We work together with local, regional and national partners to help co-ordinate and deliver physical activity opportunities for young people to help them achieve the recommended levels of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Our funded programmes include the School Games, Primary PE & School Sport Premium, Active Lives Children Survey and The Daily Mile.

These pages aim to act as a one-stop shop of information and support for schools to help them to deliver high quality PE and sport and to offer opportunities for young people to be active throughout the school day. It brings together local and national information, resources, and updates as well as links to providers and organisations that can offer support.

Our current priorities

Our current priorities are:

  • Advocating the key role of PE, school sport and physical activity for the overall health and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Identifying and supporting schools that require advice and guidance around PE, school sport and physical activity to create more ‘active schools’.
Active Lives Survey

Sport England launched the new school-based Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People in September 2017 to measure participation in sport and physical activity among children in school years 1 to 11.

For more information specifically around the background of the survey please see Sport England’s website.

How Does it Apply to Birmingham?

As the Active Partnership for Birmingham, we are tasked by Sport England to get in touch with 8 or 9 pre-selected schools in the city each term to take part in the survey.

If you are one of the pre-selected schools, we will contact you via your Headteacher and a lead of PE within your school (if this is obvious from your website). If you receive contact please follow the instructions detailed and we will start the process of conducting the survey with you.

The Department for Education released information in July 2019 about the new Healthy Schools Rating Scheme for schools in England. Completion of the Active Lives Children Survey will allow your school to be given a rating for the physical activity element of the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme.

If you haven’t been pre-selected and would like your school to take part then please get in touch with Jayne Piller at jayne.piller@sportbirmingham.org

Pre-selected Schools

Pre-selected schools will be asked to conduct the survey with 1 class from around 2 or 3 year groups. The year groups are also pre-selected and we have to choose the class, you as a school cannot choose the year group or class that the survey is administered to.

Further information and resources

Find further information for schools and downloadable resources here.

Playwaze for schools

Playwaze and Sport Birmingham have come together to make it easy for children and young people to get active in Birmingham.

Playwaze for Schools connects activity providers.

Playwaze for Schools makes it simple for children and young people to get active. We put all the opportunities for young people to get involved in sport and activity in one place. By connecting your school, you provide parents and young people direct access to local activities straight from your school website.

We’re offering all schools in Birmingham a QuickSearch widget for free for 12 months. The widget allows pupils to search for activities and places to play in their local area. Schools will not only receive the widget, we’ll also provide everything you need to get people engaged and active. You’ll get a launch pack with instructions on how to set up your widget and social content to get the word out to your school. We’ll also send you our monthly newsletter with fresh content to keep your school engaged and active.

All you need to do to get your QuickSearch widget for free is use the promo code: BHAM2022 when filling out the form to connect your school.

Click here to connect your school.

Birmingham School Games – overview

The School Games is an exciting nationwide initiative designed to continue the magic of the London 2012 Olympics through School Sport Competition.

The School Games programme is a celebration of competitive school sport and culture by creating a year-round calendar of competition for all young people in years 3 to 13 across the city that will inspire them to get involved in competitive school sport.

It also provides opportunities to get involved, not just as participants, but also in other areas such as event organisation, officiating, volunteering and cultural activities.

The School Games initiative is made up of four levels of activity:

  • Intra-school competition – sports competition for all students in each school.
  • Local cluster inter-school event – coordinated by School Games Organisers across the city.
  • City-wide school competitions and festivals – a city finals event for competitions or open developmental festivals for selected schools
  • A National multi-sports festival – held every 2 years and delivered by Youth Sport Trust.

Sport Birmingham support the delivery of the School Games across Birmingham by working closely with the network of School Games Organisers and coordinating the city-wide competitions and festivals.

What are the Birmingham School Games challenges?

One of our Birmingham School Games Challenges which allows school pupils to continue participating in the School Games from home with easy to set-up, personal challenges to develop skills.

Click here for more challenges

The Birmingham School Games Challenges are virtual online challenges for children across the city. This provides an opportunity to engage with the School Games throughout the summer term. These virtual challenges focus on a different sport each week and encourage school children across the city to get involved and stay active whilst at home or at school. The challenges are designed to keep children moving and provide them with the opportunity to continue developing their sporting skills. Each challenge requires minimal equipment and can be done at school, home or in the garden along with friends, parents or siblings so everyone can get involved in the School Games!

To get involved in these challenges, please register at www.sgochallenge.com

The Birmingham School Games, along with many other events and programmes, needed to adapt this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Birmingham School Games Organisers and Sport Birmingham were determined to ensure that children and young people across the city were still able to be involved, develop their skills and try different sport challenges. As a result, the Birmingham School Games Challenges were developed and school pupils across the city were able to take part in 10 weeks of sports challenges that could be completed at home and with minimal equipment.

