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Congratulations go to Zoe Ness, who represented DCSFA from 2010 to 2012, on her selection, for the first time, into the full Scotland Women's squad to play Sweden. For the match Zoe was a named substitute.


  • NCSFA U18s: Durham 6 Cumbria 1 -- With this victory Durham finish top of the East League and will have home advantage in the Northern Counties semi-final.
  • NCSFA U16 Girls: Cleveland 0 Durham 4

YEAR 7 (U12) 5-a-side COUNTY FINALS

  • BOYS: Winners: St Thomas More RC; Runners up: Sedgefield
  • GIRLS: Winners: Venerable Bede CE; Runners up: Durham Johnston

The team winning the respective boys and girls competition will represent DCSFA in the ESFA Area A Final at the Soccerdome, North Shields on Tues 9 Feb commencing 12 noon.


ESFA U15 Girls

Congratulations to Chloe Ryan, who attends Hummersknott Academy, on being selected to represent ESFA U15 Girls for the 2016 schools' international programme. During the February half term the squad travel to Spain for a training camp. From 1-4 April the team will participate in the Bob Docherty Trophy along with Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 2016 tournament will be held in Cardiff.



Council next meet over the weekend of Saturday 12 March 2016. Mike Coyne, as Chairman of Trustees, has asked that the Officers and Trustees meet at least once a month throughout the year. Their next meeting is on Thursday 11 February at the Premier League followed by the Friday evening before the next Council Weekend.

The Honorary Auditors (Peter Jordan, David Lailey and Dave Prothero) will be visiting the ESFA office between 9 and 11 March.

Guidance on Safe & Acceptable IT/Social Media Usage

The ESFA has a range of guides available on which are written for associations but can easily be adapted for teams & team managers. Policies include:

  • Social networking, websites, mobile phone & email communications;
  • Using texts & emails with under 18s;
  • Running a website;
  • Responsible use of social networking sites;
  • Communicating responsibly with young leaders, coaches & referees;
  • Using association websites, social networks, emails & texts (guidance for under 18s);
  • Responsible use of text, email & social networking sites (parents & carers guidance)

ESFA Business Plan

I attended a meeting at Wembley last week with Andrea Chilton and Andy Weston for the FA to review the progress the ESFA is making with our Business Plan. The FA currently support the ESFA with a considerable financial investment each year.

ESFA Counties

Andy Weston (ESFA Football Development Manager) and Steve Swallow (newly appointed ESFA Football Development Officer) have been directed by our Chief Executive to visit all 44 ESFA counties this season as part of the remit in our current Business Plan with the FA.

International Teams

As you know the ESFA currently runs a Boys Under 18 team and a Girls Under 15 team. Both play Internationals against the other Home Countries. Warm-up matches and results for the boys so far are as follows: -

  • Saturday 9 January @ Lilleshall ESFA U18 Boys XI 1 RAF 0
  • Saturday 9 January @ Lilleshall ESFA U18 Boys XI 6 Royal Navy 0
  • Sunday 31 January @ Lilleshall ESFA U18 Boys XI 6 Walsall 0

Last weekend Andrea Chilton and I attended the International Dinner for the Boys Under 18 squad in the Chapters Restaurant at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. It was an honour and privilege, as Chairman of the ESFA, to be able to present the boys with their International shirts that evening and the girls with theirs at a meeting at Lilleshall on the Sunday morning. Thanks to Lorna Blakeman and Sue Gifford for their work with the girls’ and boys’ teams this season.

Both our International squads will be travelling to Spain this month for some warm weather training during the half-term week. The Boys U18 squad will be playing matches against Villarreal and the Girls U15 opponents will be Valencia. We owe a debt of gratitude to Inspiresport for their support with these ventures. They have invited England International Rachel Yankey to join the Girls U15 squad and to be a Tour Ambassador. Check the ESFA website to see how the teams get on in Spain.

I would be very grateful if County Committees in the North-West could do all they can to promote the Boys U18 Home International against Scotland at Fleetwood Town FC on Friday 1 April.

5-a-side Festivals

On Tuesday 2 February the ESFA will be hosting the annual 5-a-side festival for Deaf Schools at the Derby Soccerdome adjacent to Derby County Football Club. I have asked the Chairman of the FA Disability Committee to assist with the presentation of the trophies and medals at the end of the afternoon.

Our own indoor 5-a-side tournament concludes on Monday 7 March 2016 at the Derby Soccerdome. The start time is 12 noon. Many thanks to any colleagues who have helped run District Festivals which took place last term.

Annual General Meeting

As notified last month Saturday 25 June is the proposed date of the ESFA AGM. Council has yet to agree the start time but it could well be in the morning.

Steve Allatt RIP

Lorna has passed on to you the details of the funeral of Steve Allatt who was the ESFA General Secretary from 1985 to 1991. This is on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 11.00 at the Woodlands Crematorium, Birmingham Road, Coleshill, North Warwickshire B46 1DP.


The Primary Inter-association 7-a-side competition played at Biddick Academy, Washington was won by Sunderland PSFA, for the fourth time in 5 season, with Darlington PSFA finishing in second place. Sunderland will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Nations Inter-association Trophy.

The Primary Inter-association 5-a-side competition will take place on Sat 20 Feb at the Louisa Centre, Stanley commencing 10am.

After winning the County Final of the ESFA Danone Nations Girls' Cup Easington Colliery Primary School will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of this competition.

Darlington PSFA and Sunderland PSFA will represent the north east region in the ESFA Premier League Programme National Tournament later in the season.

For the second successive season the Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup, which is for small schools, was won by Murton St Joseph's RC Primary School. St Joseph's will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens.

For the second time in three seasons the Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy was won by Easington Colliery Primary School. The team will represent DCSFA in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Nations 7-a-side Schools' Cup for School Teams.


  • South Yorkshire completed their programme with an 8-1 victory over North Yorkshire. Only 1 match remains in the East League which is between Northumberland and North Yorkshire. This match has a bearing on whether Cleveland or Northumberland will qualify for the Northern Counties semi-final. Currently both counties have 8 points.
  • Lancashire defeated Northumberland 2-1 in the Girls semi-final to gain place in the final for the 6th consecutive season. In the other semi-final South Yorkshire defeated Cheshire 3-2 to qualify for their first Northern Counties final. With these victories Lancashire and South Yorkshire have qualified for the quarter final stage of the ESFA U16 Girls Inter-county Trophy.
  • Cleveland's 1-1 draw in their final game against Durham leaves the door open for the winners of the final game between Northumberland and North Yorkshire to see who would finish top and gain home advantage in the Northern Counties semi-finals. A draw would leave Cleveland in top place with Northumberland as the other semi-finalists.
  • U16 Girls:  Final Tables
  • U16 Boys:  League Tables (16.01.16)
  • U18s:  League Tables (30.01.16)


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Durham qualify for Northern Counties semi-final

Durham finish with a win

A good team performance

Late winner for Durham


Honours even

Durham move top of group

A good away win in difficult conditions


Durham suffer a narrow defeat

Chloe Ryan hat trick earns Durham a place in Round 2

Durham narrowly beaten

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