The U16 Durham Federation football team reached the final 64 of the English School’s Football Association PlayStation National Cup. The match took place away at North Shore Academy in Stockton and turned out to be a game of two halves. The long journey there after school obviously took it’s toll on the College players as they were slightly sluggish out of the blocks in the first half. North Shore proved to be very strong and with some fortunate bounces and close decisions went into the lead early on. The second half was a different story entirely, with our boys in lime running, tackling, passing and shooting. For long stretches of the game, the Fed boys were the better team, shots rained in from all angles as their goalkeeper was forced to make save after save. Unfortunately, our brave team from Durham was unable to make a sufficient comeback and so returned to the school minibus with their heads held high having shown a fantastic fighting spirit, playing the game with great determination and sportsmanship.
During the Summer Holidays, Callum Wilkinson in Year 11 spent a week at the top sporting university in Britain as he was selected to take part in the Talent Inspiration Programme based at Loughborough University. The activities were specifically designed to engage and inspire aspiring young athletes and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential and the impact that will have on their development as a young person. Throughout the programme experienced Athlete Mentors brought to life the world of an elite athlete and the journey it takes to reach the top. Athletes had the opportunity to get involved in workshops, put their performances to the test and an opportunity to experience what it is like at a multi-sport event, creating a dynamic learning opportunity which helped to highlight the talent pathways available and support required for young people at a local level to reach the top.
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.
Nagyon jol szerepelt (Well done!)
Well done to Callum Wilkinson who has been selected to take part in the youth sport trust’s Talent Inspiration Programme from Wednesday 30 August – Friday 01 September 2017 at Loughborough University.
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.
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”….!!!!