European Sports Festival

Jo reggelt, Hodj vodj? (Good morning , how are you? as we like to say in Hungarian). On Wednesday and Thursday this week 12 students from across the Federation were selected to represent County Durham in the annual Anglo-Hungarian cultural exchange. The first day took place at Moor House Adventure Centre where teambuilding games helped the students mix and get to know their foreign counterparts. Despite the language barrier the English and Hungarian students had to work together to solve a host of tricky problems. After lunch gifts were exchanged and the Federation boys were taken aback by the generosity of their partners,
Thursday’s action took place at Consett Academy with competitions in Swimming, Netball, Tennis, Football and Indoor Athletics. The Federation students were competing in 5 aside, 9 aside and 11 aside football matches and found it tough going against slightly older opposition. They finished just behind the Hungarians and received medals for their efforts. The day finished off with pizzas and many new friendships have been made, perhaps they will meet up next year when the festival takes place in Europe.

Nagyon jol szerepelt (Well done!)

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Awesome Athletics Achievements

On Wednesday this week students from both Colleges headed down to the Riverside Athletics track to take art in the annual Durham Central Schools Athletics Championships. This is a very competitive event with 12 schools from the Durham area taking part in the full range of track and field disciplines. The top two competitors in each event will then qualify for the County Durham Finals which take place on Saturday 10th June at Monkton Stadium. From Hurdles to High Jump, from Sprinting to Shot Putt, our students put in some great performances with many Personal Bests being recorded. Top performers were James Thornton who won the Javelin competition with a throw of over 32 metres, Ellie Harris who won the 100m sprint despite being a year younger than everyone in 13.1 seconds and Emma Brown 0 again a year young – who was 3rd in the 800m in a time of 2 min 58 seconds. Congratulations to all those who participated.

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GOING UP, GOING DOWN

And so the regular Staff Futsal season drew to it’s dramatic end last week with the final round of fixtures taking place up and down the County. There was plenty to play for at both ends of the table with the black and white Fed team heading towards end of season glory as the red and whites from Durham Johnston were staring down the barrel of relegation once more. There was not going to be a fairy tale ending for our close rivals from the other side of the Browney River as they came crashing down to earth with an enormous bump – yet again. Despair was rife amongst their squad, the manager in disarray and their players looking to out and find new clubs at the end of the season. Will we see them back again in this top league? It may take quite a while for them to rebuild. The Fantastic Fed, however, have finished the season on a roll, sweeping all opponents to one side, a trophy is now within their grasp and the team are in fine form. New signing Steele added some much needed steel to the squad whilst our midfield dynamo Clarke was loaned out to a Dutch team to get some valuable European experience. An 18-12 victory was no more than they deserved and as the fireworks and confetti rained down from above, with one play-off match remaining, you would have to say that, “the only way is up”….!!!!

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Fantastic Feast of Futsal

County Futsal Champions 2017
On Saturday morning the magnificent seven students from the Federation headed to Gateshead Leisure Centre for the FA Cup Semi Finals of the Under 16 National Youth Futsal Festival. Having won the County Durham event last month, they were up against a team from Gateshead – Heworth Grange and two teams from Yorkshire – the Hessle Sporting Spitfires and York City Futsal Club.
The early start meant the first game against York City was at 9.45am and what a cracker to start with. The Fed lads took an early lead 1-0 after some fantastic one touch football. The games were of two ten minute halves and as the seconds ticked down victory was within their grasp. However, with the very last kick of the game York scrambled in an undeserved equaliser 1-1. Points shared.
Next up was Hessle Sporting Spitfires wearing black and white stripes. They were soon shot down to size as the Fed team found their wings and in a tough battle, came out victorious 4-2. The final match was against local rivals Heworth and again a victory was secured in a very tight end to end match 5-3.
Now as both York and the Fed teams had finished on the same points having drawn one and won two matches the final league standings were decided on the number of goals scored during the festival, Unfortunately York City managed to get a couple of extra goals in the last fixture and so qualified for the  National Finals on goal difference. What a tough way to lose. The lads, however, showed great sporting attitude and congratulated the winning team as well as thanking all the officials and organisers. They are keeping their fingers crossed that the National Final in Birmingham in June require a wild card team to enter. All in all a fantastic season and throughout the whole of 2016-17 the Federation have played 12 matches and have not lost a single one. Congratulations to the whole squad.

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Take a look at our fantastic students.

They had been asked to help coach pupils from Sacriston Primary School at a primary cricket festival and helped organise drills, exercises and mini games. All of our students were a credit to the College and impeccably behaved. Thanks to Mr Wong for accompanying them.

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Hope Returns

The Federation Snowdog has returned to its roots after spending the last few months on display at Washington Arts Centre as part of St Oswald’s Hospice’s very popular Great North Snow Dog trail. In total over £265,000 was raised when the large snowdogs were auctioned off, the 97 school dogs have been returned to their students.
The Federation dog – designed and painted by competition winners last year – is now on display at the main reception of Fyndoune Community College and is accompanied by photos from the event and information about the local charity.

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Marc Milner Wins Bronze in London

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at Lee Valley Sports Centre in London earlier this month. It is the biggest indoor rowing competition in the world. Up to 3000 children and teens between the ages of 11-18 years race in individual and team events in the hope of being crowned National Champion. Marc in Year 8 had qualified through school rounds last October and then two regional competitions at Maiden Castle. There were about 150 Year 8 students in his particular race and in several heats they tried to row as far as they could in 2 minutes. Marc has been training with Durham University’s rowing coaches and finished in 3rd position – out of the entire Great Britain area. Congratulations to him and very well done for gaining a bronze medal.

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GIRLS’ FOOTBALL SPRINGS UP ACROSS DURHAM

Girls across Durham will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.

The programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs opening throughout England this spring, each run in conjunction with the local County FA and their key partners.   The move will provide girls aged from 5 to 11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment over a minimum 16 week period.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs Details

Durham United F.C.
Venue: Sir Bobby Robson centre Ushaw moor, DH7 7NG
Start Date: 20th March 2017
Session Times: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Contact: Matt Stevenson – E: mattstevenson@simplysportltd.co.uk T: 07904915207
Cost: £2.00 per session

 
Read more at http://www.durhamfa.com/news/2017/feb/girls-football-springs-up-across-durham