Sport & PE

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Squash Trio represent County Durham

Isaac Tindale (9P), Malachi Tindale (7A) & Joseph Billany represented the county of Durham & Cleveland at the Inter-County Squash Championships held at the National Squash Centre last weekend 17th/18th. All 3 played some great squash against some tough competition with Isaac’s U15 team making it through to the Trophy Finals to be held in February. The U13 team narrowly missed out on going through but achieved some great wins against some top class counties and all loved playing on the ‘all glass court’ usually reserved for the professionals!

Squash 2  Squash 1

Excellence in The Olympic Pool

Millie Anderson (Y11), Alice Day (Y11), Olivia Halliday (Y12) and Niamh Sweeney (Y11) all swam personal best times on their individual legs, to finish 25th team in the Medley Relay at the English Schools’ Swimming Team Championships. The event was held at the Olympic Pool in Stratford, London. Despite being two years young, they also finished 30th in the freestyle relay. The girls were presented with T-Shirts and hoodies kindly donated by Elizabeths Embroidery from Stockton.

Full results were as follows:-

Olympic Pool 1  Olympic Pool 2

Olympic Pool 3  Olympic Pool 4  Olympic Pool 5

Alex and Dan Make it a Family Affair at the Town XC!

In the Darlington Schools’ Cross-Country held at Wyvern Academy, brothers Alex Boyer won the Y7 boys race and Dan Boyer won the Year 10/11 boys event. Carmel, who had nearly 100 athletes competing also won the Year 7 boys and Year 10/11 Girls team races and finished 2nd overall. Many runners have qualified to represent Darlington in the Durham County Championships next January.

To view photographs of the championships please click here.

Sixth Form beat Richmond in National Cup

Carmel Sixth Form Football team beat Richmond School 2 – 0 in the English Schools’ cup. The match was played at Richmond and was keenly contested throughout. Carmel will play Ermysteds Grammar from Skipton at home in the next round.

National Cup

Ski Lessons at Silksworth

Sixteen pupils enjoyed a 2 hour ski lesson at the dry ski slope at Silksworth (Sunderland). This was the first of a series of lessons held throughout November and December. To book a lesson please see Mrs Smith (Student Reception).

Ski Lessons 1  Ski Lessons 2  Ski Lessons 3  Ski Lessons 4

Year 8s Qualify for Rugby Durham County Cup Final

Carmel Y8 rugby team beat Staindrop 10 – 5, English Martyrs 15 – 10 and drew with High Tunstall 5 – 5 to progress to the County Durham Cup final to be held in January 2019.

Year 8 Rugby

Year 9s qualify for County Rugby Plate

In the first round of the County Cup held at Billingham Rugby Club, Carmel Y9 rugby team beat Ian Ramsey 10 – 5 but lost to High Tunstall 17 – 5. This meant they progressed to the Plate competition final and will play English Martyrs from Hartlepool.

Year 9 Rugby 1  Year 9 Rugby 2

Boys finish 6th in the Regional Cross-Country Final

Carmel Junior Boys’ team finished 6th in the English Schools’ Cross-Country Cup Regional final. The race was held at Stewart Park (Middlesbrough). James Wilcock finished 11th, Alex Boyer 12th, Josh Scott 24th, Edward Noble 51st and Adam McNulty 63rd. A big thank you to the Parents and Mr Craddock for their support on the day.

Regional Cross Country

Sarah and Poppy Compete in the National Schools’ Equestrian Championships – (2 November 2018)

Year 10 students, Poppy Carr and Sarah Wilcock, represented Carmel College at the NSEA Championships at Keysoe in Bedfordshire last weekend. Poppy competed in the 85cm JWS (jumping with style) class on her pony, Carnsdale Dun Good. They jumped a lovely round with 2 unfortunate poles over a very technical course. They picked up the 6th best style mark. However, the jumping penalties knocked them out of the top placings.

Sarah and Patchwork Ireland made it into the top 10 individuals’ jump off in the 95cm and 105m Showjumping. They also got very good style marks in the 95cm JWS but accumulated 8 time faults to knock them out of the placings. We are hoping to see more Carmel students at NSEA competitions next year. Full results and information about the qualifying competitions are available on the NSEA website.

