Over 200 School Children Compete for the Guy Hutchence Trophy
- 18th July 2017
- Posted by: superuser
- Category: Wise Owl News
20 schools from across Manchester came together for the 2nd annual sporting event in memory of the late Guy Hutchence.
On Friday 16th June 2017, over 200 children from 20 primary schools across Manchester took part in a fun event at the Sporting Arena, hosted by TEAM UP and our partners Commando Joe’s.
The children had to use key skills in order to complete the range of tasks. Scores were given for the teams that worked well together, had the best communication skills and showed the most resilience. An assault course through an inflatable and a ‘cross the river’ task are just a couple of examples. The Wise Owl Trust staff took part in a team attempt across the inflatable assault course. It had to be seen to be appreciated in its entirety!
“It was so much fun competing against the other schools! The atmosphere was electric and I was so excited to be taking part!” enthused one pupil who attends Seymour Road Academy.
The winning team took home the Guy Hutchence trophy. This year it was Elton Primary, knocking Ravensbury off the top place on the leaders’ board! MP Lucy Powell presented the trophy and spoke about the unity shown by such a great event.
The event has become an annual event, with the first taking place last year in memory of Guy Hutchence who was the Principal of East Manchester Academy and a governor at Seymour Road Academy. Guy tragically died in 2016 and has been sadly missed by the community of East Manchester.
Jim Battle, Chair of Governors at Seymour Road Academy, said that he had never seen so many smiles on one day.
MP, Lucy Powell told us:
“I knew Guy Hutchence for many years- he was a fantastic headteacher and I know how much he cared about young people in this area. He would be honoured to have inspired this event and to see how much enjoyment the children get out of taking part, and to see the spirit of positive participation and friendly competition between schools. The Memorial Sport’s Day is a real highlight for me as an MP an I am delighted to see it go from strength to strength because of the hard work of everyone involved.”
Lamin Manneh, Invictus Games medal winner, and Rebekah Wilson, Winter Olympics participant, were there to cheer the children on.
Mrs Hutchence has set up a memorial fund which can be found here: http://www.guyhutchence.com
How many schools will come next year? Who will win?!