Students witness history as they attend the IAAF World Championships

Following an inspirational year of sporting achievement, 40 students from the David Ross Education Trust’s secondary academies witnessed history as they were given an incredible opportunity to attend the IAAF World Championships in London this weekend.


Students from Charles Read Academy, Charnwood College, Lodge Park Academy, Malcolm Arnold Academy, Skegness Grammar School and Thomas Middlecott Academy were selected to attend as a result of their outstanding commitment to sport shown throughout the academic year.


The event, which was held at the London Stadium situated within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, saw some of the world’s most inspirational sporting icons, including Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, take to the stage in a host of athletics events.


Aspiring athletes from the Trust’s secondary academies across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire were in awe as they watched Team GB’s gold medal winning team compete in the Men’s 4 x 100m relay, while the women’s team fought on for the silver medal.


During the event, students were also able to witness the progress being made at the David Ross Education Trust’s brand new school, Bobby Moore Academy, which is situated in the heart of the Olympic Park. As the academy prepares to welcome the first cohort of Year 7 students this September, the event is an incredible reminder of the inspirational sporting facilities which the students have access to.


Following the outstanding event, a student at Charnwood College said: “We had such an amazing time, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend such a high-profile sporting event.


“It has really motivated me to focus on improving, as today I’ve witnessed first hand what can be achieved if I continue to work hard in my studies and on my sport and push myself to be the best I can be.”


Outstanding opportunities


This incredible opportunity, which was made possible by the David Ross Education Trust’s partnership with Team GB, is one of the many events within the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme that aims to motivate and encourage young people to develop their talents and discover their passions.


Last year, Tom Jarvis, a Year 11 student at Skegness Grammar School, was selected to compete as part of Team GB’s table tennis team during the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Sport is such a significant part of our students’ lives. Not only does it develop teamwork and friendships, it also encourages our students to reach their full potential through sheer determination and commitment.


“This is just one of the inspiring opportunities available within the Trust’s Sports Enrichment Programme, which supports many talented athletes across our network of academies.


“Watching the IAAF World Championships was a truly inspirational trip for the students, and one I am sure they will never forget.”