Pupils from Bringhurst Primary School compete for the David Ross Education Trust Primary Cup

Primary pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust’s 14 southern primary academies competed in this year’s Primary Cup, held at Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy, thanks to the support of the Trust’s Inspiration Fund.

The annual competition saw young sports stars from Northampton’s Briar Hill Primary SchoolCedar Road Primary SchoolEastfield AcademyKings Heath Primary AcademyMalcolm Arnold Preparatory School and The Arbours Primary Academy, Daventry’s Abbey CE AcademyFalconer’s Hill AcademyNewnham Primary Schooland Welton CE Academy, Kettering’s Greenfields Primary School, Corby’s Rockingham Primary School, Market Harborough’s Bringhurst Primary School and Grantham’s Ingoldsby Academy, taking part in football and netball tournaments in an attempt to take home the prestigious title.

During an impressive opening ceremony, pupils were treated to an exciting performance from Malcolm Arnold Academy’s dance troupe. World record holding football freestyler, Dan Magness, was also on hand as he wowed the crowds with his incredible freestyling skills.

Loughborough Lightning netballer, Natalie Panagarry, was in attendance throughout the competition to cheer on the pupils and provide valuable advice. 

The contest hosted tough competition, but it was Greenfields Primary School who took home the south title for the first time. Cedar Road Primary Academy secured second place, and Briar Hill Primary School finished in a respectable third place. 


The annual Primary Cup is just one of the highlights within the Trust’s pioneering sports and enrichment programme that aims to motivate young people to be the best they can be, and allows sports enthusiasts to progress and compete against other teams, whilst developing many important life skills along the way. 

The tournament helps to give primary school pupils a focus for their sporting development, to build their game and challenge themselves through a number sporting events held throughout the year. 

Alex Green, Primary Sports Enrichment Coordinator at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This year’s Primary Cup in Northampton has been a real success, and it was fantastic to see the pupils displaying such great sportsmanship during the competition. 

“Our annual Trust-wide sporting events, which are supported by the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, are a really important part of life within our schools. These events bring our pupils together and encourage them to perform to the best of their ability.

“Congratulations to all of our pupils that took part. I have been left extremely impressed by high level of enthusiasm shown by our primary pupils throughout the day.”


The David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund aims to enhance the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme by delivering thousands of new inspirational learning opportunities, encouraging over 12,000 students from across the network to develop their passions and discover their talents. 

If you would like to find out more about the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, or would like to lend your help in supporting this fantastic cause, please contact Geoff Sweeney, Head of Fundraising at the David Ross Education Trust by emailing GSweeney@dret.co.uk

You can also donate via the Trust’s JustGiving page, where all proceeds will help the Trust in its mission to provide a world-class education for every student.