Northampton schools brings home trophy from Summer Cup

Malcolm Arnold Academy students on the podium
Malcolm Arnold Academy students on the podium
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Northampton students have celebrated a hat-trick of sporting successes at a festival of sport cheered on by Olympic super stars.

For the third consecutive year, students from Malcolm Arnold Academy and pupils from Cedar Road Primary School took home the trophy at the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Summer Cup.

Also attended by Briar Hill Primary School, The Arbours Primary Academy, Kings Heath Primary Academy and Eastfield Academy, with a star-studded line-up.

Sports stars cheering the pupils on included medallists Roger Black, Colin Jackson, Rebecca Adlington, Mark Lewis-Francis, Marlon Devonish and Beth Tweddle.

Held at the Grantham Meres Stadium, the Summer Cup is a festival of sport recognising and celebrating the talent and dedication of the DRET’s sporting stars.

The Summer Cup saw academies compete in a number of events ranging from athletics and swimming to hockey and table tennis. Colin Jackson, former Olympic hurdler and BBC commentator, was also on hand to interview the students after their races – with footage being played on the largest TV screen in the UK.

Colin Jackson said: “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.”

After some outstanding performances, two Malcolm Arnold Academy students are also celebrating after being selected for an athletics mentoring programme. Amelia McMurtrie and Vicky Godwin will now receive one-to-one coaching from British track and field athlete, Marilyn Okoro.

David Ross, Sponsor, said: “It was incredibly pleasing to see students from across the Trust to celebrate sport.”