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Sporting scholarship award
Ashes winners Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann and Notts CC captain, Chris Read, discussed everything from the new
England captain and the IPL to Nottinghamshire CC’s hopes for the 2017 season as they inspired students and guests at the annual Trent College, Nottinghamshire, Sporting Dinner.
The trio, with compere BBC Test Match Special’s Charles Dagnall asking the questions, provided
a fascinating insight into their thoughts on all the hot topics
in world cricket as £6,000 was raised for the evening’s two nominated charities, The Broad Appeal for the MND Association and Trent College’s Kenya Schools Partnership.
With a number of Trent College’s brightest sporting talents in attendance, Broad, Swann and Read also revealed some of the lessons they learnt as they established themselves as top class players, and shared their advice for younger players trying to make a way in both
cricket and other top level sports.
The Broad Appeal was set up by Stuart, his ex-England cricketer father, Chris and sister Gemma to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease in memory of Chris’ late wife, and the siblings’ stepmother, Miche, who had battled the disease.
Trent College’s Kenya School’s Partnership works with both Gowan Mount View Academy and Nyacaba Primary School in the village of Thika, 30 miles from Nairobi.
This year a new kitchen, supported by Trent College fundraising, will become operational at Nyacaba as part
of a plan for every pupil to get
a drink of porridge to give them the energy they need to achieve to the best of their ability at school. Other projects include laying a concrete  oor and raising funds for necessities such as desks and chairs to help pupils get a good education and a better start in life.
A Derby High School student is celebrating after being selected by three top athletes to receive a prestigious sporting scholarship award.
Cyclist Sarah Briggs, 15, was presented with a Squadkit Scholarship by Olympic hockey player Chloe Rogers during a special assembly at Derby High School.
Sarah was selected for the award by Chloe and fellow Olympic hockey player Hollie Webb, as well as former Scottish Rugby player Jason White.
The scholarship is yet another success for the teenager who has also scooped the title of U-15s National Hill Climbing Champion.
Alastair Bennett, from Squadkit, congratulated Sarah on her achievement.
He said: “The Squadkit award is simply a way of trying to recognise someone who we believe is dedicated to their sport and has the ambition to go further and will hopefully represent their country in the future. We hope the scholarship will help in some way to Sarah achieving her goals in her sport.”
Before presenting the prize to Sarah, Chloe talked to students at Derby High School about her career before running a series of workshops.
Judith Hancock, Head of PE at Derby High School, (pictured right with Sarah centre and Chloe) said: “The scholarship, which is worth around £2,500 a year, will help fund Sarah’s travel costs, fees and bike purchases – a fantastic boost for her elite pathway journey. Derby High is very proud of her.”
National champs
St Faith’s Prep School, Kent, triumphed at the ISA U11 National Football tournament held last month (March) with
a 7-1 score against Oak eld.
On the way the boys faced opposition from Hull Collegiate, St Margaret’s Prep, and Alleyn Court amongst others.
Rough Runner obstacle race
Pictured: England cricketers Graeme Swann, Chris Read and Stuart Broad are joined by Trent College students with Trent College Head of Cricket, Scott Boswell and school Head, Mr Bill Penty
The obstacle race was set within Rendcomb College’s 230 acre countryside estate and was sponsored by the sportswear brand Squadkit. Crossing
through the River Churn at two points, following a forest trail, scrambling over hay bales and enjoying a very muddy water slide ensured the children all crossed the  nish line with smiles on their faces.
Sporting Dinner
Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire held its  rst ever “Rough Runner Challenge” obstacle race for Year
7 pupils from Prep Schools around the country.
The Rendcomb Rough Runner Challenge saw more than 100 11-year-olds from Rendcomb College, Dean Close, Kitebrook House, Bredon, Castle Court, Daneshill and Bruern Abbey follow the 2.5 kilometre off- road trail. Kitebrook House took
home the girls’ team trophy while the Dean Close boys achieved both the fastest team time and individual time.
Rendcomb’s Head of College, Rob Jones, awarded the prizes and
said: “This event is precisely what Rendcomb College is all about; team work, comradery, adventure and overcoming challenges. All of the participants were a true credit to their schools and all approached the course and each obstacle as a team.”
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