Grimsby's Havelock Academy secures second place in prestigious Winter Cup shield

More than 1,000 secondary school students from across the David Ross Education Trust showcased their incredible sporting talent as they competed for this year’s Winter Cup. 


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. 


Students from across the East Midlands, East of England and London travelled to the David Ross Sports Village based on the University campus for the spectacular event.


This was the first major sporting event for students at the Trust’s brand new Bobby Moore Academy, which is based in the heart of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, since the academy opened its doors for the first time last month. 


A number of sports stars were in attendance at the Winter Cup to cheer on the students and provide them with valuable advice, including former England International footballer Sue Smith, and England Roses netball stars Britt Coleman and Rebekah Airey.

Following tense competition, Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy were announced the winners of the first ever Winter Cup Shield. Grimsby’s Havelock Academy were awarded second place within the Winter Cup Shield, whilst Boston’s Thomas Middlecott Academy earned a respectable third place.


Meanwhile, Grimsby’s Humberston Academy were crowned the overall Winter Cup champions, whilst Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy gained an impressive second place and Corby’s Lodge Park Academy came in at third place. 




The Winter Cup is just one of the annual highlights within the Trust’s exclusive sports and enrichment programme that aims to motivate and encourage young people to develop their passions and discover their talents. 


By providing an array of outstanding experiences, the Trust supports talented athletes, encouraging them to excel at the highest of standards. 


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Events such as the Winter Cup not only provide an incredible sporting platform for our students to shine, but they also encourage them to interact with each other and learn about the importance of commitment and determination.


“I was pleased to see all students competing with such pride and passion. It was particularly exciting to welcome students from our Bobby Moore Academy in London to their first ever Trust-wide sporting event.


“Many congratulations to all of the students who took part. It was fantastic to witness the sheer amount of talent we host across the Trust’s schools.”