NSEA Championships

Carmel U16s Qualify for County Durham Cup

Despite having a year 11 football match on the same evening as the County Durham Tournament, a weakened Carmel side qualified for the County Durham Cup by finishing 2nd in their group. The results were as follows:

YR 10/11 South Round 1 Cup Results

South Group 1

Team Name A B C Tries Scored Points Position
A – St John’s   0-31 17-40 3 2 3rd
B – Ian Ramsey 31-0   7-5 6 6 1st
C- High Tunstall 40-17 5-7   9 4 2nd

South Group 2

Team Name A B C Tries Scored Points Position
A – English Martyrs   15-19 5-15 4 2 3rd
B – Carmel College 19-15   7-19 4 4 2nd
C- Egglescliffe 15-5 19-7   6 6 1st

Next Round Table

CUP- Provisionally 12/12 PLATE – Provisionally 12/12
Ian Ramsey English Martyrs
Egglescliffe St John’s
High Tunstall Lord Lawson
Carmel College Durham Johnston
St Thomas Moore St Aidan’s
Whitburn St Leonard’s

National Gold for Ella Boyer

Ella Boyer (9P) has won a Gold Medal at the Under 15 National Age Group Water Polo Championships held at Manchester Aquatic Centre. Ella was part of the City of Sheffield Water Polo team, who convincingly won all their group games and went on to beat City of Liverpool 10-5 in the semi-finals and Cheltenham 14-3 in the Finals.

Ella’s “home” club is Sedgefield Water Polo Club based in Newton Aycliffe, but for this National competition was drafted into the City of Sheffield squad along with all the other leading U15 female Water Polo players from the North East.

This has meant her training in Sheffield 2-3 times a week (on top of her normal training schedule) during September/October, with all this dedication and hard work paying off with this fantastic achievement. Congratulations Ella!

For further details please click:

Ella Boyer  Ella Boyer 2

Senior Girls North East Swimming Champions

Year 11 students Millie Anderson, Alice Day and Niamh Sweeney, along with Year 12 student Olivia Halliday, won both the Senior Girls Medley and Freestyle Relay, at the English Schools’ Swimming Association Team Championships North East Division Relays. The event was held at Freemans Quay, Durham. The girls now have to wait to see if their time will qualify them for the National finals at the Olympic Pool Stratford, London.

Carmel had a total of 40 swimmers competing in all age groups from year 7 – 13. The Carmel swimming club is open to all pupils on a Wednesday morning (7.15 – 8.15am) at the Dolphin Centre.


Boys Qualify for Regional Cross-Country Final

Alex Boyer, Edward Noble, Josh Scott, James Wilcock and Chris Bailey represented Carmel in the English Schools’ Cross-Country Cup first round match, held at Preston Park in Stockton. They all ran very well finishing 2nd team in the Junior Boys section, thus qualifying for the North East regional final in November. Other results were as follows:

9th in the Junior Girls
5th in the Inter Girls
6th in the Inter Boys.

Cross Country

Michael Secures Sports Scholarship in the USA

Former Carmel Student Michael Butterfield (2011 – 2018) has secured a football scholarship to study a mechanical engineering degree at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa USA. Michael is thoroughly enjoying his time in the States both academically and on the sports field. Congratulations Michael!

Michael Butterfield

Year 8 Rugby Team Qualify For County Finals

The Year 8 Rugby team beat Grangefield 10-5, High Tunstall 10-0 and Egglescliffe 15-5 at Allens West and have therefore qualified for the County Finals to be played at Billingham Rugby Club in November. Congratulations to them all!

Year 8 Rugby Team

Year 9 Sports Leaders Organise Primary Golf Festival

Sixteen Year 9 Sports Leaders led the Darlington Primary Schools’ Tri-Golf Festival held at Darlington Golf Club. The event was very successful and the leaders were all a credit to Carmel.

Golf Festival 1  Golf Festival 3  Golf Festival 4  Golf Festival 5  Golf Festival 6  Golf Festival 7  Golf Festival 8  Golf Festival 9  Golf Festival 2

Free Taster Days at the Carmel Sailing Club

Over the next two Saturdays, there are a few places left to spend a whole day sailing with the Carmel Sailing club. The days are free and include transport, equipment and instruction. If you are interested please see Mr Summers as soon as possible.

Sailing 1  Sailing 2  Sailing 3

Carmel Swimming Club Proving Popular – 27th September 2018

The College swimming club, which runs every Wednesday from 7.15 to 8.15am, at the Dolphin Centre, has nearly 30 regular swimmers. They are all assigned a lane dependent on ability and a swimming coach who leads them through various practices/drills followed by some fun activities. If you would like to join the swimming club please see Mr Hannaford or Mrs Smith (student reception) for further details.

