Sport & PE

It’s a Carmel Clean Sweep at the Tees Valley Rugby Finals – 22 March 2019
Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar each held a qualifying tournament to find their best two rugby teams. These 10 teams for each age group played in the Tees Valley rugby finals at Redcar Rugby Club. Each age group played 4 matches in the group stage, then a semi-final and then a final. The Carmel Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 teams all played excellent rugby and all won their finals to be crowned Tees Valley Champions! Congratulations to all of the players!

Tees Valley Rugby Finals


GREAT SPORTING WEEKEND FOR CARMEL! – 18 March 2019
Alex Boyer (7E) won the Under 12 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace representing Carmel College at the weekend. Along with India Pentland winning the English Schools’ Cross-Country on Saturday, that means Carmel had two national schools champions crowned over the weekend. I guess that doesn’t happen very often!

Alex was lying 11th after the swim (50m Free 31.84 seconds) but the points totals were very tight on the leader board, so it was all down to the run. He then managed to produce a storming 800m on the track (2.28.10 taking five seconds off his personal best), finishing third on the run and securing enough points to win the overall combined swim/run title.

This repeats his win as an Under 10 when he represented Holy Family School.

To see the results please click here.


Darcey Wins the North East Counties Pentathlon Title – 18 March 2019
Darcey Garbutt (9E) won the North East Counties Indoor Pentathlon Championships at the weekend. Competing for Gateshead Harriers she took part in the hurdles, shot putt, long jump, high jump and the 800m where she broke several personal bests. Darcey is currently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for her age over 60m. Well done Darcey!


Rebecca Wins Bronze At British Champs – 18 March 2019
Rebecca Butterfield (12JS) competed at the British Schools judo competition in Sheffield this weekend and won a bronze medal in the year 12/13 age group. Many congratulations Rebecca!


India Wins English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships – 16 March 2019

Despite being a year young, India Pentland (12BL) representing Durham, won the senior girls race at the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships on Saturday. She beat off competition from over 300 runners, on a very wet and muddy course, at Temple Newsam in Leeds. In a thrilling finish, she was third going up the final hill, before pulling away in the closing stages to win by 4 seconds. Mr Hannaford, who has been the County Durham team manager for over 30 years, said he was delighted to finally see an athlete from Carmel cross the line in first place. We are all very proud of India!

To view photos from the English Schools’ Cross-Country Championships please click here.

To see the full results please click here.


India Wins UK Cross Country Title

India Pentland (12BL) won the UK Inter-County Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on Saturday 9 March. India enjoyed her first national cross-country title when the North East Counties athlete took the under-17 women’s race by 12 seconds from Tia Wilson of Bedfordshire and Shannon Flockhart of Cambridgeshire.

“It was a really good race,” said Pentland. “There was a big pack of us all the way until near the end, when myself and Tia broke away. Then I felt strong and thought I’d give it a go.”

India has already won the Northern Cross country title earlier this year. Many congratulations India.


Primary Swimming Galas led by Carmel Sports Leaders

Three Darlington Primary Schools’ Swimming Galas at the Dolphin Centre were led by sports leaders from year 9 and 10. The galas held over three days were attended by 24 primary schools. The leaders were used as timekeepers, team managers and demonstrators and were all praised by the organisers, the Dolphin Centre staff and the primary schools. School games organiser, Allison Raw, said they were all an absolute credit to the College and a pleasure to work with. Well done to all of the young leaders!

Primary Swimming Galas


Emma and Jessica Get Active at Loughborough University

Emma Burgess (10L) and Jessica Briggs (11C) have been selected to represent the Tees Valley Leadership Academy at the Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Camp at Loughborough University in April. The camp is funded by Sport England and run in partnership with Women in Sport, the camp seeks to increase sport and physical activity levels among girls aged 14 – 16. The girls will participate in a series of practical sessions, looking at how they can become role models for other girls and inspire them to participate, lead and volunteer in sport. Emma and Jessica have been coaching the young swimmers at the Carmel Swimming Club. Congratulations to both of you!


Ski Falcade 2019 – Pupils Enjoy Italian Snow and Sun in the Dolomites!

