DRET Spring Cup inspires
Students at Thomas Middlecott Academy competed for the Spring Cup at the University of Nottingham, home to the brand new David Ross Sports Village.
Supported by Olympic gold medallist Crista Cullen, and former England rugby star Chris Jones, the Trust’s most talented rugby and hockey players were brought together to compete for the prestigious title.
Not put off by the challenging weather conditions, which included heavy rain and hail, every student played their part with pride and passion.
Both sporting heroes were extremely impressed with the talent showcased throughout the day.
Crista Cullen praised the event for giving young people the chance to take part in competitive sport. She commented: “I think it is so important for elite athletes to be in the grassroots, hitting the masses and events like the DRET Spring Cup are a great way to do that.
“We’ve seen a 50% increase in the number of people playing hockey on the back of Team GB’s success in Rio. We don’t want this momentum to end.
“It is fantastic to see talented young people progressing, being inspired to pick up a hockey stick for the very first time or developing their talents to reach the next level. Congratulations to everyone that took part in this event.“
The annual event is an incredible opportunity for sports enthusiasts, as it helps to give students a focus, to build their game and challenge themselves through sporting events.
Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager at DRET, said: “Our students showed great commitment through some tense competition and challenging weather conditions.
“With the amount of talent on show throughout the day, it is clear that DRET students are inspired to push themselves through sport, working together with their teammates to represent their academies. ”