Exciting Sainsbury’s School Games Opportunities 2015!





Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games

3 – 6 September, 2015


Dear Ruth Mann,

The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games returns to Manchester from 3 – 6 September 2015. Some of the best young athletes from across the country will compete in 12 sports in front of thousands of spectators. A range of opportunities exists for schools and young people to get involved this fantastic event. click here






Become a School Games reporter

An amazing opportunity for four schools to send a team of young reporters to Manchester for a three day media experience. As well as receiving expert media training, they will have full press accreditation and reporting briefs to cover the games.

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Capture the action as a photographer

A fantastic opportunity for a small team of talented and enthusiastic young photographers to work alongside a professional sports photographer. The selected students will cover a range of briefs to bring the action and experience to life. 

Further details about the opportunity, selection criteria and application process will follow later this term. Entries close on Tuesday 31 March.







Take on a volunteering role

The Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games provides schools with the opportunity to reward and challenge young people by giving them the chance to volunteer at a major sporting event.

Schools and LOCs will be invited to submit an application to bring a team of eight volunteers aged 14 – 17 supported by two members of staff. In addition there are 24 Young Ambassador volunteer opportunities that individual Young Ambassadors can apply for.

Applications will go live on the Youth Sport Trust website in the coming weeks.






Talent Inspiration Programme

The Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) will bring together 200 young aspiring athletes and 75 young team managers from across the country to participate in an intense three day residential camp. Taking place in Manchester from 2 – 4 September, TIP is designed to inspire young aspiring athletes and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential.

Consisting of theoretical workshops, practical sessions and the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an athlete or team manager at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games, TIP will highlight the talent pathways available and support required for young aspiring athletes and team managers to achieve their potential. Schools will be invited to nominate young people for TIP and further details about the programme, selection criteria and application process will follow later this term.

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Coming to a Sainsbury’s store near you

Many Sainsbury’s stores across the UK will be keen to support Sainsbury’s School Games events in their area. This could mean displaying posters for events, supporting local teams, inviting athletes into stores for photo calls, or colleagues attending competitions. 

Stores will be issued with a briefing pack in the spring, and they may be in contact with schools in their area nearer the time to discuss how they could support their local School Games activity.






Chance to perform at the Opening Ceremony!

Young people will be at the heart of the celebrations and we are looking for talented young people from primary and secondary schools to perform at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. If you know of any exceptionally talented musicians, singers or dancers in your area, this is a fantastic high profile opportunity for them to perform at one of Manchester’s world class venues in front of an audience of thousands. 

We will be launching the application process in the next few weeks so please look out for information on the Youth Sport Trust website and social media channels. Shortlisted acts will be invited to attend an auditions day in April or May 2015.








Young Media Academy Hub

Schools in the Greater Manchester area are invited to register their interest in being a Young Media Academy hub site for the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games. As a hub site you will be asked to work with up to three partner secondary schools to host training and activities to develop the reporting and media skills for young people. Training will be provided by a national team of experts and the students will be given some reporting challenges/briefs to complete over the summer term (2015). 

The teams from the Young Media Academies will be given press access, kit and reporting opportunities at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games in September. 





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