Incredible sporting talent showcased at the DRET Summer Cup

Students from Barnes Wallis Academy had an incredible day when they competed in this year’s David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Summer Cup – the biggest event within the network’s sporting calendar.

The annual sporting festival, held at the Grantham Meres Stadium in Lincolnshire, saw over 1,400 students from across the Trust compete in a number of events including athletics, swimming, hockey, boccia and table tennis, in a bid to secure the prestigious title.

The spectacular event welcomed a number of sporting stars to inspire and support the students as they represented their academies with pride. The star-studded line-up included the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson CBE, Crista Cullen MBE, Goldie Sayers, and Joe Roebuck.

Following tense competition, students from Malcolm Arnold Academy were crowned the DRET Summer Cup Secondary Champions, whilst Lodge Park Academy took home silver and Skegness Grammar School claimed third place. 

Five-time Olympic gold medallist rower and this year’s VIP Special Guest, Sir Steve Redgrave, was impressed with the talent he saw. 

He said: “I have seen some outstanding performances and thrilling medal celebrations, but there were also students that were just so proud to compete and be part of this incredible event.

“Getting involved in sport is such an important part of a child’s education. From health and wellbeing to developing important communication skills, not only does sport prepare young people for living in a competitive world, but it also plays a vital part in bringing communities together.

“The mutual respect and sportsmanship I have witnessed amongst competitors today has been wonderful to see."

Former Olympic hurdler and BBC commentator, Colin Jackson, also returned to the Summer Cup for the second year as the event’s official commentator. Colin was on hand to interview students throughout the day, whilst live footage was aired on the largest TV screen in the UK.

Speaking about his Summer Cup experience, Colin Jackson commented: “It has been so inspiring to see the students really engaging with sport and giving it their all.

“The real camaraderie on show has been very special, and that’s exactly what makes sport so great. They have all done a fantastic job of cheering on their team mates and encouraging them to push themselves to the limit and to do their very best.”