Guy Hutchence Memorial Tournament
School kids to honour inspirational headteacher with new memorial games
Guy Hutchence, who had served Manchester schools for more than 30 years, died in January
Schoolchildren will honour a ‘hero’ headteacher who died suddenly at a memorial games tournament.
Guy Hutchence, who had served in Manchester schools for more than 30 years, died after falling critically ill in January.
East Manchester Academy principal Guy Hutchence worked in Manchester schools since coming to the city as a young teacher in 1980.
The veteran teacher had taught thousands of students, many from deprived areas of the city, and had also helped set up the East Manchester Academy in Beswick.
Youngsters and teachers have now decided on a lasting tribute to the popular headteacher by launching a new games tournament in his honour.
Pupils from 14 schools – including East Manchester Academy, where Mr Hutchence last served as principal – will battle it out for the trophy in a series of mental and physical agility tests devised by ex-military veterans.
The event will be hosted by Wise Owl Trust at Manchester Regional Arena on Friday.
Instructors from Commando Joe’s have created five arenas to allow students to test their skills.
Sophie Murfin, principal at Seymour Road Academy, who helped organise the games, said: “This event is celebrating Guy’s innovative leadership and passion for making sure all the children of East Manchester have the best opportunities in life.
“He was a firm believer in helping children build strength of character, whatever life throws at them – so he would have loved the idea of this tournament organised by Commando Joe’s.”
Mr Hutchence first came to Manchester as a young teacher in 1980 and had worked in the city’s schools ever since.
He had previously taught at Spurley Hey and Cedar Mount Academy before being appointed as head of the new East Manchester Academy in 2009.
Mike Hamilton, director of Commando Joes, who worked closely with the headteacher and the school, said: “We’ve come up with a fantastic event to really celebrate Guy and his achievements.
“He believed in showing children how to build strength of character – and this course will make sure we really put that to the test. The best legacy he could wish for is to see these children doing well and going on to win.”