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Schools' Football: Season 2016-17
District Team Football
Chester-le-Street: Durham County 7 a Side Champions
Chester-le-Street: Durham County 5 a Side Champions
Terrific win v Darlington (See Match Reports)
Lumley win first trophy of the season - EFSA 7 a Side
Lumley Successful again - Indoor 5 a Side Champions
Scarborough Weekend 2016
The 27th annual weekend in Scarborough saw a party of 35 boys and families set off early on Saturday 22nd October for a district match against Scarborough at Bramcote School.
The usual break at Scaling Dam for a 'belly-buster' breakfast has always been a feature and, as the weather was kind, we weren't forced to shelter from the driving snow and wind which had often happened during past years. Despite an invitation to call in for a 'belly buster', none of the parents took advantage of the offer and it was left to the team managers to do what they have done for years
A 'free' afternoon saw boys and parents engage in a variety of activities, including an open top bus journey (left) and an ice cream in the famous 'Harbour Bar' before the whole party set off for a first ever visit to the newly opened largest water park in Europe. This was, obviously, a change to the usual ten-pin bowling as in previous years and it was certainly a much quieter night for staff. Instead of a long walk through town to the south bay, we had a ten minute stroll to the Alpamare Water Park. Once inside, we didn't see much of the boys or parents for the four hours we were there as they enjoyed the swimming and the slides.
On returning to the hotel, we were surprised to see hardly anyone in the bar area. What we did discover is that, for those mothers who didn't come to the waterpark, a night had been spent in the hotel having a chat and enjoying a quiet drink although I guess it would have not been quiet for long as the wine flowed. By the time we returned, they had popped out for a bite to eat - a great way to get to know one another which is at the heart of the weekend for boys and parents
Breakfast was enjoyed by all before setting off to play our friends of many years, North Tyneside, at Bramcote School - easily the best ground we have played on throughout all the Scarborough visits we have made. We rarely play well in this fixture due to late nights but this year's team looked fresh and up for the game despite an exhausting night in the water park. A 3-1 victory was well deserved (see Match Reports). It was then back to the cars and a return journey to the north east. It always feels that much better with a couple of wins along the way. Definitely a first was a four-generation visit. Team member, Daniel Robinson was accompanied by his gran, Carole (his mam and dad were attending a wedding) and also great gran and granded, Nancy & Tom - that will take some beating! It obviously spurred Daniel on as he received man of the match against North Tyneside! The photograph below pictures the team with Tom & Nancy following the win against North Tyneside
The visit to Scarborough has always been an opportunity for the boys and parents to get to know each other better. The trip has been hugely enjoyed by past teams and this was no exception. Taking the squad away for a weekend break has been a feature of the season for many years. Past players fondly remember trips to Manchester at Easter which were organised from 1971 - 1990. Since then, the trip to Scarborough in October has been equally successful and has been more beneficial in terms of bonding for the season. There is no doubt that this weekend will be remembered with affection for many years to come.
Chester-le-Street District Team celebrate winning the 11-team tournament at Leeds on Saturday September 10th
The district team picks up the second trophy win of the season by winning the Peter Dunn Cup at Darlington on Saturday September 24th
Durham County 7 a Side Champions: Season 2016-17 - the third and most important trophy of the season