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Yesterday, Tuesday 16 July, The Hayesbrook School welcomed the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Jill Anderson, to attend ‘The Brook Learning Trust (BLT) Games’ to award the ‘Winners Shield’ and the ‘Sportsperson Cups’.

Congratulations to The Hayesbrook School with 2,700 points the first winner of The Brook Learning Trust Games.

The individual ‘Sportsperson Cups’ were awarded to:

Lewis Kemp, Year 9 for The Ebbsfleet Academy

Mason O’Connor, Year 8 for The Hayesbrook School

Camilla Lucas, Year 7 for The High Weald Academy

The Brook Learning trust is a family of schools and in addition to The Hayesbrook School, the Trust comprises The Ebbsfleet Academy and The High Weald Academy.

Carol Morris, CEO for Brook Learning Trust said: “Today has been a huge success, bringing together athletes from each of our schools, who are motivated and, from what I have seen, very talented young people.  The competition was tough and the students participated brilliantly.  There was great excitement and enthusiasm.”

The BLT Games created a unique opportunity for students within the Trust’s schools to take part in competitive school sport.  The BLT Games event is made up of four events: athletics, football, handball and basketball.

Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Jill Anderson said: “For many young people, sporting competition is first experienced in school, the Games today was the next step, competing against athletes from other schools.  The Games has allowed students to show both determination and resilience, as each school wanted to win.  What was wonderful to see was the strong team spirit and respect shown by all the athletes for officials, peers and rules of the competition.  I hope today has inspired the athletes to continue competing and achieve their own personal goals.”

Each athlete selected to represent their school at the Games, has demonstrated commitment and ambition to competitive sport.  The games supports and helps each individual athlete to achieve their personal goal in their chosen sport. The games were open to all athletes that aspire to compete and improve their ability.

Daniel Hatley, Executive Principal for The Hayesbrook School said: “On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank our Tonbridge and West Kent School Sports Partnership for organising The BLT Games. The aim of this joint initiative, through the preparation to competing today, was to highlight to our students the accessible and inclusive sporting opportunities that are available to them.  With the 2020 Summer Olympics, known as Tokyo 2020, not too far away, we hope The BLT Games has inspired the athletes to adopt the Olympic vision.” 

Mason O’Connor, winner of The Hayesbrook School Sportsperson Cup said: “I was nervous about running in the 100m event, but I wanted to win and when I crossed the finish line it was a great feeling. Although I didn’t win, coming second was pretty good and I won points for my school. I enjoy running, it’s not something I have really thought about doing competitively, but after today I think I will”.