On Saturday four students from the Durham Federation travelled to Monkton Stadium in Jarrow to compete in the County Durham Schools Athletics Championships. It is indeed a great honour to wear the purple vest and represent the Durham Central area against the other eight districts of the county. Our students performed admirably and the results were as follows:
James Thornton 3rd Javelin – 34.27metres
Ellie Harris 4th 100m – 13.8 seconds
Joshua Dixon 4th 300m 42.8 seconds
Emma Brown 7th Long Jump – 3.70 metres
Ellie Harris 1st 4 x 100m relay – 54.4 seconds
Congratulations to them all.
Our KS3 students from both Colleges competed in the annual Durham and Chester le Street Cricket competition this term. Seven schools attended the festival held at the Sacriston Cricket Club in gloriously sunny conditions. A really competitive event was divided up into two pools with the winners of each progressing to the County School Games later this year. Both teams played really well with several club cricketers showing their skills with bat and ball. Each game was an 8 over match and both teams managed to score over 50 runs each time. The final match was a Durham Federation derby, a very keenly contested affair which resulted with both teams halving the match and honours were even.
This year’s annual Schools Track and Field Championships took place at the Riverside Track in Chester le Street and both Colleges took very strong teams. There are 12 teams in the competition with schools from Chester le Street, Durham and Spennymoor involved. From this event the top two students in each age group and in each event go through to represent the Durham Area in the County Championships held at Monkton Stadium in June. Overall the Durham Federation finished in 8th position and there were some excellent individual performances.
1st James Thornton Inter Boys Javelin
2nd Bradley Renwick Junior Boys Javelin
2nd Ellie Harris Junior Girls 100m
2nd Ellie Harris Junior Girls Shot Putt
2nd Joshua Dixon Junior Boys 400m
3rd Lillie Buller Inter Girls 100m
3rd Lillie Buller Inter Girls Shot Putt
3rd James Hannon Junior Boys Discus
3rd Emma Brown Junior Girls Long Jump
4th Jack Hall Inter Boys High Jump
5th Robert Bedingfield Inter Boys Long Jump
5th Shay Liddell-Kenny Junior Boys 200m
5th Shay Liddell-Kenny Junior Boys Long Jump
5th Byron Jones Junior Boys High Jump
Well done to all the students who took part.
This week was National Schools’ Football Week which has been coordinated by the English Schools Football Association. Marking a celebration of schools’ football, this new initiative reflects the spirit of competition, fair play and team work. Schools around the country are staging football themed events and lessons throughout the week, utilising the popularity of football to inspire pupils both on and
off the pitch. This national campaign is also introducing a ‘Respect in Football’ element, whilst
helping boost the participation of boys and girls football. In this week’s PE lessons students are being given the opportunity to play small sided football games in Houses with every goal scored counting for 2 House Points. The overall scores are included below.
Race for Life is underway at The Durham Federation. Totals will be revealed at the end of the week but we’ve already had a huge contribution from years 10 and 11. Congratulations to our Race Winners Thomas Park, Shelia Hyde, Kyle Huberry and Antonia Smith. Award winning fundraisers so far are Kelsey Young and Mackenzie March. Thank you for your contributions. Some students chose traditional pink but others chose football shirts or blue to remember Bradley Lowery.
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!!!
The Year 7 Federation 5 a side Football team played at Belmont school this week in the 1st round of the County Cup. The indoor version of the game is a very quick form of football with quick decisions and nimble footwork an essential skill. The Fed team played really well in all their games and showed fantastic sporting behaviour and attitude – a real credit to their College. Overall they finished in 2nd place – Congratulations.
Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and BBC Sports Presenter Craig Heap visited College today as an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.
He started the day by delivering an assembly to Key Stage 4 students with a message of working hard at school and following your dreams. Next he worked with a select group of GCSE PE students talking to them about his journey from a farming background in Burnley to being the first British male individual gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games – in Sydney in 2000.
He delivered some team building activities including sitting volleyball and then enjoyed a delicious school lunch. In the afternoon he mentored our students as they officiated at the Primary School Sports Hall Athletics competition with pupils from Langley Park, Edmondsley, Bearpark and Esh Winning.
The students helped set up the equipment and then measured, timed and counted as the primary pupils competed in a range of events. Primary staff were very impressed with their organisational skills and Craig thoroughly enjoyed his busy day saying that our students had been a credit to the College. We look forward to him returning in the New Year.
The Durham Federation PE Staff have become World Famous by being included in the 2017 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. If you turn to page 94 you’ll see the write up and a photo of their official World Record when they took part in the Largest Ever Pantomime Animal Race at Newcastle Racecourse.
We would like to wish our friend and Paralympic athlete – Gemma Collis – best wishes as she competes in the Wheelchair Fencing competition in Rio this week. She has visited both Colleges and we hope she can come back and see us with a Paralympic medal…!!! Best of Luck @GemmaCollis