Welcome to our Sports page. This webpage is dedicated to all of the fantastic things we do here at St Joseph’s to promote sports!! Our main priorities this year for sports are:
- Continue to provide a wide range of sporting opportunities for all.
- Increase the equal opportunities for sports so that girls have more opportunity to play competitively in a wide range of sports.
- Provide a wider range of competitive sporting opportunities for all children in a variety of sports.
Please visit this webpage, as well as our School News page, to see any updates relating to our sports successes! We are extremely excited for what we are sure will be another hugely successful year at St Joseph’s!
Active Learning at St Joseph’s
We are very passionate about active learning at St Josephs! We have already fully embedded our Burn2Learn approach at St Joseph’s and now have began a new journey of Tagtiv8. This is a new scheme for us that we are really excited to get started with! The children have all had a taster session with the coach from Tagtiv8 and absolutely loved it! Tagtiv8 is a fun, active way that we can learn right across the curriculum from the core subjects to the non core. We’re now excited to be using this throughout our broad and balanced curriculum at St Josephs!
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Sports Kit Shop
Many of the children at St Joseph’s are involved in sports both in and out of school. If you would like to purchase any of the school’s items of sports clothing, please follow the link to our school shop. The items are sold through Pendal Sports and a percentage of all purchases is returned to school to be used on sports equipment.
To visit the school shop, please click here. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link into your own web browser st-josephs-catholic-primary-school.footballkit.co.uk
We have another extremely exciting year ahead of us for sports! We will continue to promote sporting opportunities for all, where we ensure that every child has the opportunity to represent their school at a competitive sporting event. Keep checking our sports webpage to see all of the exciting things we arrange for sports, and to keep up to date on our sports successes! Here’s a list of competitions/sporting events that we have planned currently:
- U11 Boys’ Football Outer North League (Leeds Schools)
- U11 Girls’ Football Russo League (Leeds Schools)
- U10s Boys’ Football Northern League (Leeds Schools)
- Year 5/6 Mixed Football EFL ‘Road to Wembley’ National Football Competition 2023-24
- Year 5/6 Girls Football EFL ‘Road to Wembley’ National Football Competition 2023-24
- U11 Bishop’s Cup – Football (9-aside, mixed)
- U11 Catenian Cup – Football (7-aside, mixed, one day event TBC)
- U11 The Gregory the Great Cup – Football (5-aside, GIRLS only, one day event TBC
- U11 The Bishop Roche Trophy – Netball (7-aside, GIRLS only, one day event TBC)
- The Catholic Schools Cross Country Championship and Fun Run (June/July – date TBC)
- U11 North West Netball League – (7-aside, mixed, one day event – 15th March)
- Y6 U11s Leeds Cup – Football
- Y5 U10s Moran Cup – Football
- Y4 U9s Datacable Cup – Football
- Y3 Football League (Leeds Schools)
- Y4 Football League (Leeds Schools)
U11s Boys EFL ‘Road to Wembley’ Finals Day AND U11s Girls Premier League Primary Stars Finals Day
On Monday 29th January, both our U11s girls and U11s boys teams headed to the Leeds United’s training ground for the finals day for their retrospective competition: Boys – EFL Road to Wembley competition and Girls: Premier League Primary Stars Competition. Both teams were absolutely outstanding, playing first class football and showing excellent grit, determination, skill, passion and teamwork. After the knock out stage, both teams were top of the leader board automatically sending them through to the semi final, which they both then won! The boys played Woodlesford in the final and after not conceding any goals all day, lost right in the last few minutes (3-0). The girls played GSAL in their final and after an even game, GSAL just did it and won 2-1. Our teams came back to school as the EFL Road to Wembley Competition RUNNERS UP and the Girls Premier League Primary Stars RUNNERS UP! What a fantastic day had by all and for many of the children, their very first time playing at the training ground of Leeds United Football Team. We are so incredibly proud of both teams and their achievement in getting to this finals day, but being one of the best teams out of all the Leeds Schools! A huge thank you to Mr Hullah who coaches the U11s boys and thank you to Mrs Riddington, Mrs Alderson and Mrs Trower for their support on the day.
The girls also had the opportunity to meet Rebekah Bass, one of the Leeds United women’s first team players and they heard all about how she became a professional footballer. This was extremely inspiring for the girls as Bekki played for the academy at Leeds United, which some of our children already play for. Bekki stayed for the afternoon of the girls’ competition to show her support and this was wonderful for the children to have a Leeds United’s first team player watching them in action!
