Olympic Cup honour for Rugby School

Lord Moynihan presents the Olympic Cup to headmaster Patrick Derham
Lord Moynihan presents the Olympic Cup to headmaster Patrick Derham

Rugby School has been honoured by the International Olympic Committee for its contribution to the modern games.

On Wednesday headmaster Patrick Derham was presented with the only replica of the prestigious Olympic Cup by the chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Colin Moynihan.

The cup was created by the games’ founder Pierre de Coubertin as a way of honouring institutions, people and places who played an outstanding role in the development of the Olympic movement.

Rugby School was awarded it in 1915 for its influence on de Coubertin. He is said to have been inspired by Dr Thomas Arnold who, in his time as headmaster between 1828 and 1842, introduced organised sport as a means of improving behaviour and strength of character.

The cup was presented on loan to the School at a fundraising event for their Arnold Foundation at law firm Eversheds.

Lord Moynihan praised Rugby’s contribution to the Olympics and the success of its Arnold Foundation, which enables the lives of children from the country’s most deprived communities to be transformed with the opportunity of a boarding school education.

Lord Moynihan said that Rugby School’s links with East London, links directly to London 2012’s efforts to widen the horizons of children living near the Olympic site.