AN AWARD in memory of 19-year-old Emma Holloway has been presented to two students who share her ‘commitment and passion for sport’.
The accolades were given to King Edward VI pupils Sam Jones and James Brandon, both aged 16, at the school’s Sport for Rwanda Festival, which celebrated Emma’s life.
The former King Edward VI pupil, of Badwell Ash, who was ‘an outstanding footballer’ and worked with disabled and disadvantaged youngsters to help them enjoy sport, died in a car crash in November.
The awards presentation, which involved Emma’s family, kicked off the multi sport event on Tuesday, when more than 900 students enjoyed retro games and activities such as dodge ball and rounders.
Her mum Julie Parker, 43, said: “We have lost a massive part of our lives but to keep her memory alive means the world to us. She was a very dedicated person who had a massive heart, loved her sport and wanted to give people, disadvantaged or disabled, the chance to do sport. Thanks very much to the school for supporting us.”
Her dad Neil Holloway, 46, added: “Sport was always her first love – not just participating but helping other people to enjoy it too.”
The award will be presented annually and included £100 each for coaching and leadership courses for Sam and James, who volunteer at festivals, run clubs and help disabled children. Rob Walden, assistant head and event organiser, said: “Emma was a fantastic leader and coach at the school. She really set the bar for the type of student we’re trying to nurture who will go out into the community to lead and coach. She had a particular interest in children who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to take part.”
The festival will raise funds to develop sport in Rwanda and the opening celebrations also included music and dance performances by pupils.
In October, the school will hold the Emma Holloway Sport Festival involving young people from Riverwalk and Priory Schools.