We are delighted to announce that Blackpool Sixth has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2023/24 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We are thrilled to have been recognised for our success.

Our students are our priority, and we strive to provide them with great experiences both in and out of the classroom. We tailor our 6Xtra (Enrichment) programme to meet the needs of all our students. This week alone, our Sports Leaders have been exceptional, supporting Active Blackpool in the delivery of the Blackpool Youth Games. They supported 27 events over 5 days, impacting 2,378 children from our local community.

With a significant number of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders, and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce, and clubs. We are pleased that the hard work of everyone at Blackpool Sixth has been rewarded this year.

Steve Legge, Blackpool Sixth Sport and Enrichment Development Officer, said, "This award is great recognition of what the students do in the community as part of the leadership activities."

Tim Craven, Head of Sport, Tourism, and Protective Services, added, "Having witnessed the students first hand at the last day of the week-long Blackpool Youth Games, the recognition is richly deserved."

We look forward to applying once again in 2025!