As a project endorsed by United by Birmingham 2022, the challenges began on Monday 1st June and ran for 10 weeks, with a different sport focus and 3 challenges to complete each week. Over 4,500 users from 170 schools across the city registered to be involved, while the website (www.sgochallenge.com) received 16,500 views over the course of the challenges.

Click here to read more or download the below impact report.

For more information on getting involved, please contact your local School Games Organiser.

How do you register for the Birmingham School Games Challenges?

Click here to register

You will be asked for an invite code which can be received by contacting your school or you can email schools@sportbirmingham.org with the school name and we will send you the correct code.

Once you have your invite code, just follow the instructions and you’re ready to go!

School Games organisers

Find the Your School Games website here. Once registered on here you will be able to find your local area’s competition calendar plus much more.

If you have any further school games enquiries please contact your local School Games Organiser detailed below, or us here at Sport Birmingham.

SGO Contact Details
Area School Games Organiser Contact
Central Hannah Reed h.reed@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk
Kings Heath Boys Elliott Weston e.weston@khb.bham.sch.uk
Bishop Challoner Derek McDermott d.mcdermott@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk
Clifton Primary Robin Simpson r.simpson@cliftonprimary.bham.sch.uk
Colmers Matt Rickard mrickard@colmers.school
Hamstead Hall Jo Nightingale nightingalej@hamsteadhall.com
King Edward Aston Helen Tonks h.tonks@keaston.bham.sch.uk
Kingsbury Heather Crump schoolsportmanager@ksspcic.co.uk
Ninestiles James Richardson james.richardson@ninestiles.org.uk
Shenley Mike Stimpson michael.stimpson@E-ACT.org.uk
Wilson Stuart Faye Haworth f.haworth@wilsonstuart.co.uk

How to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in the games:

  • Volunteering
  • Competing
  • Cultural Competitions

You can find out more about the School Games here. 

For information on how to get involved in competitions locally please contact your School Games Organiser using the details above.

Alternatively, you can contact James Grinsted at Sport Birmingham for general information or details about the Birmingham School Games.

The Daily Mile

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.

We want every child to have the opportunity to do The Daily Mile at primary school.

The Daily Mile Works!

  • It takes place in 15 minutes, with most children averaging a mile, or more, each day.
  • Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
  • There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
  • No staff training is needed and there is no extra workload for teachers.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
  • The children return to class ready to learn.
  • It helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight.
  • It encourages children to be aware of their health.
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

Read about the 10 core principles of The Daily Mile here.

Access information for schools here.

Sign up here!

Active Learning Time in Physical Education: The SHARP Principles – Teaching Resources

Source: Newman University

The SHARP Principles (Powell, Woodfield and Nevill, 2016) have been designed to help teachers and coaches to increase the amount of time children engage in physical activity during primary physical education lessons. The SHARP Principles place a focus on active learning time in lessons which provides the children with opportunities to practice their movement skills. Practitioners can apply the SHARP Principles to their existing planning.

The SHARP Principles have increased moderate to vigorous physical activity in PE lessons to 75% (average) of lesson time and are the most effective in comparison with similar strategies.

We have developed resources which are available free of charge to support practitioners with the planning and delivery of active physical education lessons. Practitioners can view the YouTube video here and request the resource cards from our online store.

We hope to offer teacher workshops in the future which will be advertised via social media.

Click here to watch video

Access our SHARP free resource cards from our e-store

Change 4 Life Healthy Year Calendar

This colourful and engaging interactive calendar features exciting activities to help you inspire your class to eat well and move more.

Don’t forget to keep track of your class’ progress by saving your changes after you click to reveal the joke, riddle or fun fact of the week.

Download the KS1 and KS2 Calendars here.

Pathway to Podium
The Pathway to Podium initiative has been endorsed by United by Birmingham 2022.

What is Pathway to Podium?

The Pathway to Podium initiative has been designed to recognise and encourage schools’ contribution to Physical Education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA).

It celebrates the positive work that schools are delivering in terms of PESSPA and supports schools to improve their offer for the benefit of children and young people.

Pathway to Podium is available for all schools across Birmingham and is designed to use the 2022 Commonwealth Games as a tool to increase the opportunities for young people to be active for a minimum of 60 minutes every day.

How does Pathway to Podium work?

Pathway to Podium will provide a set of criteria across 5 key areas of PROFILE, PARTICIPATION, PERFORMANCE, PEOPLE and PLACES.

