Harborough school’s biggest ever 24-hour sports lock-in

Martin Johnson, Claire Lomas and George Atkins before the start of Robert Smyth Academy Lockin 2015
Martin Johnson, Claire Lomas and George Atkins before the start of Robert Smyth Academy Lockin 2015

Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy held its eighth annual 24-hour sponsored sports event – nicknamed the Lock-In – last Thursday and Friday.

Over 150 students from all year groups took part in the Rugby World Cup-themed event and pupils played 14 sports on a rotation for 24 hours, including tag rugby, football and volleyball.

The event began with an opening parade where students flew team banners they had created.

Events were scored for points with the winners being Scrum ‘n’ Coke with Scrum-Believable Tekkers second and Maul Me Maybe third.

It was held in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and for sports at the school.

It was opened by two former pupils – England’s World Cup-winning rugby captain Martin Johnson and Commonwealth cyclist George Atkins – and Nicholls Foundation ambassador Claire Lomas, a paraplegic who finished the 2012 London Marathon in 17 days using a robotic suit.

The school’s head of PE Mike Scully said: “Well done to all involved. The behaviour, attitude and performance throughout was superb, with more students taking part than ever this year.”