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Schools battle it out for athletics trophy

Posted on: June 17th, 2010 by Jules

A massive inter-schools athletics meet, described as the biggest ever staged in east Kent and hosted by Dover College, has been hailed a success, reports the Dover Express.

A MASSIVE inter-schools athletics meet, described as the biggest ever staged in east Kent, has been hailed a success.

More than 300 pupils from secondary schools across the region, including Dover and Shepway, competed in this month’s Dover College Under-13s Invitation Athletics Cup.

Ten schools battled it out in the boys’ competition and five in the girls’ tournament.

The schoolchildren took part in a variety of track and field events, including the lung-bursting 100m, high jump, shot put, javelin, long jump, middle and long distance running, plus a relay event.

Dover College sports director, Benn Smith said: “This was the largest invitation athletics event which has been hosted in east Kent, with three heats for each of the track events for both boys and girls.

“This is the third year the competition has been run and this year was the biggest so far.

“Each year Dover College hosts a number of sporting events, including athletics competitions for under-13, -15 and -18 pupils of local schools.

“The standard of competition is very high, but the emphasis is about getting as many young people involved by taking part in representing their school.”

In the girls’ tournament, overall winners of the Dover College Cup were the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, in Guston.

They narrowly beat Dover College by three points.

In the boys’ competition, Folkestone’s Harvey Grammar School came out on top with an overall points score of 89.

Harvey PE teacher Kevin Beale said: “We are delighted to win the Dover College cup.

“We have attended this event before and everyone had a really good afternoon. Everyone was a winner because they all tried their hardest and enjoyed the competition.” Dover College also plays host to a variety of sporting festivals for east Kent primary schools.

Dover College U13 Invitation Athletics Cup 2010

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