Lord Coe inspires youngsters in Grantham

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London 2012 chairman and Olympic gold medallist Lord Sebastian Coe had some words of inspiration for hundreds of youngsters who took part in the Summer Cup sports event in Grantham on Monday.

Lord Coe spoke to more than 800 students who took part in the event which involved schools sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust, including the latest to join the group, Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.

Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis meets students at the Summer Cup in Grantham. 314D

Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis meets students at the Summer Cup in Grantham. 314D

Youngsters also got the opportunity to meet sports stars including Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis, Andy Turner, Jazmin Sawyers, Ellie Stevens and Hannah Hicks.

Competitions included athletics, table tennis, hockey, touch rugby, tennis and swimming.

Speaking at the event, Lord Coe said: “You will learn that there are three very important things that will come out of sport - friendship, respect and the need to drive for excellence. The friendships will start today, you will respect your fellow competitors and in striving for excellence you will ensure that you do as well as you possibly can.

“Some of you will be disappointed today because not everyone can be a winner. If you are one of the ones who are disappointed you will need to go away and think about ways you can improve and then come back and do better.”

Event sponsor David Ross, whose Foundation headquarters are in Grantham, congratulated the athletes on their hard work. He said: “I am sure we are going to have a great day of sport and that we will also enjoy a great day of sportsmanship.”