabling all schools to attend on one day. Others will be managed locally within Learning Communities/areas, as qualifiers for authority wide finals.
Schools are awarded 10 ‘participation points’ for entering non-competitive events and ‘placing points’ for competitive events—depending on how well their pupils performed (refer to page 3 of the handbook). These points will be accumulated through the school year. There will be no extra points awarded for schools progressing to finals. This handbook will highlight which events are competitive and non-competitive.
Throughout the year there will be individual pupil and team champions for various sports and these will be celebrated on our website, in the local press and through social media feeds. There will also be two league tables, one for primary schools and one for secondary schools, which will track each school’s accumulated scores. These will be updated throughout the year and at year end, totals will be reviewed and a Small School, Medium School and Large School winner will be announced for Primary Schools. For secondary schools, there will be one overall winner.
Points System and Awards
Schools will have the opportunity to accumulate points for participation and placing throughout the school year.
For non-competitive events schools will be awarded 10 ‘participation points’ for attendance. For competitive events schools will be awarded ‘placing points’ based on their finishing position *. See table to the Right.
There will be fourteen primary school competitions and thirteen secondary school competitions that make up the WD Schools Games.
In the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship, and to encourage participation and effort, West Dunbartonshire School games provides schools with a number of ways to be successful. These are detailed below.
Win or place highly at the various Learning Community/area events throughout the year. E.g. Dumbarton area Netball Champions/Runner-up and progress to the West Dunbartonshire Finals.
Win the Local authority title for a sport e.g. West Dunbartonshire Cross Country Champions
Accumulate the most points across West Dunbartonshire to become Primary School Champions (based on School roll categories – see below)
Accumulate the most points West Dunbartonshire to become Secondary School Champions
Be part of the winning Learning Community
In Year 2 (2016-17), accumulate the biggest points increase compared to this year and win the Most Improved School Award.
Small Schools Champion
This will be the school with a roll of less than 150 pupils [at the start of the school year] who accumulate the most points by the end of the academic year.
Medium Schools Champion
This will be the school with a roll of 150-250 pupils [at the start of the school year] who accumulate the most points by the end of the academic year.
Large Schools Champion
This will be the school with a roll of over 250 pupils [at the start of the school year] who accumulate the most points by the end of the academic year.
Secondary Schools Champion
This will be the secondary school who accumulate the most points by the end of the academic year.