Schools will complete an initial self-assessment on each of the 5 key areas and receive a rating (bronze, silver or gold) based on their responses. Schools will need to evidence key strategies they have implemented, the impact this has had on the outcomes and progress for young people and their plans for future development.

Schools will be supported to develop an action plan that enhances their school offer in PESSPA and improves the outcomes for young people. Schools will be encouraged to re-assess on a yearly basis to evidence improvements and prioritise further developments.

How do schools get involved?

The Pathway to Podium initiative is open to all schools in Birmingham.

Please read the Overview document below that summarises the initiative and the process involved to ensure schools are supported throughout and can use the initiative as a successful development tool for your school’s PESSPA offer.

The initial Self-assessment documents are located below, differentiated by Primary, Secondary and All-Through schools.

If you wish to find out more information or have any further questions, please email schools@sportbirmingham.org

View the Pathway to Podium overview document.

Primary School Documents

If your school is a primary school then please use the below documents. Please complete your self-assessment, save and submit the completed document via email to schools@sportbirmingham.org

Secondary School Documents

If your school is a secondary school please use the below documents. Please complete your self-assessment, save and submit the completed document via email to schools@sportbirmingham.org

All-Through Schools

If your school is an all-through school please use the documents below. Please complete your self-assessment, save and submit the completed document via email to schools@sportbirmingham.org

View the 2020/21 Impact Summary


Click here to find out more about Pathway to Podium
School Youth Development & Activity Fund

The YDAF is a small grants investment that supports schools to deliver sport or physical activity alongside support, training, and/or mentoring.

The purpose of the fund is to ensure young people are given opportunities to lead healthy and active lifestyles, as well as strengthen the relationships between schools and their communities.

YDA clubs will provide young people with positive, enjoyable experiences which make it easier for them to become active.


Schools can apply for up to £4,500 to deliver any activity that engages audiences in positive experiences.

Activities must take place weekly and run for a minimum of 24 weeks (breaks can be implemented if delivery is not possible throughout school holidays)

Priority Audiences / Ages

The age ranges for this fund are 11 – 18 years.

As with all our investments, we want to maximise our impact by ensuring the projects we fund prioritise one or more of the following audiences:

  • Physically or socially inactive,
  • Disengaged or at risk of disengagement,
  • LGBT+ Community,
  • Young women and girls,
  • Diverse ethnic communities,
  • Experiencing barriers in accessing opportunities, due to:
  • Disability
  • A long-term health condition,
  • Lower socio-economic impacts,
  • Geographical area,
  • No fixed abode / no permanent status.

Additional Info

YDA clubs must take place outside of curriculum time. E.g. before or after school, or on weekends.


Applications must be submitted by a registered educational setting with the approval of the Head Teacher; or a relevant member of SLT.

We welcome partnerships between schools and community organisations (e.g. sports club), however the ‘lead applicant’ must be the educational setting.

Funding and Timescales

We are funding up to £4,500 for each project (between £500-£4,500).

The first round will run from September – December for schools in targeted wards only. There are no set deadlines for this round although we encourage schools to get their application in by the end of October.

The second round will run from January – March for all schools (including those previously targeted). Deadline for applications in round 2 will be Friday 4th February.

How to Apply?

Download the application form and guidance here.

Please submit applications to Lauren.Davies@sportbirmingham.org

We endeavour to respond to all applications within a maximum of 10 working days.

The first round of applications are now open for schools in the following wards:
Acocks Green, Allens Cross, Alum Rock, Aston, Bartley Green, Billesley, Bordesley Green, Bordesley & Highgate, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Castle Vale, Garretts Green, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Gravelly Hill, Handsworth Wood, Heartlands, Holyhead, Newtown, Nechells, Perry Barr, Perry Common, Soho & Jewellery Quarter, Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East, Stockland Green and Tyseley & Hay Mills.

Youth Mental Health Day Competition



Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round. Each year, the day aims to get young people, and those who support them, talking about how to improve mental health.


Schools Competition

What brings you joy?

Are you a budding young artist or designer? To mark youth mental health day, we are inviting young people across Birmingham to submit their poster designs on the theme of mental health and what it means for you. We are looking for creative and expressive images. A prize is up for grabs for the winning entry! So, who’s in?

Primary Schools – ‘What brings you joy?’, Secondary Schools- ‘What does mental health mean to you?’

Email your entry to schools@sportbirmingham by 7th October – don’t forget to include your age and contact details to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The winning entry will be announced on 18th October.


Our top 3 favourite posters will win:

1st Place – £30 Sports Direct Voucher

2nd Place – £20 Sports Direct Voucher

3rd Place – £10 Sports Direct Voucher

#YMHD #connect meaningfully #wellbeing


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