Children and Young People

Our strategy for Sport and Physical activity - Getting Active Together, has Children and Young People at its centre. The core elements of this are:

  • PE & School Sport
  • Nottinghamshire School Games
  • Satellite Clubs

Resources during COVID

The impact of COVID on children and young people has been vast and wide-ranging, and schools are seeking to understand and then act on the specific needs of their pupils.

Active Notts and Active Derbyshire has produced 'Recovery and moving on with COVID' which includes case studies collated in November and December 2020 following the first lockdown and after pupils had been back in school for a couple of months.

The detail and learning incorporated in the case studies may prove useful as schools look to rebuild pupils' confidence, sense of belonging and wellbeing, and schools may wish to consider how some of the learning from these schools could be used to help inform their own plans.

To help schools prepare for pupils' return to school, the Youth Sport Trust have shared some principles and ideas for school staff to consider around the role of PE in helping young people re-engage with the school environment and overcome some of the challenges COVID-19 has brought.

Supporting Young People to be active

In response to COVID-19 the Notts School Games Organiser Network and Active Notts worked together to create a programme of activities to help keep children active at home or at school during the spring and summer terms.

Further details of the resources which are still available are here.

PE & School Sport

In Nottinghamshire, we are determined to develop children's enjoyment of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity from an early age.

With this in mind, we have developed a range of tools, resources and training courses to help improve the standards of teaching and learning and to meet the needs of all children across the city and the county.


Evidence shows that healthy active children achieve more. PE, sport and physical activity:

  • Improves physical health
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves levels of cognition and educational attainment
  • Improves future employment prospects
  • Reduces anti-social behaviour, improves attendance and behaviour
  • Improves social cohesion

Sport Nottinghamshire in partnership with area School Games Organisers (SGOs) offer a comprehenshive range of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes for all primary schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. CPD for all teachers, in particular subject leads for PE should be at the forefront of Head Teachers considerations when deciding how to spend the funding allocated to their school, as it ensures quality of delivery and sustainability for the future.

Notts School Games

The Notts School Games is designed to boost participation in sport and physical activity for young people of all abilities and backgrounds, by significantly enhancing the year round calendar of competitive school sport.

The Notts School Games aims to encourage children to be active from a young age, which will inspire them to lead a healthy and happy life. The Notts School Games continues to grow year on year, providing opportunities for young people to experience and compete in over 30 sports across the school year.

There are 3 key levels of the Notts School Games, for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, as follows:

Level 1: Intra-School Competition

For many young people, this is the first experience of sporting competition, featuring relevant sporting opportunities (form, house and PE based competition) within each school. Level 1 may also include awards systems designed to encourage young people to reach their personal best e.g. Aviva UKA Academy Sportshall Awards.

Level 2: District Level Inter-School Competition

At this level, individuals and teams represent their school, competing against other schools from the same district areas in select sports and events.

Level 3: Nottinghamshire School Games Championship Finals

Featuring the most successful sporting schools in the county, who have progressed after winning a level 2 event/league. There will be two Nottinghamshire School Games Championship Finals events per year (winter and summer edition) based at some of the best sporting venues in the county, featuring a multi-sport event experience and incorporating opening and podium ceremonies.

Winners at level 3 may progress to regional finals and in some cases, after winning a regional event, will have the opportunity to move on to compete in national competition.

A new addition to level 3 has been formed within the last two years - the Notts School Games Inclusive Competition Calendar, providing a significant number of competitive opportunities for young people with a disability, from both mainstream and special schools. This is in addition to the disability sport competitions that feature in both the winter and summer edition.

Satellite Clubs

Satellite Clubs are an extension of community sports clubs which are established in a secondary school, or college. They target the 11-25 age group, with a focus on 14+ and are a stepping stone to a community club. Satellite clubs will be determined by local need and can offer new sports, formats and opportunities to students.

Running a Satellite Club will provide outstanding opportunities for clubs and coaches to:

  • Recruit new volunteers and potential coaches
  • Increase club membership
  • Increase community access to local facilities
  • Provide additional opportunities for coaches to develop their skills
  • Widen a clubs talent pool by accessing a wider audience

Satellite Clubs are designed to attract a new audience to community sports clubs. They are run by established sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to local places where young people already meet. Together they create a satellite that delivers sport in the way that these young people want to receive it and enjoy it.

Satellite Clubs have the following features:

  • Based locally
  • Run every week for at least 1 hour
  • A clear identity, for example a joint club/community group or school identity
  • Run by club coaches and volunteers – a key link to the club
  • Informal structure and membership that is based on the needs of young people
  • Its membership reflects the local population

If you are interested in developing a Satellite Club, please get in contact with one of the team.