The Olympic Values


“Our SSP is determined to use the London Olympics legacy to inspire young people into participating in Sport.”
— Natalie Mallinson, School Games Organiser

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement saw in the Olympic Games an ideal opportunity to develop a set of universal principles – or Values – that could be applied to education and to society as a whole, as well as to sport itself.

These values are therefore crucial to the School Games:

  • Respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment

  • Excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives

  • Friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences