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Local Academy Triumphs Over 10 Schools in Sporting Extravaganza

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  • 6th Jan 2022 10:59

Local Academy Triumphs Over 10 Schools in Sporting Extravaganza

Local Academy Triumphs Over 10 Schools in Sporting Extravaganza

Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton is crowned DRET Summer Cup Winners in Trust-Wide Competition 


A local academy triumphed over 10 other schools in the country to be crowned champions of a trust-wide sporting competition last week. Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton, part of the David Ross Education Trust, participated in the 8th annual DRET Summer Cup and returned to the fields after a one year hiatus due to the pandemic. 


The event was held at the Grantham Meres Stadium and saw over 1250 students aged 8–16, representing DRET academies from London to Hull, compete for victory. Events took place across a range of different sports, including track and field athletics, tennis and Boccia in a bid to secure the prestigious Summer Cup 2021 title.


Malcolm Arnold outran the competition to become overall Summer Cup winners for the 7th year in a row, after a close fight with London school Bobby Moore Academy. 


The event was also attended by a number of inspirational Team GB athletes, including Jody Cundy OBE, Kare Adenegan, and Grace Clough MBE, and was hosted by Colin Jackson CBE. The sporting stars spent the day speaking to students, watching them race, and imparting words of sporting wisdom to inspire the next generation of athletes. 


The DRET Summer Cup is made possible by the multi-academy trust’s Inspiration Fund, which creates life-changing experiences for over 13,000 young people in schools across the country part of the David Ross Education Trust. It funds the enrichment programme that sits at the heart of the organisation and encourages students to become confident, well-rounded young people who will be valued members of society. 


The DRET Enrichment programme is the only programme of its kind in the state sector and gives DRET students access to the kinds of events and experiences normally only available at independent fee-paying schools. Events and initiatives include the DRET Summer and Winter Cup, Music Festivals, Talent Days with specialist musicians and elite athletes, Mentoring programmes, and state-of-the-art sporting facilities, to name a few. 


Shane Ward, Director of Sports at the David Ross Education Trust, said: 

“It was absolutely fantastic to have our students back out on the fields competing again, and a huge congratulations to Malcolm Arnold for being crowned this year’s secondary champions. Excellent sporting provision is one of the hallmarks of a DRET education, and we are thrilled to have our offer back in full swing this year. 

“We focus heavily on sports and enrichment opportunities because children with broad horizons enjoy improved attendance, are better equipped for the workplace, become better world citizens and perform better in their studies. This includes aligning enrichment with our curriculum to ensure the greatest impact and continuing to develop the case of enrichment to transform outcomes and improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils”.

“Congratulations again to MAA, we look forward to seeing them compete at our other Trust wide showcase events throughout the academic year .”

Stuart Burns, CEO of the David Ross Education Trust, said: 

“Sport is an essential aspect of life at our academies, and the Summer Cup has always been a day of joy and excitement across our 34 academies. The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. It increases self-esteem, highlights the importance of team work and engages and motivates young people. We are delighted to have a return to this offer, and congratulations to Malcolm Arnold for being crowned this year’s victors.”