Rural Derbyshire SPP Students Excel at Derbyshire School Sports Awards

Member schools of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership were recognized for their sporting success at the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Awards at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium on Thursday night (18 Sept).

RDSSP at Derbyshire School Sports Association Awards webThe top three performing schools in each of the Derbyshire School Games Championships were announced, and the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership – which includes feeder primary schools for Highfields, Anthony Gell, Hope Valley College, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Lady Manners Schools – was declared the winner of the Derbyshire School Games Primary Competitions Championship.

Organised by the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association (DSSA), the event honoured those who have excelled in school sport or sport outside of school, and paid tribute to some of those who have made a valuable voluntary contribution to school sport with awards also presented to young leaders and adult volunteers, as well as to those who have made a contribution to school sport through media and arts. In addition to the RDSSP primary school members’ win, the achievements of four secondary school pupils were singled out.

Highfields students Andrew Brough (17) and Sarah Needham (17) were highly commended in the Secondary School Young Leader of the Year category.

Andy and Sarah are both members of the Sports Leadership Academy and platinum Young Ambassadors. Andy has given over 200 hours of volunteering and spent four days at the National School Games in Sheffield, volunteering in table tennis, athletics and volleyball. He also led workshops at the Change 4 Life Health Champions Day organized with the RDSSP in February.

Sarah has totaled 400 hours of volunteering – including four days at the National School Games in Sheffield. She is on the Highfield School Games organising committee, the Voice of Sport Group and is an Olympic Legacy Leader. Sarah has also led school assemblies at Highfields and the feeder primaries as well as leading VIPs from across Derbyshire at the Health Champion Day.

Anthony Gell students Olivia Holmes (14) and Lewis Hall (12), were both highly commended in the Individual Achievement – Non-School Sport category.

Olivia competes in Taekwondo and holds the English, Irish, Scottish and World title for sparring. Lewis has competed in national motorcross championships including the Red Bull Pro Nationals and GT Cup, and was the 2013 British Champion in the 65cc class and represented Great Britain in an inter-provincial championship in South Africa.

RDSSP School Sport Coordinator for Highfields, Jayne Allen (pictured above left), and Commonwealth Class Project captain Annabel MacGregor (pictured above centre) were also called up on stage to report back on their visit to the Commonwealth Games.

Janice Price Derbyshire School Sports Association Awards webRDSSP Partnership Manager Janice Price (pictured left) said: “I’m so proud of the achievements of our members schools. It’s great to see the commitment of our secondary school students recognised. Many of our primary school members are small, often isolated rural schools, lacking facilities and specialist sports staff. Being a member of a bigger network backed by our five secondary schools allows them not just to compete but to excel on a county wide level.” 

“These awards top an amazing year. In July 50 year 5 and 6 pupils attended our Gifted and Talented Academy supported by 24 Young Leaders from Lady Manners, Anthony Gell, Queen Elizabeth’s, Hope Valley and Highfields. In August, following Highfields’ winning the Commonwealth Class Project, student Annabel Macgregor and School Sport Coordinator Jayne Allen attended the Commonwealth Games. And earlier this month 8 students from Highfields were picked to volunteer at the volleyball and athletes at Sainsbury’s national level School Games in Manchester.”



Awards image: and (credit Derbyshire Sport)

Cyclo Cross Winners, Derbyshire School Games 2014: and (credit RDSSP)

Summary of Rewards & Recognition for pupils & school Teams in Rural Derbyshire SSP Schools

Secondary School Team Awards

Highfields School Yr 11 football team (County Cup winners)
Lady Manners – Junior Girls Athletics (County Cup winners)

Secondary School Young Leader Awards

Highly Commended – Andy Brough & Sarah Needham – Highfields School

Individual Achievement – Secondary


Daniel Wellbourne-Hesp (Sailing) – Anthony Gell School
Amelie Wayte (Cyclo cross) – Highfields School
Elizabeth Wall (Squash) Lady Manners
Ellie Smith (Cyclo-cross) Anthony Gell School
Ciara Shaw (Badminton) QEGs
Katy Gigg (Football) Anthony Gell School

Highly Commended

Olivia Holmes (Tae Kwando) – Anthony Gell School
Lewis Hall (Motorcross) – Anthony Gell School

Individual Achievement – Primary


Brandon Hotham (Swimming) Monyash Primary School
Sam Butler (Tennis) Norbury Primary School

Sainsburys School Games Awards

SEN Plus competition – Secondary

=3rd Anthony Gell
6th Lady Manners
10th Hope Valley College


9th All Saints Junior School

Secondary School Championships

(ALL Derbyshire secondary schools, cumulative points from performance at County finals throughout the 2013-2014 year)

= 4th Lady Manners 8th Hope Valley College
=12th – Anthony Gell & QEGs Primary School Championships

(All Derbyshire primary schools, cumulative points from performance at County finals throughout the year)

2nd – Osmaston Primary School
25th –Kniveton Primary School
33rd Turnditch Primary School
Also featured Kirk Ireton, Bradwell Juniors, Darley Dale, parkside, Lea & Great Hucklow Overall

Sainsburys Derbyshire School Games Championship (Primary) Winners

Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership

Press Release: Monday 22nd September 2014