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.

Primary Transition At Sacriston Cricket Club

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.

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.


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 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: T: 07904915207
Cost: £2.00 per session


Fun Filled Feast for Federation Fitness Fanatics

The annual County Durham Sport Workplace Games of 2017 took place at Park View School in Chester le Street with ten teams of highly trained and motivated athletes competing in five different challenges. Firstly Fencing – an event that some of the team had not done since Summer Camp at the age of ten. Engarde and then fight like a pirate for two minutes trying to stab your opponent as many times as possible. A victory for the Fed Team. Next up was the Old School Sports Day – races of egg and spoon, three legged and wheelbarrow plus and an obstacle race. Fantastic technique shown and another victory. The next walk in the park was a game of Softball on the astroturf. Kitted out with gloves. helmets and bats it was strike after strike as the Fed Team batted away the opposition. Dodgeball was the penultimate challenge and this was the only defeat on the night. Plenty of ducking, diving and dodging on the court. Finally the athletic challenges with fast feet and team lunges. As is the case in all these sporting challenges, it doesn’t really matter who wins the trophy at the end of the day! The crowning glory was being awarded certificates for winning the Best Team Morale award.  A great team performance and the team are already in training for next year’s competition. What a day!!

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Fabulous Farmers

On Friday 3rd March we were very pleased to have our reception friends from Bearpark primary join us for a visit to Fyndoune Farm. Students spent the day learning about how to care for our animals and their habitats. We finished the day with our year 9 young farmers
delivering a great story time session.   

The North East Futsal Champions Trophy

On Monday night, the Magnificent Seven once again rode off into the distance with a piece of silverware. This time it was the North East Futsal Champions Trophy as they defeated Heworth Grange School from Gateshead in a very close encounter. Harry Renwick was outstanding in goal making save after save to keep the team in the match. Defenders Dodds (C) and Smith were immense in defence with some great last ditch tackles. Graham and Lowes in midfield bossed the centre of the park with inch perfect passes. Dodds (L) and Barton up front took the glory with the all important strikes on goal in a thrilling 3-3 match. And so it went down to penalties… The team from Gateshead went first and hit the post, up stepped Graham and smashed it into the top corner, 1-0. They scored next but Luke Dodds put the lime greens 2-1 up. Their last penalty went in, leaving it for Callum Dodds to stroke the winning shot into the net and seal the victory in the most dramatic manner!! The team now move onto the Northern England Finals at the end of April where they will play teams from Northumberland, Teesside, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.