Carmel Swimming Club

Carmel U14 Rugby Team Start Season with Three Wins! – (27th September 2018)

The U14 rugby team coached by Mr Holmes and Mr Hannaford played their first three matches in the County Tournament at Allens West Playing Fields. In cold and wet conditions, they beat Ingleby Manor 35 – 0, High Tunstall 20 – 10 and Ian Ramsey 40 – 10. The boys were a real credit to Carmel in their attitude and sportsmanship.

Carmel U14 Rugby Team Start Season with Three Wins!

U16 Rugby team in County 10-A-Side Final – (27th September 2018)

The U16 rugby team lost narrowly to a very strong Egglescliffe team in the final of the Cleveland County 10-a-side rugby finals. The tournament was played at the Allens West Playing Fields. The team is looking for a sponsor for a new team strip. If you know anyone who is interested please contact Mr Hannaford.

U16 Rugby team in County 10-A-Side Final

Joseph Billany wins County Squash Title

Joseph Billany 7J and Malachi Tindale 7A took part in the Durham & Cleveland County Closed Junior Championships on Saturday at Norton Squash Club. Joseph won and Malachi was runner-up.

Carmel Rugby Fixtures 2018-2019

Please click here to see the Carmel rugby fixtures for 2018-19.

James Wilcock and Daniel Boyer Contest National School Games

James Wilcock (8C) Daniel Boyer (10A) will be representing the North East for Triathlon at the National School Games at Loughborough University from Thurs 30th August to Sunday 2nd September. James is competing in the Laser run which involves running and shooting and Daniel will contest a series of events:

Thursday 30th Aug – Aquathlon (Swim/Run)
Friday 31st Aug – Cycle Skill Test and Duathlon (Cycle/Run)
Saturday 1st Sep – Mixed Team Relay Triathlon (Swim/Cycle/Run)

We wish them both the best of luck!

English Schools’ Track & Field Championships

Carmel had 3 athletes representing Durham at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships in Birmingham. Lucy-Erin Hunter finished 9th in the Senior Girls 1500m final, in a time of 4.46.52 seconds, Layla Bell finished 5th in her heat of the Senior Girls 100m, in a time of 12.74secs and Darcey Garbutt, despite being a year younger, finished 9th in her heat of the Junior Girls 100m in a time of 13.20 seconds.

Click here to see the full results.

English Schools Track and Field Championships

British Modern Biathlon Series – Northern Regional Qualifier – 7th October 2018 (Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham)

Please Click here for further details.

Biathlon Poster 2018

James Wilcock Wins Two Bronze Medals at the UK School Games.

James qualified to represent England North U’14s in the Laser Run event being held as part of the Schools Games Final 2018 earlier in the summer.

First established back in 2006, the School Games has since become a launching pad for future Olympic and Paralympic stars, and following the success of London 2012 has taken on the mission of demonstrating the legacy around our home Games using National Lottery funding from Sport England. As at the end of the 2017 event, 19,200 young athletes have competed in the School Games – including those who have competed in former sports such as Fencing, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis and Volleyball. Among that number are Olympic and Paralympic medal winners such as Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft, Jonny Peacock and Max Whitlock.

The School Games included an Opening Ceremony and an Athletes Village, as well as the Athlete Education Programme (AEP), aimed at providing athletes with the opportunity to engage in workshops designed to prepare them for elite level sport. This included sessions delivered by UK Anti Doping (UKAD), workshops about the Integrity of Sport, as well as opportunities for athletes to spend time with Athlete Mentors to gain an insight into life as an elite athlete.

During the three days at the event, James was successful in securing two bronze medals, U14 boys team and U14’s mixed relay.

It was an amazing experience living in an athletes village, eating in the athlete’s canteens, attending lectures and workshops delivered by Olympians, mixing with over 1000 other athletes from 11 different sports and competing in front of a large crowd.

Full results and a video replay of the races is available at

The next exciting challenge is the Laser-Run World Championships being held in Dublin at the September. Both James and his sister, Sarah, have been selected to represent Great Britain in the U13 boys and U17 girls classes.

It is anticipated that there will be over 20 countries participating.

Laser Run 1  Laser Run 2  Laser Run 3