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York High have a feast at the York City Football Festival!

On Tuesday 15th December 2015, the Year 9 boys and combined Year 7 & 8, five-a-side football teams went to Burnholme to compete in the York City Football Festival. There were 6 teams at the tournament and these were split into two pools, with both our teams being in different pools.

Year 9 opened their account with a 4-0 win over Huntington, closely followed by an 8-0 victory over Canon Lee. The games were repeated and the Year 9 boys repeated their goal scoring by slotting another 5 goals past Huntington (5-0) and another 7 goals past Canon Lee (7-2), Jack Graham scoring a rare goal and thereby winning Ms Evans’ remaining stash of Oreo biscuits!  So onto the semi final they went as winners of the group.

Year 7 & 8 combined opened their account with an 8-0 win over Millthorpe but were defeated in their second game 7-1 by Grove Academy (who had Year 10’s in their team). They beat Millthorpe again 7-2, with a brilliant long range effort from Tom Dale and their final game was a close fought battle against the older players at Grove Academy, losing 5-2. They then went into the semi-finals as runners up in their group and played our Year 9 team.

The Year 9 boys won the semi-final against the Year 7 & 8 combined team but it was a really nice, friendly game with the Year 9 boys showing a great level of respect and maturity to their younger peers. So, onto the final for the Year 9 boys against Grove Academy and onto the 3rd and 4th place play off for the Year 7 & 8 combined team.

The final started tight but once the boys relaxed and got into their rhythm of scoring they were very impressive, communicating, encouraging each other and very respectful of the opposition. They easily beat the older Grove boys 5-1. Year 7 & 8 combined played Canon Lee in the play off and although they didn’t win, they were playing against older/much bigger boys and I hope that this has proved to be a rewarding experience for them all. All players received a well-deserved free match ticket to the York City match this weekend.

Well done to you all.  We are really proud of the way in which you conducted yourselves, you represented our school and yourselves brilliantly!


Year 9 Boys: Jamie Thornton (19 goals), Danny Allinson (9 goals), Luke Morris (4 goals), Rhys Ducey (2 goals), Jack Graham (2 (well deserved!) goals) and Reece Coulson (goal keeper).


Year 7 & 8 combined: Katie Ann Taylor, Tom Dale, Scott Birch, Jack Scholes, Josh Arrowsmith and Jordan Colebourn – goals scored by the team was 20 in total.