Olympic gold medallist and former London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe was at The Meres today to see hundreds of young athletes take part in the Summer Cup, including pupils from Charles Read Academy.
Lord Coe was a special guest at the sports day which brought together most of the academies sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust, of which Charles Read in Corby Glen is the latest.
About 800 pupils from all over the East Midlands took part in the sports day at the sports stadium and in the leisure centre. Lord Coe met pupils and signed autographs.
Talking to the Journal he said: “I think this is fantastic. I have spent a lot of time at sporting events and this has been very well organised. They are very competitive and there’s a great attitude from the young kids. They are all engaged in the sports and in supporting their mates.”
Lord Coe added: “I have been blown away to see so many kids doing something. I have spoken to many of them who are competing like this for the first time.”
Mr Ross, who co-founded Carphone Warehouse and is head of the David Ross Foundation, said it was fantastic to see the Summer Cup being held at The Meres. He said: “I am very excited about it and it’s great to be able to give the children the opportunity to come here and do this.”
Also at the stadium were a number of professional athletes including 2004 Olympic Gold medal winner Mark Lewis Francis, 200m sprinter Christian Malcolm and 1,500m runner Ellie Stevens.
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