Friday night saw the culmination of a long and arduous futsal season as the final play off matches were concluded in the Chester le Street, Washington and Derwentside Schools Football Association Staff Futsal League 2017. As reigning champions, all the focus was centred on the black and white striped athletes from the Durham Federation.
The league trophy has been proudly displayed in the trophy cabinet at FCC all year but a series of outgoing transfers and last minute injuries (Clarke succumbing to a nasty beard trimming incident) meant that this was not going to be a walk in the park (view). First up was a tricky semi-final match against the tough tackling teachers from Tanfield. Leading by 4 goals to 1 at half time perhaps the Fed took an eye of the ball and started dreaming about the final. Within minutes of the second half commencing the score was back to 4-4 and a tense final few minutes ensued. Class, however, shone through and a couple of goals from the Sacriston/Ushaw Moor faithful secured victory and a well earned 5 minute rest before the final match against hosts and hot favourites Park View.
The team manager, nursing a tight hamstring, was directing the play from the bench when two quick goals flew in for Park View. However, the lads kept their heads and responded with a brace to level the score at half time. Park view then netted again to take the lead 3-2 with only 5 minutes left on the clock. Tiredness and two hard matches were beginning to take their toll for the black and whites as substitutions were made with rapid regularity. With barely 120 seconds left on the clock the youngest player in the squad (TW) jumped off the bench, ran on the pitch, got the ball bounced off his left shin and flew into the net, 3-3 game on!!! What a finale….. Cometh the hour, cometh the Youngster!! In a frenetic finish once more the ball ricochet, rebounded then reverberated as Tezinho smashed the winner into the net and into immortality…!! The trophy was heading back to our trophy cabinet. Once more it shall be sent to the engravers and the famous federation futsallers will spend the summer break searching for new strips – but this time with TWO stars on them. Congratulations to you all – 5 achievement points each and a nomination at next week’s morning briefing!!!

Year 7 and 8 Athletes are Champion at Chester le Street

70 students from the Federation attended the annual Year 7 and 8 Track and Field Championships at Chester le Street this month. The competition involves 11 schools from all over Durham and is a very competitive event with all disciplines of running, jumping and throwing involved. On a beautifully sunny afternoon our students were a real credit to themselves and the Federation and they all put in some amazing performances. In total seven awards were handed out for finishing in the top 3.

GOLD        Ellie Harris        Y8 100m

SILVER      Emma Young        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Joseph Gregory    Y7 Javelin

BRONZE    Kody Agar        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Marc Milner        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Ellie Harris        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Emma Brown        Y8 Long Jump

Two students from the Federation represented Durham City in the County Durham Schools Athletics Championships at Monkton Stadium in June. James Thornton in Year 9 was competing in the Junior Boys Javelin competition and finished in 3rd place with a throw of 31.95 metres. Ellis Harris in Year 8 was running in the Junior Girls 100m despite being a year young and qualified for the final finishing in 7th place in a time of 14.5 seconds, Congratulations to both students as it is a real honour to wear the purple vest of Durham.

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!)

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.

Mr Steele, Mrs Heron and Mr Donaghy
Athletics May 2017


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”….!!!!


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.

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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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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