During the February half-term, 81 pupils travelled to Falcade, in the Italian Dolomites for the annual Ski Course. They enjoyed 5 hours of ski lessons per day with the Falcade Ski School and, by the end of the week, all of them had at least skied from the top of the mountain to the bottom. They stayed in the Stella Alpina hotel and also went ice skating, swimming and tubing. At the end of the week they all took part in the ski slalom, competing against peers from their own ski groups. It really was an incredible week and letters for next year are already being snapped up!

To view all of the photos of the week please click here.

To view the slalom results please click here.

Ski 1  Ski 2  Ski 3


Year 9s Win County Rugby Plate

The year 9 rugby team beat St.Aidan’s (Sunderland) 40-0 and Emmanuel College (Gateshead) 40-0 to win the County Durham Rugby Plate. The finals were played at Blaydon Rugby Club in freezing conditions. Mr Holmes and Mr Hannaford who coach the team were both delighted with the boys’ performance.

Year 9 Rugby Plate


Water Smart Kids! – 23 January 2019

Twenty-eight pupils spent a day at the Dolphin Centre working towards the Watersmart qualification. Instructors Tom Ward and Andrew Goode led the pupils through several practical workshops including:

* water safety theory
* staying safe around open water
* life support and CPR
* practical lifesaving.

The qualification is part of the Active Carmel project and the Carmel Swimming Club.

Water Smart Kids


Year 7 Girls are Tees Valley Sportshall Athletics Champions

At the Tees Valley Sportshall Athletics Championships, held at Eston Sports Centre, Carmel athletes were very competitive winning medals in three age groups. The Year 7 girls finished first, the year 7 boys runners-up and the year 8 boys were third. The year 8 girls came 6th out of the 10 finalists. Carmel was the top Darlington school in all age groups.

Year 7 Girls Sportshall


Olympic Swimmer Launches Project Active Carmel

Chris Cook, who swam in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, launched the ‘Active Carmel’ project at Carmel College. Over two days, he led assemblies across the college with the theme of Step forward, Step up, Stand out and Achieve! He then worked with pupils on their approach to challenging situations, teamwork and resilience.

The Active Carmel project has been funded by the National Lottery and will run until July 2019.

Sport England is spending up to £13.5million on a teacher training programme – the first ‘significant’ investment in secondary school PE since 2008. The scheme is designed to help secondary school PE teachers ‘foster a more positive attitude to physical education’ among pupils.

Carmel, with its outstanding record of sporting success along with a comprehensive extra-curricular programme, was one of only 42 schools selected nationally to run a pilot project before it is run out across the country.

Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England, said the scheme will ‘help schools and teachers design a wider range of opportunities to increase young people’s enjoyment or sport and PE’.

Project manager, PE teacher Simon Hannaford, says “We have designed activities to encourage and increase participation and enjoyment in physical activity across the college. These will include a new sports leadership academy, climbing, sailing, boxercise, metafit, handball, dance and a whole lot more. We will have weekly challenges which will link physical activity to other subjects. The inter-house sports programme will be expanded and everything will be linked into the college reward programme ‘Class Charts’. It is a very exciting time with PE being the focal point in the college, but it great that both the pupils and staff have all bought into it”.

To view the Active Carmel video please click here:


Active Carmel Presentation


British Junior Squash Open

On the 2nd of January 2019, Year 7, Joseph Billany participated in the British Junior Open which is the most prestigious competition in junior squash with over 650 competitors across all age groups and from all corners of the world!

Joseph played in what was a world class field of competitors and won one of his matches coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Although this was his only win he competed hard with a first class attitude finishing 48 out of 64 which is a fantastic result considering it’s his first year at under 13 level.

Joseph Billany


Former World Number 1 Coaches Squash Players
Aspiring squash players all enjoyed the experience of being coached by former world number one Nick Matthews at Sedgefield Squash Club on Friday night. They had a great time and were given some top tips to improve their games.

Squash 2018


Isaac Ryans selected for Falcons Trial

After many hours of video analysis and reading of reports from independent coaches and selectors the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Academy have selected Isaac Ryans (10J) to attend two trial sessions in the New Year. He will be assessed on the basics of the game Run, Catch & Pass. Isaac will also be measured in Strength & Conditioning and Gym work as to his potential for joining the Junior Academy – Congratulations and Good Luck Isaac!


