More than 1,000 secondary school students from across the David Ross Education Trust showcased their incredible sporting talent as they competed for the Winter Cup 2017. The two-day sporting event, held at the University of Nottingham, saw the most talented students from the Trust’s eleven secondary academies compete in football and netball tournaments in a bid to secure the prestigious title.
Alumni sports stars of the University of Nottingham have celebrated the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.
Olympic table tennis champion Dr Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists, Dr Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE, were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl for the celebrations.
The £40 million sports village is a state-of-the-art facility on University Park campus. It includes an indoor fencing salle, dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts and gym.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway said the centre was the fitting environment to engage students and staff, whatever their interests, and inspire the sports stars of the future.
He said: “From David Ross’ generous donation, to the support of our Olympians, the scope and scale of alumni talent is clear. To be successful at anything takes drive, grit, determination and practice. Our alumni have been showcasing these attributes for many years and I have followed their achievements with pride, knowing Nottingham may have laid the foundations for some of their successes. Today we celebrate a physical foundation, a complex of sporting facilities to be proud of and one which will inspire the next generation of athletes.”
EXCITED schoolchildren were left thrilled by some super skills at the annual David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Primary Cup North.There were seven primary schools from across the northern DRET cluster at Havelock for the fun-packed day.Havelock Academy hosted the big event yesterday, which saw Loughborough Lightning and England netballers Jo Tripp and Natalie Panagarry and former Manchester United footballer Danny Webber helping out with special master classes for the pupils.Football freestyler Dan Magness was also there to showcase some of his ball skills to the impressed youngsters, and teach them a few new tricks!
Students from Barnes Wallis Academy are set to take part in a science documentary hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking, after filming a life-size science experiment at Tattershall Castle.
Posed with the question ‘Why Are We Here?’, 150 students took part in the experiment which was set in the grounds of the castle. The students were tasked with acting out the movements of the universe just by stepping right or left, in order to represent Hugh Everett III’s Many Worlds Theory.
The documentary, called Genius, will air on National Geographic and PBS later this year.
Jess Johnson, a student from Barnes Wallis Academy, commented: “This is an amazing experience. To be part of a science series presented by Stephen Hawking and produced by a Hollywood Director doesn’t happen every day.”
Faran Ismailpour, Assistant Producer of Genius, commented: “Every member of the bigger bang team as well as the Tattershall staff were blown away by how disciplined and amazing the students behaved during the demo.”
Emma Day, Assistant Principal and Head of Science at Barnes Wallis Academy, added: “This was a fantastic experience for our students, they thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the experiment. It was incredible to see them acting out quantum physics in real life.”