The OAT Sports Cup 2017

Seven academies across OAT joined together on 6 July at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke on Trent, to compete in the prestigious OAT Sports Cup.

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Over 700 students and staff took part in the annual sporting event, where academies and students competed against one another for cups, trophies and medals across a whole variety of events, including athletics, dancing, team sports and most importantly, the tug of war.

The event was sponsored by Zurich Municipal, The SchoolBus Foundation and the Trust itself. The day was organised by the OAT Enrichment Team and led by Allie Bryan from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) in Stoke on Trent.

Ormiston Horizon Academy claimed victory as the winners of the overall Athletics, Sports and School Cups. Tenbury High Ormiston Academy achieved highly in the track events and OSSMA took the win for their fantastic dance performance. Awards were also given for Dance, Futsal, Touch Rugby, Mixed Cricket, Girls Netball, Boys Handball and Tug of War.

The event has been a real success over the past two years, and OAT and the Enrichment Team will continue to establish the Sports Cup as an annual OAT event, extending the offer and school involvement across the wider network. OAT champions its Enrichment Charter, which aims to enrich the lives of students by raising aspirations and broadening horizons.

The academies which were involved in the sporting event included Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews, Ormiston Horizon Academy, George Salter Academy, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Tenbury High Ormiston Academy, Ormiston Chadwick Academy and Ormiston Shelfield Academy.

Julia Hayes, Academy Development and Enrichment Manager at OAT said: "What a fantastic day, it’s so great to see so many schools and pupils here, there is a lovely atmosphere and you can see how much the children get out of the competition. We are delighted that Zurich Municipal, SchoolBus Foundation and OAT were able to provide sponsorship this year. We are hoping to run this again next year and establish it as a wider annual OAT event."

Tilden Watson, Head of Education for Zurich Municipal, one of the key sponsors for the event commented: "For me, supporting Ormiston and events such as this is a fantastic way of giving back to the community. It is great to see everyone having so much fun. I cannot believe how fast half of them run!"

Mason and Lily, students competing from Ormiston Chadwick Academy, were keen to add: "It’s been amazing, absolutely joyful… we’ve loved being competitive with other schools. It’s been fun and a fair game, we’ve really enjoyed it."