Friday, 23rd March 2018
STUDENTS stage colourful sporting battles for school glory in an annual ‘Olympics’
STUDENTS staged colourful sporting battles for school glory in an annual ‘Olympics’ designed to forge friendships for life.
The Emmanuel Schools Foundation staged its annual sporting spectacular with Years 7-10 and sixth formers competing at hockey, rugby, football, netball, volleyball and cross-country.
Hosted this year by Trinity Academy, in Thorne, near Doncaster, the event brought together ESF’s four schools – Emmanuel College, Gateshead, The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, and Bede Academy, Blyth – in a festival of athleticism and healthy competition.
The ESF ‘Olympics’ began 15 year ago to enhance relations among students and staff of schools geographically miles apart.
Trinity teacher Marcus Stones recalled his early memories of the first games when he was a student at
“I remember travelling to The King’s Academy and being blown away by the fantastic building, the smart uniform and the students,” he said. “We had never seen anything like it in our lives and very soon, on the side-lines, we were cheering for
Trinity’s head of sport and organiser of the competition Katie O’Brien added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to organise the event, to see so many sports going on and the passion students have for their chosen disciplines, all competing fiercely but in the knowledge they are part of the same family.”
The cross-country event saw the lead switching constantly throughout the competition with
Netball was another ferociously contested competition finally won by
Hockey was a close fought battle to the end in an atmosphere of exceptional sportsmanship that saw
An intense volleyball competition saw victory go to
Overall the 2018 ‘Olympics’ crown went to