Sports festival for Emma

Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival
Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival
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A GROUP of Chinese students helped lead a school sports festival for children with additional needs in memory of former pupil Emma Holloway.

The Shanghai pupils also performed at the King Edward VI School event, where pupils from Riverwalk and Priory schools enjoyed activities such as target games, basketball and football.

Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival

Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival

The festival celebrated the life of Emma and marked the official launch of a trust in her name to allow disadvantaged youngsters to take part in sport.

The former King Edward VI pupil, of Badwell Ash, who was a footballer and worked with disadvantaged and disabled children to help them enjoy sport, died aged 19 in a car crash in November.

Assistant head Rob Walden said: “It was a fantastic event and surpassed our expectations.

“Emma did a lot of work with the special schools.

Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival

Students at King Edward VI School celebrate the Emma Holloway Festival

During the opening ceremony, the Chinese students from the Yanjing-Juyuan Experimental School performed a traditional folk dance and King Edward VI pupils treated the audience to a Rwandan dance.

The students visited King Edward VI to develop leadership skills and their itinerary also involved Hardwick middle, Horringer Court middle, South Lee, St Edmundsbury primary and Guildhall Feoffment primary schools.

Thirty King Edward VI students are due to travel to Shanghia today to take part in similar activities for 10 days.