The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF), recently partnered once again with the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) to bring their annual sports day to the Sport City Indoor Athletics Arena.

Attended by pupils from both primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester and Blackpool, the fun filled day began with an opening ceremony which included music from the Stanley Grove Samba Band, and a warm welcome from Head of Teaching School and BFET Co-Principle, Lisa Fathers.

Lisa explained: As a trust, health and wellbeing is at the heart of all BFET do, and the sports day is a wonderful chance for all our schools to collaborate. Both DMSF and BFET have once again proven how well we work as a team – we complement each other, as do all the youngsters involved. The determination, combined with peer support, from all the young participants was a joy to witness. It makes me very proud of what we do.”

Youngsters took part in a wide range of athletics events which included; short distance, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and Shot Putt to name a few. The sporting activities were followed by an awards ceremony where the overall winning schools were presented with 1st place, for Cedar Mount, 2nd place for Rushbrook Primary and 3rd place for Marton Primary.

The day provided fun and sportsmanship for all involved, and Bex Wilson, former Olympian and DMSF Programme Manager, shared some of her favourite moments with us: “The highlight of the day came from Jack from Melland High School as he took hold of the mic and gave us an impromptu rendition of the song ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen. His energy and character displayed perfectly the question I ask all of our young people – ‘Did you have fun today?’

“I was extremely impressed and proud of the 10 DMSF Sports Leaders from Cedar Mount who officially manned the various stations and ran a very efficient and inclusive event – deservedly winning the volunteer leadership award.

The partnership between DMSF and BFET has gone from strength to strength and the team relays to finish the event captured the camaraderie beautifully. I already can’t wait for next year.”

Olympian, Commonwealth Gold Medallist, and Co-founder of the DMSF, Diane Modahl, concluded: “The partnership between DMSF and the Bright Futures Educational Trust is a brilliant match.  Both understand the educational and the physical value of sport and the day provided a unique opportunity to bring all the schools across the Trust together including competition, leadership, volunteering and of course DMSF values of opportunity, integrity and resilience.  It was brilliant.”

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