Skegness Academy was the pride of Lord’s last week after being honoured for its sporting achievements in 2012 at the Aviva School Sport Matters Awards.
Having been highly commended in the State School of the Year category, pupils Kenzie and Gemma Gray picked up the award on behalf of the school along with teachers Jamie Kilner and Samantha Fieldman.
Olympic and Paralympic legends past and present – including Jessica Ennis, Sarah Storey, Christine Ohuruogu, Duncan Goodhew and Jonathan Edwards – rubbed shoulders with the school’s representatives.
And Fieldman, Skegness Academy’s school sports co-ordinator, admitted that their commendation was largely down to their continued hard work in the face of reduced funding.
“The government cuts were a really tough moment for us as a school,” said Fieldman.
“Our school teams play a lot of their fixtures against schools that are as many as 30 or 40 miles away and as you can imagine that racks up the expense.
“But we as a staff decided we could not allow these opportunities to just disappear so we have worked as hard as possible to keep it happening.
“And it’s not just matches, we work with in partnership with lots of primary schools in the area and it has been a real labour of love to keep all of this going.
“So to be recognised for the hard work is a fantastic feeling and in an Olympic year like this one we want to try and build on our success.”
The Aviva and Daily Telegraph School Sport Matters Awards recognise outstanding achievements in school sport across the country and are part of Aviva’s wider commitment to support the next generation of British sporting talent.For more information go to aviva.co.uk/rugby-sponsorship.