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Comedian and Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey urges pupils at Bluecoat Primary School and Stamford Welland Academy to share talents

A Strictly Come Dancing winner has kicked off a school talent competition by urging youngsters to share their talents.

With the help of comedian and Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) has launched their annual CMAT’s Got Talent competition.

In a video shared across the trust's schools’ social media pages, which includes Bluecoat Primary School and Stamford Welland Academy, Bill urged pupils to get their entries in.

He said: “Everyone’s got a talent, everyone can do something.

"Sing a song, recite a poem, play the spoons, maybe do that thing where you bend your ear in. Or maybe, just maybe, you might find some hitherto untapped ability to dance the passe double.

"Stranger things have happened.”

Bill added: “Video it, upload it, show off. You might even win some money.

"Make your school proud, I dare you.”

This is the second year that the trust-wide competition has taken place virtually, after a successful debut last year.

Pupils submitted 90-second videos showing off their talents with the winner set to be announced during a virtual video premiere event on Friday (July 2).

There will be two winners, one from the Trust’s primary schools and another from a secondary.

For the second year in a row, Matt Allwright, presenter of The One Show will make a guest appearance to announce the winners.

Martin Campbell, executive principal at Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, said: “We know it has been another difficult start to the year for our pupils and their families, so we are delighted to be hosting exciting and inspiring events for them to look forward to this summer.

"Across the trust, we have so much talent and it’s been fantastic to see the entries submitted so far. With Bill’s support, I am sure even more of our pupils will be empowered to share their talents.

“This year, CMAT marks its tenth anniversary and we are still as dedicated to providing opportunities for our pupils now as we were in 2011. This year more than ever, it is vital that we open up the world to all our pupils and enable them to enjoy positive memorable experiences inside and outside of the classroom.”

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