Victorious pupils from Skegness Grammar School won a top trophy in front of VIP guests recently.
They were competing in the David Ross Education Trust’s annual Winter Cup, taking on secondary academies from across the organisation.
The tournament took place at The University of Nottingham and guests included England’s second most-capped netball star Karen Atkinson, Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow and football freestyler Francis Vu.
Hundreds of young people competed in a range of sports including football, netball and wheelchair basketball in the hope of securing the David Ross Foundation Trophy.
Skegness triumphed in the face of fierce competition, with Humberston Academy second and Havelock third. Both those schools are in North East Lincolnshire.
Assistant headteacher Amanda Black said it was sweet revenge after Skegness missed out on last year’s trophy by one point.
“Everybody fought incredibly hard to ensure it was not going to happen again,” she said.
“They put in a phenomenal amount of effort and produced consistently high performances.
“While there were many great displays, credit must go to the Year 8 football team who overcame a dreaded penalty shoot-out to secure their league.”
Their captain Nathan Raistrick said: “It was a really difficult day because all the teams in our group worked well together, but we had trained hard for the event and were confident we would win.”
Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the DRET, said: “It was a remarkable day in which all students have done their academies extremely proud.
“It is clear that everyone has been working and training very hard to ensure the event was a great success.”