“Magnificent” Summer Cup is a triumph
Students from Charles Read Academy took part in this year’s David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Summer Cup, a festival of sport that recognises and celebrates the talent and dedication of the Trust’s sporting stars.
Held at the Grantham Meres Stadium in Lincolnshire, the event was bigger and better than ever, with a star-studded line-up to match. Sports stars in attendance included Roger Black MBE, Colin Jackson CBE, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Mark Lewis-Francis MBE, Marlon Devonish MBE and Beth Tweddle MBE.
The event saw secondary academies compete in a number of events, including athletics, table tennis, boccia, swimming and tennis. Colin Jackson, former Olympic hurdler and BBC commentator, was also on hand to interview the students after their events – with footage being played on the largest TV screen in the UK.
For the third year running, Malcolm Arnold Academy won the secondary title, with Lodge Park Academy taking silver and Humberston Academy in third place.
Colin Jackson said of the day: “I heard a lot of great things about the Summer Cup and I have not been disappointed – it was a magnificent day.
“It was an immense pleasure to meet so many talented students who have the same enthusiasm for sport that I did at their age.
“Everyone played their part and tried their absolute best, which is all you can ask for in sport and in life.”
David Ross, Sponsor, commented: “It was incredibly pleasing to see the most talented students from across the Trust come together and celebrate sport.
“This was the biggest Summer Cup to date and all of the students raised the bar with their hard work and dedication.
“I am very thankful to all of the esteemed guests who came to watch, including the sporting superstars who gave up their time to offer advice and take photos with the students.”