Briar Hill recognised for Sporting Progress at DRET Summer Cup

Pupils at Briar Hill Primary School are celebrating after scooping the Sporting Progress Award at the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Summer Cup – the biggest event within the network’s sporting calendar. 

The incredible 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 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, Briar Hill were presented with the prestigious Sporting Progress Award with 12 points more than their overall score last year.

Pupils from Cedar Road Primary School were crowned the DRET Summer Cup Primary Champions, whilst Fairfield Academy took home silver and Welton CE Academy 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.”

Janey Cooksley, Headteacher at Briar Hill, said: “To win the Sporting Progress Award is a fantastic achievement for our pupils.

“They have all tried their very best on the day and their efforts have well and truly paid off. 

“The children already cannot wait to compete in next year’s spectacular event.”