Football is taught across the whole school by our football coach, Steve Ballard. There is an inclusive Year 1 and 2 football team and a Year 3 and 4 team. We also have a year 5 and 6 development squad who are selected by Steve for their footballing ability.

Children of all ages also have the opportunity to take part in a football club during Friday enrichment clubs.

Our Year 5 and 6 team are part of the North East English schools Football

In the past our school football team has won the Orchard Primary Invitational School Tournament, The St Bede’s League Championship and the North East League.

Steve, our football coach also runs a football club on the school premises on a Tuesday night for Year 1 and 2, Year 4 and 5 and Year 6 and 7.

The secret of our success is that the children have access to high quality football coaching from an early age (Year1) and build their skills up over time. Steve Ballard is our football coach with years of experience as a player and FA qualified coach. He has previously played for the England international futsal squad, the England colleges squad, Portsmouth FC and Wimbledon FC. Steve has boundless energy and enthusiasm and has developed the skill and sportsman ship of our team; with the school football team winning all their games last year.


Steve Ballard, our football coach