Lucky students receive video message from Lord Sebastian Coe

Lord Coe
Lord Coe

Sporting legend Lord Sebastian Coe has urged students from Lodge Park Academy to ‘Play Your Part’, in a special video message sent to pupils.

Lord Coe has sent the message to inspire pupils to get involved in a special sporting event this summer, which the two-time Olympic gold medal winner will attend.

Play Your Part is a new sports initiative, run by the academy’s sponsor the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which aims to provide additional support and incentives to encourage each student to make the most of their sporting potential.

Ben Armstrong, subject leader of PE at the Corby school, said: “Over the last six to eight months our students have had access to some incredible sporting opportunities. Our students have had the opportunity to meet Leon Baptiste (Commonwealth Gold Medalist), Debbie Flood (British Rowing Captain) Anthony Clarke (Former Great Britain Badminton Player), and we have really improved the fitness equipment and facilities here.

“It is our hope that Play Your Part encourages even more students to get involved. Having the support of someone as iconic as Lord Coe backing the scheme has got everyone at the academy buzzing.

“To compete in front of the person who helped organise our Olympics is an incredible opportunity for the students here.”

As part of the initiative, Lord Coe has accepted an invitation to watch Lodge Park Academy at the inaugural Summer Cup, a ‘festival of competitive sport’ between DRET’s six secondary academies. Lord Coe will be on hand to inspire the students and present medals and prizes at the end of the day.

In preparation for the tournament students tried out a range of different sports last week, as part of the Play Your Part launch. This included a round robin of table tennis, half court badminton shots and a 500m rowing challenge.

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of DRET, said: “Our Sponsor is passionate about sport, and we have invested significantly in ensuring our students have the right opportunities, equipment, coaching and role models to inspire them and help achieve their sporting potential.

“Play Your Part is the next stage of our commitment to ensuring sport is at the heart of all our academies. It will provide the foundation from which we can enable more students to take part in more sports. It is a really exciting campaign; who knows, we may even see some of our students in Rio in 2016.”

Watch the video above to see Lord Coe’s special message.