The David Ross Foundation is committed to supporting academies involved with the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) to implement the DRET Sports Enrichment Strategy. Key priorities are to increase the number of students participating in quality sport, to encourage and deliver quality sports competition opportunities and to provide pathways and support for talented individuals to participate and succeed in elite sport.
A key foundation stone of the programme is to establish, publish and deliver a set of extra-curricular clubs in every secondary academy.
In addition, the secondary academies have set up a DRET fixture list. Six academies play in paired fixtures in both football and netball in the winter, and rounders and cricket in the summer. Twice a year the secondary academies involved in the programme will come together for a festival of sport. This year’s Winter Cup is being held on 22 November at Nottingham University.
The foundation also invests in motivation, inspiration, incentive and reward. This summer saw 120 pupils and teachers visit Olympic events with tickets provided by the trust. The Games made a major impact on all those who visited, providing them with an unforgettable experience.
DRET hopes to be able to offer a range of sporting experiences over the course of the programme for academy students. Particularly, our links with Glasgow 2014, and the England team promise to give us unprecedented, behind the scenes access to events & athletes at the next major multi-sports event to be hosted in the UK.
We also work with a range of elite athletes who support the work we do. These include:
- England’s number 3 table tennis player, Hannah Hicks;
- Elite runner, Ellie Stevens;
- Olympians from the silver medal winning hockey team;
- Commonwealth Games medalists such as Aaron Heading;
- Rugby World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Greenwood;
- Jazmin Sawyers, the elite long jumper who also won Olympic Gold at the Winter Youth Games in bobsleigh.