Sport / P.E.

Before half term the Year 8s travelled to Parkside on a very wet and windy Friday night to play the League Cup Final against the host side. Despite the difficult conditions, St John’s started well and some excellent link up play created several early chances. St John’s scored the opening goal, with some strong running from Adam Dobson on the right, exchanging passes with James Hardy and leaving a simple tap in at the back post for Aidan Crooks.

On Wednesday St John’s School and Sixth Form College held a unique celebration evening. In addition to the annual sports awards evening, the school wanted to recognise the outstanding achievements in football this year. Dick Malone, formerly of Sunderland FC was the guest of the evening bringing with him the FA Cup! He spoke warmly of the ‘support and team ethic that made the schools’ teams so successful this season’.  His attendance alone made it a great experience for any Mackem parents.

On Sunday 9th June Miss Somers, Mr Rhodes and Mr D Smith took the Year 7 boys to the International Futsal at Northumbria University. After becoming Northern Champions the boys year 7 Futsal team were selected to be the mascots. The boys accompanied the players onto the pitch at the start of the matches for the National Anthems and then watched the games. The first game was a close encounter between Poland and the USA which the USA won.

The boys had a fantastic Futsal campaign this year, winning the district competition without losing a game. This victory enabled them to qualify for the regional finals held in Leeds at the International Futsal venue. They competed exceptionally well in this competition competing against a number of Futsal clubs. After 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat, they narrowly missed out on qualification for the national finals.

Last week St John’s held its annual sports awards to recognise the success of its students across the range of sporting activities they had undertaken during the year. Approximately 180 students and their families attended the event held at the school.  The activity awards were presented by many or the schools’ partner community clubs including; Bishop Auckland St. Mary’s JFC, Bishop Auckland Rugby Club, Wear Valley ASC and Durham County Cricket Board.


Year 8 Football won the District 8-a-side Tournament on Saturday. The boys didn't concede a goal all morning, and considering the no-offside rule it made defending very tricky. Zach Hemming was confident throughout, the nearest he came to conceding a goal was from a penalty in the final. The boys came out of a tricky group beating Parkside (3-0), Ferryhill (3-0), Sedgefield (1-0) and Durham Johnston 2 (1-0). The bulk of the goals were scored by Bailey Prudhoe and Aidan Crooks.