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Meeting their idol – Max Whitlock with the St Anne Lyne gymnasts Peter and Phillip Odugbile, Reece Hudson, Adam Hickey, and Uchenna Okereke

Superstar Max Whitlock gives gym kids a surprise

Brad Barrett with his dad Wayne while out in China

Southend High School for Boys team captain Brad Barrett reveals his pride at eighth placed finish in World Schools Athletics Championships

Eastern promise – the Southend High School for Boys and Girls teams in China.

Southend High Schools for Girls head of PE Sue Simpson: It felt like we were at the Olympics

Top of the podium – Kyle Smith collects his gold medal for the shot putt with teacher Stephen Thomas in front

Southend High School for Boys head of PE Steve Thomas: It was a real privilege to be part of championships

The Lincewood Year 6 football team

Lincewood School's Year 6 football team are crowned district champions

Excited – Southend High School for Girls’ team with mayor Andrew Moring, chair of governers Francesca Edwards and headteacher Fiona Brierley

Southend High School’s Olivia Sofroniou honoured to captain team in China

Pride – the Southend High School for Boys team with Southend’s mayor Andrew Moring and Paul Richards, the school’s chair of governors, and Robin Bevan, headteacher

Southend High captain Bradley Barrett cannot wait to get started

Southend High School for Boys and Southend High School for Girls teams with mayor Andrew Moring ahead of their trip to China for World Schools Athletics Championships

Southend High School for Boys head of PE Steve Thomas: It’s phenomenal our borough has two sides going to World Champs

Ready to take on the world – Southend High School for Girls and Southend High School for Boys’ teams with the Southend mayor Andrew Moring before flying to China for the World Schools Athletics Championships

Two Southend High School teams off to China to compete in World School Championships

James Hornsby High School is producing a stream of champion sportsmen and women

Sporting talent at James Hornsby School

Into the final – King John School’s Year 10 basketball team

King John boys reach Essex final

Westcliff High School - have been celebrating a haul of silverware from sporting events across the county

Westcliff High’s rush of success

Unbeatable - Appleton School's Year 7 netball team are district champions

Appleton School enjoy netball success

The Seevic team with the Hackney Community College team in the Copper Box

Seevic basketball team take the Copper Box by Storm

The FitzWimarc School cross-country teams

FitzWimarc's cross-country kids reign supreme

The King John School girls cross-country teams

King John School girls cross-country runners create history

Mayflower School's pupils earned a one-two-three in the Year 8 and 9 boys race (l-r) Leon Wheeler (second), Oliver Lill (winner) and Cameron Armstrong (third)

Mayflower School are crowned Basildon Schools Cross-Country champions...but only just!

King John School's Year 10 and 11 boys football team in Texas

King John School football team's trip of a lifetime to Texas

Chanelle Ellis is currently one of the Deanes School pupils on the STARS programme

The Deanes School programme helping to turn their talented sporting pupils into STARS

The start of the Year 9 boys race

Youngsters compete for glory at the Southend Schools Cross-Country Championships

Seevic's netball team

Hat-trick of Eastern Region titles for Seevic teams

WEDNESDAY'S ECHO: Don't miss our two-page schools cross-country special

WEDNESDAY'S ECHO: Don't miss our two-page schools cross-country special

Tough battle - as the youngsters race for the line at Basildon Sporting Village

Youngsters' day in the sun is highlight of sports term

Southend High School for Boys celebrate their win

Southend High schools both taste glory at English Schools Track & Field Cup final

Southend High School for Boys retain athletics title

Southend High School for Boys retain athletics title

King John triumph at Athletics Champs

King John School girls triumph at Athletics Champs

Team work

Southend High School for Girls athletics team celebrate success

Girls team

Holt Farm Infants ace tennis tournament

Stars of the future – Isobel Moore and Emma Bateman

Isobel Moore throws mighty throws

Winning team

Bromfords School aim for national Handball title

Success for Billericay youth side abroad

Local Billericay football team show French sides how it's done on tour

n Show us your medals – youngsters at Hawkwell’s Clements Hall

Clements Hall host national swimming gala

Big fish -  Rory Coase

Yellow fin delight for Southend Angling Centre Proprietor Rory Coase

Champions – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School with their league winners’ shield

St Joseph’s win league title for second year in a row

Big throw – Tom Green, from Mayflower School, in the Year 7 boys javelin

Mayflower School finish top of the table at the districts

Taking a break from the action - Jack Allen, who raised more than £254, and organiser Jacquelyn Jobey

Shoeburyness High School's pupils' 12-hour charity match

Unbeatable – Fairways Primary School’s girls football team

Fairways girls prove they’re unbeatable

Lee Chapel Primary School's girls football team

Lee Chapel Primary School's football teams are on a roll

Westcliff High School for Boys' Year 7 sportshall athletics team

Westcliff High School for Boys celebrating sporting success

Southend centre-back Mason Gillard-Ellis tries to stop a Shenfield attack

PICTURE SPECIAL: Southend High School for Boys beaten by Shenfield in Essex Cup Final at Roots Hall

Hands on the cup – the Year 7 team with their trophy

Southend High School For Boys' county cup double

Did themselves proud – the St Thomas More junior boys team

Tommy More teams show their class

Winning season – Shoeburyness High School’s Year 7 basketball team

Shoeburyness High team enjoy winning season

Number one in the land – Greensward’s under-15 team, from left, Mr Stevenson (coach), Summer Osbourne, Lauren Allen, Amber Evans, Rhian Simpson, Zoe Willis, Georgia Logan, Chelsea Locke, Ria Toovey and Carmen Fribbins

Greensward celebrate two national champions

Record breakers – the FitzWimarc School athletics team that broke the Castle Point & Rochford District record

FitzWimarc kids set district record

Stars of the future – King John golfers Malley Phillips, Henry Taylor, Jessica Hanlon and Izzy Lush with their medals

King John School's golfers a cut above the rest

Talented team – Thundersley Primary School’s football team who finished runners-up at the Jim Smith Memorial Cup at Arsenal’s Academy

Thundersley Primary team show promise

Shone bright – FitzWimarc’s under-14 and under-19 gymnastics team

FitzWimarc School's gym stars shine at nationals

King John School girls celebrate

Hat-trick of county titles for King John School's girls football team

De La Salle School pupils with Jess Ennis-Hill and Darren Campbell

De La Salle pupils get to train with Olympic hero Jess Ennis-Hill

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