Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis handed out prizes to Northampton students at the David Ross Education Trust’s (DRET) Summer Cup.
Malcolm Arnold Academy and Cedar Road Primary School were named winners for the second year running at the festival of competitive sport held at the Grantham Meres Sports Stadium.
The competition saw students and pupils from across DRET’s network of more than 30 academies compete in a series of events including athletics, swimming, hockey, boccia and table tennis. Kings Heath Primary Academy, Briar Hill Primary School, Eastfield Academy and The Arbours Primary Academy also competed at the event.
Olympic Gold medallist, Denise Lewis OBE, said: “I am so honoured to be part of this inspiring event. Being exposed to sport at a young age is so important and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I had not been involved in sporting activities.
“What’s great about the Summer Cup is that by bringing these academies together they have the opportunity to experience a high level of competition.”
As well as meeting the Olympic champion, students also had the opportunity to be interviewed by former gymnast and renowned TV presenter, Gabby Logan.
In a close fought event, Malcolm Arnold Academy and Cedar Road Primary School managed to retain their titles as the overall Summer Cup champions.
Chris Steed, headteacher at Malcolm Arnold Academy, said: “This year we have seen some incredible individual performances but the Summer Cup is all about being united as an academy. I know this year’s event was described as the biggest and best one yet and so we are very proud to be bringing home the trophy.”
Kay Gerrett, headteacher at Cedar Road Primary School, added: “I am so proud of our fantastic team. There were a lot of talented pupils this year. Finding out that we won was the perfect end to what was a truly amazing day.”