Newcastle School for Boys



Seven teams from across the Newcastle, Durham and Cumbria area came together to contest the second annual Under 10 ISFA Tournament.  In a tournament where 72 boys (and girls) competed, a hard-fought league went down to the final round of fixtures before a final was decided.  After the last round of fixtures, Dame Allan’s school from Newcastle were clear on 15 points, with Durham’s Choristers school second on 12 points, one point ahead of hosts NSB and RGS Newcastle on 11.  The final, between Dame Allan’s and Choristers, was a replay of the group-stage encounter, when Dame Allan’s had prevailed 2-0.  However, since then the Choristers side had grown in confidence and more than matched their opponents in the final, though no breakthrough was made.  Sudden Death Extra-time was required and, during the two-minute period, both teams had chances but were stopped by brilliant ‘keeping. With 10 seconds left before a penalty shootout, a speculative ball was played down the left-channel by Choristers and, without taking a touch, their striker took on the volley which flew into the far top corner of the net, the goal of the tournament winning Choristers the trophy.

Overall the tournament was a fantastic success, with 22 matches played and many goals scored, and Newcastle School for Boys look forward to hosting and growing the tournament next year.


In consecutive weeks in March, Newcastle School for Boys hosted two ISFA Football Festivals for children in their area.  With over 100 children attending the two events collectively, the festivals were a massive success and everyone got the opportunity to play and take part in some fantastic sessions.

With training sessions and fun games run by NSB’s Sports Leaders from Years 11 and 10, it was fantastic to see older boys passing on advice and skills to the younger children, with some excellent coaching and teaching on show from the older boys.  The children were able to have a go at four different stations before being put into mixed-school teams for matches, helping them to not only put their skills into practice but also improve their social, communication and team-working skills by working with players from other schools.  With many spectators in attendance, the festivals were a resounding success and it was excellent to see children from many schools come together and share their love of football, and help each other to improve.

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Under 10 Tournament
Newcastle School for Boys (NSB) hosted their second ISFA tournament, and first at Under 10 level, this Spring, featuring six teams from five schools.  58 boys came with their schools to take part in a hotly-contested tournament, with only the top two teams from the group playing again in the final. The result came down to goal difference, with the telling result coming in the Dame Allan’s vs NSB match.  Despite the majority of possession and many more shots on goal, NSB couldn’t find a way through.  Dame Allan’s scored a top-corner screamer to snatch the game 1-0 – the only goal NSB would concede all tournament saw them finish third in the rankings, missing out on final by goal difference alone.  In the final, Dame Allan’s had numerous opportunities to score but were unable to convert and, as extra-time beckoned, RGS broke and scored a great team goal, the finish coming off the underside of the bar. Newcastle legend and Premiership goalkeeper of 20 years, Steve Harper, was on hand to watch some fantastic football, and it was fitting that the six teams showcased some fantastic goalkeeping in particular.  NSB thoroughly enjoyed hosting the first in what is now an annual event and look forward to growing the tournament even further in the coming years.

Under 8 & 9 Festival
Newcastle School for Boys were thrilled to be asked to host the inaugural North-East Under 8 and 9 Football Skills Festival.  Hosting 34 boys and supported fantastically by the Northumberland FA’s skills team, all the boys were able to hone and grow their skillsets in a number of small-sided games, all with specific goals designed to encourage time and comfort on the ball.  Following their skills sessions, four mixed teams were made featuring players from the different schools and the boys were encouraged to transfer their newly-learned skills into a full game.  Some fantastic goals were scored but, even more importantly, it was great to see so many young players play with their heads up, comfortable with the ball at their feet.  We are excited to get even more players into these events in the coming years and help to support the growth of football in independent schools in the North-East.


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