24 Runners Selected to represent Darlington in County Cross-Country Championships

After good runs in the Darlington Schools’ Cross-Country Championships, the following pupils have been selected to represent the Town in the Durham Schools’ Championships, on Saturday 19 January 2019, at Barnard Castle School:

Alex Boyer (Y7), Josh Scott (Y7), Ed Noble (Y7), Waleria Peplinska (Y7), Katherine Willson-Downes (Y7), Michael Calabro (Y9), Spencer Joyeaux (Y9), Adam Clayton (Y9), Amelia Hunter (Y9), Lily Large (Y8), Daniel Boyer (Y11), Ciaran Lines (Y11), Max Pearson (Y10), Megan Noble (Y11), Sarah Wilcock (Y10), Eleanor Clulow (Y10), Olivia McCready (Y11), Millie Foster (Y10), Lucy Whiting (Y11), Jess Briggs (Y11), Robyn Atkinson (Y11), Alice Day (Y11), Ellie Phillips (Y12) and India Pentland (Y12).


Tees Valley Young Coaches Academy

The following girls will be attending the Tees Valley Young Coaches Academy on Wednesday 19th December at the Middlesbrough FC Foundation: Niamh Sweeney, Jess Briggs, Matilda Spellman, Sarah Wilcock and Emma Burgess. They have been selected for their coaching at the Carmel Swimming Club.

They will participate in the following workshops:

1) Introduction to the Young Coaches Academy (Theory)

2) Understanding Your Participants (Theory)

3) Planning & Leading Sessions (Practical)

4) Philosophy & Ethics (Theory)

5) Deployment & Next Steps

They will then be tasked with working with a group of 10 young people for 10 weeks. There will be a following half day training and they may continue on to e.g. Loughborough Girls Active Camp then a potential trip to Endicott College, America.


Disability Sport


Christmas Treats at the Swimming Club

There will be festive hot chocolate and Muffins for the Swimmers on the last swim before Christmas next Wednesday.

Christmas Swimming


Year 8 win Cleveland County Cup

The Year 8 Rugby team beat High Tunstall 40 – 10 and OLSB 20 – 10 to win the Cleveland 10-aside Cup.


Year 9 Runners-Up in County Tournament

The Year 9 Rugby team beat High Tunstall 15-0 in the finals of the Cleveland Schools’ Rugby Tournament and then lost to Egglescliffe 15-0, despite dominating the game for long periods. The finals were played on a cold wet night at Billingham Rugby Club.


Squash Trio represent County Durham

3 students 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 the Under 15 team making it through to the Trophy Finals to be held in February. The Under 13 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!


Excellence in The Olympic Pool

4 students 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 younger, 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


Family Affair at the Town XC!

In the Darlington Schools’ Cross-Country held at Wyvern Academy, one brother won the Year 7 boys race and another 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.


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.


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).


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 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.


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). Carmel students finished 11th, 12th, 24th, 51st and 63rd. A big thank you to the Parents and Mr Craddock for their support on the day.


Students Compete in the National Schools’ Equestrian Championships – (2 November 2018)

Two Year 10 students represented Carmel College at the NSEA Championships at Keysoe in Bedfordshire last weekend. One 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.

The other student 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.


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 Carmel Student

A Carmel College student has won a Gold Medal at the Under 15 National Age Group Water Polo Championships held at Manchester Aquatic Centre. She 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.

Her “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: https://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/sheffield-land-national-title/


Senior Girls North East Swimming Champions

Three Year 11 students along with a Year 12 student, 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.


Sports Scholarship in the USA

A former Carmel Student has secured a football scholarship to study a mechanical engineering degree at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa USA. He is thoroughly enjoying his time in the States both academically and on the sports field. Congratulations!


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 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.


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 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 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.


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.


County Squash Title

Two Year 7 students took part in the Durham & Cleveland County Closed Junior Championships on Saturday at Norton Squash Club. One won and the other was runner-up.


Carmel Rugby Fixtures 2018-2019

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


National School Games

Two students will be representing the North East for Triathlon at the National School Games at Loughborough University from Thurs 30th August to Sunday 2nd September. One is competing in the Laser run which involves running and shooting and the other 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.


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

Please Click here for further details.

Biathlon Poster 2018