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Middlesbrough school hosts foundation ‘Olympics’

Family ties turned into friendly sibling rivalry on the pitch when four sister schools came together for a festival of sport.

EC - KA - football 1The annual Emmanuel Schools Foundation ‘Olympics’ brings together students from across the year groups and from across the north in a day of competition.

It was the turn of The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, to host the get-together, welcoming students from Bede Academy, in Blyth, Emmanuel College, Gateshead, and Trinity Academy, from Thorne, near Doncaster.

Year 7 students took part in cross country, Year 8 girls in netball, Year 9 fought for the honours in football and hockey, Year 10 in rugby and sixth formers stayed indoors for a volleyball tournament.

As well as each school bringing PE teachers and coaches, the day was supported by local officials.

Director of sport at The King’s Academy Chris Lynch said:

We’re very grateful for the support of our PE colleagues from the other ESF schools and referees from Acklam Rugby Club, Marton Hockey Club and Grangetown netball.

“We had a great day in good Spring conditions and saw some outstanding talent and excellent sportsmanship.”

After all the competitions, Bede Academy led the overall standings followed by The King’s Academy, Emmanuel College and Trinity Academy.

After a match tea provided by The King’s Academy, principal David Dawes told the students:

What a fantastic day with high levels of endeavour, activity and competitive team spirit which you can take and use profitably in your own lives and in the service of others.”

Assistant vice principal of Trinity Academy Andrew Thurlow said:

EC - KA hockey 2The King’s have been excellent hosts and all the students love having the chance to represent their school.

“For the boys playing rugby it was especially important as the competition contributes towards selection for a place on the prestigious ESF Lions squad later this year so they really played their socks off.”

Instead of a winner’s trophy, the ‘Olympics’ cup gets passed on to the next school to host the competition which, in 2017, is Emmanuel College.