Students & Volunteers Help Festival Of Football Run Smoothly

Over 100 pupils from 12 local Primary Schools flocked to East Durham College, braving the elements, to attend the annual Festival of Football regional competition.

The event held on Tuesday 9th November, especially for girls, took place on the all-weather pitches at the Prescott Sports Centre at the College.

Despite the very cold and wet conditions the girls stuck it out and after 13 toughly contested matches Dene House Primary School, from Peterlee, came out on top beating runners up Howletch, 4-0 in the Final.

Dene House will now go on to represent the East Durham area in the County Festival Finals, to be held on 4th December at Maiden Castle in Durham.

The day was organised and run by Sport Students and the vTalent volunteers from East Durham College.

vTalent is a volunteering scheme set up to give young people aged 16-25 the opportunity to enhance the further education sector, gain skills and to improve their employability. Their involvement was as part of a national campaign by V called 'Make The Team' which encourages team volunteering.

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at the College, said: “I’m delighted the students and vTalent volunteers have shown that working together really does work. The professionalism they showed was great and they are a credit to themselves and the College.

“It really helped to highlighted just what you can gain from volunteering, I am proud of each and every one of them. Good luck to the girls from Dene House at the County Finals.”