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  • U15 County Cup: St Robert of Newminster RC 1 Cardinal Hume RC 3
  • U19 Senior Knockout Cup: St Thomas More RC 0 St Robert of Newminster RC 3
  • U16 Bert Hodgson Trophy: Oxclose Community Academy 2 Whitburn CE Academy 2 (aet) -- Oxclose won 5-3 on penalties
  • U19 League Cup Final: Durham Johnston 1 St Robert of Newminster RC 4
  • U16 Lambton Trophy: Stockton 3 Hartlepool 0
  • U13 TUC Cup: High Tunstall College 0 St Joseph's Catholic Academy 7
  • U14 Girls County Cup: Kepier 2 Biddick Academy 6
  • U15 Londonderry Cup: Cardinal Hume RC 4 Dyke House Sports College 1
  • U13 Joicey Cup: Framwellgate 0 Whitburn CE Academy 2
  • U13 Girls County Cup: St Bede's RC (Peterlee) 3 Durham Johnston 4
  • U14 CIC Cup: Durham Johnston 0 Easington Academy 0 (aet) -- Durham Johnston won 7-6 on penalties
  • U15 Sunderland Children's Hospital Cup: Bishop Auckland 1 Sunderland 2
  • U19 League Play-off: Carmel College 0 St Thomas More RC 3
  • U12 Crompton & Harrison Trophy: Hermitage Academy 0 Durham Johnston 4
  • U14 Inter-association Knockout Trophy: Bishop Auckland 2 Middlesbrough 2 (aet) -- Middlesbrough won 4-2 on penalties
  • U16 Girls County Cup: St Leonard's RC 2 St Joseph's Catholic Academy 2 (aet) -- St Joseph's won 4-2 on penalties
  • U14 Hartlepool Hospital Cup: Stockton SFA 5 Newcastle SFA 1
  • U19 Albert Knox Trophy: East Durham College 4 Darlington College 0


Sunderland PSFA won the Harrison Cup for the fifth time in six seasons. This the 15th time the association has won the competition outright. On 5 other occasions they have shared the trophy.

Darlington PSFA won the Derwent & Medomsley Trophy by beating East Northumberland PSFA 5-3. This is the second time that Darlington have won this competition.

After finishing as runners-up in last season's Alan Grimes Trophy Broadway Junior School did even better this season by winning the competition.

Easington Colliery Primary School won their third County cup of the season. This time a team of younger players successfully retained the Year 4 Trophy. This is the 4th time Easington Colliery have won this competition.

Easington Colliery Primary School's excellent season continued when their girls team won the Girls' Trophy to make it 4 County trophies won this season.

Mowden Junior School, Darlington won the Ty McGurk 5-a-side Trophy.

The Primary Inter-association 5-a-side competition was won, for the fourth time, by Darlington PSFA. This victory by Darlington prevented Sunderland from winning the trophy for the fifth season in a row.

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


ESFA Chairman

At their last meeting Council elected Alan Johnston to be its Chairman for Season 2016-2017 with Owen Aiston as his Vice-Chairman. I trust you will give both of them the support and encouragement you have afforded me over the past two years. At the same time, I would wish to thank all of you for the immense honour and privilege to have been your Chairman for two consecutive seasons.

Annual General Meeting

As you all know by now the ESFA AGM on Saturday 25 June 2016 has been postponed. It was not a decision that was taken lightly but the very small number of confirmed delegates was the prime concern. For the AGM to be quorate we need a minimum of 50 Associations represented.

The Officers have now had the opportunity to consider just when the AGM could take place and the likely date is Saturday 10 September, almost certainly in London. I have been asked to sound out Wembley, the Premier League and Fulham Football Club as possible venues. The Chief Executive will send more details to you very soon but in the meantime please reserve that date.

The plans are to hold a meeting for our County Schools Associations in the morning. As part of their Service Level Agreement with the ESFA our counties are asked to attend one central meeting a year.

This mandatory attendance should then in turn mean that we are quorate for a Saturday afternoon AGM. I do realise of course that some of what I call the “ESFA family” may be involved in football (heaven forbid!) on September 10 so if anyone can suggest a better date please contact me as a matter of urgency.

Repton School Coaching Courses

We have now secured enough nominations for the Repton Coaching Courses for Under 17 boys and U14 girls to go ahead. The boys arrive on Saturday 20 August 2016 and depart on the following Wednesday (4 nights). The girls course will begin on Monday 22 August and will also conclude on Wednesday 24 August (2 nights). Accommodation, food and coaching are all included in the course fee. The course schedule has been put together by the ESFA Development Committee. County Schools Secretaries are at liberty to make further nominations until Wednesday 8 June.

National Finals

Many thanks to Darren, Ed and Sarah, and any others who were involved, in some superb end of season National Finals.

Quite how they managed to turn around the U15 Inter Association Trophy semi-final on Saturday 30 April to a Final taking place at Nottingham Forest FC on Tuesday 3 May I’m not quite sure. However, it was good that neither of the two Associations who could not seem to agree a date to play were in fact not eliminated from the competition.

To have arranged the Primary Schools Danone Finals at the home of the 2015-2016 Premier League Champions was an act of amazing foresight for which the Competitions Department are to be congratulated. We wish Lewisham, as winners of the District 7-a-side Final, all the best as they travel to Paris in October to represent the ESFA at the Danone World Finals.

Once again the PlayStation Finals at Reading were an opportunity for the ESFA to showcase to all and sundry what it can do and anyone from the ESFA would have been justifiably proud of being connected with the organisation on those 3 days.

Girls County Schools Football

The FA has decided to start up some Regional Excellence Camps for Under 14 and Under 16 girls next season. These camps will be held on the second weekend of the month, which we know as the “Open Weekend”. Unfortunately, our Chief Executive was not party to any consultation on this nor was she even given the courtesy of the communication that went out about the matter to County FA Chief Executives. Andrea has been in touch with The FA to ask for the letter and when she has digested its contents she will send out an email to County Schools Secretaries with advice as to what she thinks should happen next.

SAFIB Allen McKinstry Under 14 Boys Cup

As many of you will know the ESFA asks a school to take part in the British Isles Championships every season. This year’s nomination, Samuel Whitbread Academy from Shefford in Bedfordshire, were an absolute credit to their school, their county and the ESFA on their recent visit to Dublin. I will write a letter to the Headteacher to thank his school for being such good ambassadors. On the field of play they tied for 5th place in the six-team tournament. Perhaps it was good, after England had won both the Centenary Shield and the Bob Docherty Cup this season, that another country, in this case the Republic of Ireland, was able to secure the honours on this occasion.

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