Former King Edward VI Upper School student Ed Upson was the special guest at the Bury St Edmunds school’s annual sports awards.
The Millwall footballer kicked-off the evening with an inspirational speech about the importance of determination and resilience in sport, and how PE and school sport played a big part in his career.
More than 90 students, along with staff, governors and guests, attended to celebrate the school’s sporting achievements throughout the year.
Thirty students were given a King Edward VI sports award - in recognition of participation, leadership and excellence in PE and school sport.
The Nightingale Trophy, donated to the school by Paul Nightingale, who retired after almost 40 years at King Edward, recognised a student for outstanding contributions to athletics and cross-country.
Danny Burton, head of sport at the school, said: “The evening recognises students that contribute above and beyond in PE and sport.
“It was great that Ed Upson gave up his time during his pre-season preparations to come and give his advice to our students, and it is important that the students can see what they can aspire to.”
The award winners were: Sports Leader Award: Kevin Collins; Community Award: Molly Robson; Team of the Year: under-16 trampolining team; Sportsman of the Year: Callum Wilkinson; Sportswoman of the Year: Beth Mottram; The Nightingale Award: Seb Anthony.