There are a number of competition opportunities for your school to get involved with, whether you just want to start off small and hold intra competitions between year groups in your own school, or compete  against other schools.

Check out the school games and the England Netball Competition information below to help get you started.

The Sainsbury’s School Games

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a unique four-level sporting competition designed to get more young people involved in competitive sport in school.

The Government has pledged an additional £11m investment for the Sainsbury’s School Games which will fund the programme in the 2015-16 academic year, and continue to inspire more young people to take up competitive sport. School netball competitions are running around the country so make sure you get involved!

In 2013-14 over 1,300 Primary and Secondary School Netball Events and Competitions took place across England so there has never been a better time to get involved.

Did you know?

  • In 2014 over 17,000 schools (65 per cent of all schools) have signed up and are part of the games an increase of 34% over the last year.
  • In 2013, over 125,000 children took part in the county finals.

The School Games aim to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport. They offer opportunities for young people to compete in intra-school, inter-school and county-level competitions.

Netball within the School Games consists of three levels of activity involving:

  • Regular intra-school competition at Level 1
  • Regular inter-school competition (usually leagues) between local schools at Level 2
  • County Festivals of Sport at Level 3

You can use our netball intra competition cards to run netball within your school either during lessons or in after school clubs.

For schools who wish to compete against other schools Level 2 events provide local league competition. Within each local area the Local Organising Committee decides what sports run and at what age group so speak to your School Games Orgainser (SGO) to find out what netball events your school can enter.

The top teams from the Level 2 event go through to the Level 3 County Final which are usually run as part of a multi-sport festival with an opening and closing ceremony.

In primary schools most areas in England are running High 5 Netball for Year 5 & 6 at Level 2 and 3. For secondary school competitions speak to your School Games Organiser.

For information on formats and to download netball resource cards visit Your School Games.

What the Teachers say…

‘Our academic success is largely due to sport, the students love it. It has helped to improve their behaviour
and attitudes and their attendance has risen because sport gets them into school.’ Headteacher, Eastbury Comprehensive School, Ofsted Report 2014 – Going the extra mile


If you have students wanting to get involved in volunteering in the Sainsbury’s School Games then we have our Young Netball Organiser and Into Officiating Award courses designed specifically to support students wanting to volunteer in events of officiating.

School Games Organisers Pack

This pack is designed to help SGOs deliver High 5 leagues and tournaments.

The following resources will support Schools Games delivery within your schools:


High 5 School Games Event Guide

High 5 Team Sheet

Order of play

High 5 Centre Pass Marker

Rotation Sheets: Squad of 7

Rotation Sheets: Squad of 8

Rotation Sheets: Squad of 9

Score Sheet

Tournament Score Cards

High 5 Result Sheet