Students have spoken about their memorable day meeting sporting stars David Beckham and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Rastrick High School was presented with the Project of the Year award at the Sky Sports Living for Sport awards ceremony, broadcast live on Sky Sports last week.
PE teacher Dean Watson and students were presented with the prize for their innovative Aussie Rules football project, which not only saw pupils learn a new sport but also improve their skills in English lessons.
And student Frankie Howarth was also a finalist in the Student of the Year award in recognition of his work leading taster sessons as part of the project and also improving his grades.
Frankie said: “The opportunity to shake David Beckham’s hand was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“I enjoyed being part of the project. It was a life-changing opportunity and experience.”
Charlie Cowen, who is also a member of the Aussie Rules project group, said: “I thought the whole experience was unique and is one that I will remember for a long time.
“Some of the people I met were a massive inspiration and have made me an all-round better person.”
Student Ben Price said: “The project made me want to try harder in lessons.
“It has made me a more responsible person from teaching the primary school students.”
Reflecting on the project, Mr Watson said: “We are extremely proud of the boys. They have worked superbly hard over the course of the project to make huge improvements right across school.
“It is pleasing to see their work recognised on a national stage.
“I hope they really enjoyed the opportunity and just rewards they have received.”