Celebration time for Grammar School’s sports stars

The winners with special guest Sam Olver.
The winners with special guest Sam Olver.
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Spalding Grammar School’s annual sports celebration evening highlighted team success and individual brilliance.

Speakers from each year group wrote a speech to summarise their season and delivered it with confidence.

These were James Clark, Harrison Burrows, Harry Burchnall, James Stuffins and Luke Russon.

Full colours were awarded to a number of students and for each year group nominations and winners of the prestigious ‘Sportsman of the Year’ were presented. Videos displaying the school sporting trips to Amsterdam (football), Barbados (cricket) and La Thuile (skiing) were also shown.

Additional speeches were given to outline the broader view of school sport.

Brothers Casey and Corey Lewis talked about how the school had supported them with their elite performance in football and rugby. Both reflected on the mentoring and subject support they had received to maintain strong performance both on and off the pitch.

Dan Dougill outlined how Spalding Grammar School also promotes participation in sport through their broad inter-house programme.

There were emotional moments when former student Adam Cousins and colleague Sam Walker were remembered following their unsuccessful battles with cancer.

Two new awards were presented in their memory – the Adam Cousins Award for GCSE excellence (given to Joshua Burrows) and the Sam Walker Endurance Award (given to Bradley Spurdens).

Two more new awards were presented in recognition of support from two former parents.

The Paul Holmes Trophy was presented to Patrick Harrington and Jonny Manton for their cricketing excellence.

The Paul Kirby Award was won by Alex Richardson for his footballing commitment.

Special guest for the evening was Northampton Saints and England under-20 rugby player Sam Olver.

He gave an inspirational speech about his experiences of school sport and the links and benefits sport can give to people in other facets of life.

Retiring headteacher Nigel Ryan closed the evening by reflecting on the continuous improvement PE and school sport has made in his 11 years of headship.

Director of sport Dave Venables said: “This annual event is a fantastic chance for everyone to celebrate school sport at SGS.

“A tremendous amount of work goes into organising this evening and running a successful school sport programme throughout the year. Seeing the students 
collecting their prizes makes all that worthwhile. Having more awards presented than ever shows that school sport at SGS continues to grow.”