U11s Girls’ Team – League Matches & Premier League Primary Stars Girls Competition Qualifying Event
Our U11s team have won 3 more of their league matches this week against Primrose Lane 4-1, Collingham 5-0 and East Garforth 1-0. On Thursday, they also attended the Girls Premier League Primary Stars qualifying event. They played superbly; with excellent teamwork, communication, encouragement of each other and of course, fantastic football skills! After being undefeated throughout the day and only conceding 1 goal, they are through to the regional finals which will take place in the new year where they will compete against the top schools in Leeds who have all also qualified for the chance of representing Leeds United FC at a Premier League stadium against other teams around the country! We are so proud of the team!
WVLP Y5/6 Football Tournament
On Thursday 9th November, twelve children from Y5 and 6 represented the school in the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Games Football at Boston Spa Academy. The children all played brilliantly well in cold, wet conditions. We played nine matches in total against seven local schools and had a mix of wins, draws and loses. Heads stayed high throughout all of the matches and the children played with smiles on their faces, showing great sportsmanship, perseverance and skill. Hollie and Alf in Y6 got special mentions from the organisers at the end of tournament for their excellent football. Well done Y5 and 6 – a cold, wet but enjoyable afternoon!
U11s Boys Football League Match
Congratulations to our U11s Boys team who represented St Joseph’s so well tonight as they played their first league match against Deighton Gates, winning 7-2. A fantastic game of football showing excellent skill, team work, sportsmanship and encouragement of each other! Thank you to Mr Hullah and Mr Thirlwell for giving up their own time to coach and referee the match and well done again to the team!
U11s EFL “Road to Wembley”
Our Y6 U11s boys team played at a qualifying tournament for the EFL ‘Road to Wembley’ at Bodington Football Hub on Thursday 19th October 2023. The team showed excellent behaviour, manners, sportsmanship and kindness to each other as well as to other players on the day. We are extremely excited to announce that St Joseph’s were the top of the leaderboard at the end of the tournament and are therefore through to the next round where they will continue on their ‘Road to Wembley’ where they complete for the chance to represent Leeds United at Wembley Stadium. We are so proud of the team and how they represented St Joseph’s at their first event of the year. Thank you to Mr Hullah and Mrs Riddington for giving up their own time to support the team on this day. Another exciting year of sports is clearly ahead of us!
Y3 Football League News
Y6 Girls’ Football – First Match of the Russo League
Our first football match of the year took place yesterday, at home, where our Y6 girls’ team played Deighton Gates in their first league match. They had a fantastic result, winning 12-1! Our Girls’ team showed great skill, teamwork, communication and encouragement of each other which was wonderful to see. We are very excited for what we are sure will be an exciting year for our girls’ footballers. Our Girls’ Captain this year is Orla with Martha being her Vice Captain. Congratulations to the team! A huge thank you also to Mr Trower for helping out and refereeing the match and to all parents/carers that supported the girls.
180 children at St Joseph’s have represented school in at least one competitive sports event this year.
Girls Gregory the Great Cup – Runners up
On Monday 10th July, our Y5 girls’ team represented St Joseph’s at the Gregory the Great Cup against many Catholic schools in Leeds. The team played fantastically, showing excellent skills, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, drive and resilience! The first stage of cup was a tournament within the leagues, and the team only conceded 2 goals throughout this tournament and we won 4 out of the 6 matches we played, against Ss Peter and Paul, Holy Rosary, St Joseph’s Hunslet, St Anthony’s, Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart. After the tournament stage, we were then grouped into either the Gregory the Great Cup, Gregory the Great Plate or Gregory the Great Shield. The team did not give up, and showed real perseverance and drive throughout all their matches! It was absolutely brilliant to watch! The girls team came away as Gregory the Great Plate Runners Up, with a close final match against Ss Peter and Paul, who rightly deserved the overall win! Huge congratulations to the Y5 girls’ team – what a wonderful day and a huge success for them all!
Catholic Schools Cross Country Championship and Fun Run!
Last week, on Monday, our FS2 and KS1 classes, as well as 8 children from each KS2 class, attending the Catholic Schools Cross Country Championship and Fun Run Event. This is held every year and we are so pleased that so many children could experience such a large sporting event. All the children represented St Joseph’s fantastically, showed resilience, determination and perseverance when running the long distances! A huge shout out to Ronan in Y3 who won the Y3 boys race! This is a huge achievement!
U11s Bishop Cup – WINNERS
KS2 SJF Football Festivals
Over the last week, some of our KS2 pupils have attended a football festival held at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate. As always, our children represented our school excellently, showing superb behaviour, fantastic manners, perseverance, resilience and skill. In Y5/6, the A team won 5 out of 7 games and came 4th in the tournament and the B team won 3 out of 7 games, coming XX in the tournament. In Y3/4, our A team came joint 3rd and our B team came 6th out of 9 teams in total. We are so proud of all the children that attended both events! A huge thank you to Mrs Powell, Mrs Auld and Mr Delafield and all our parent helpers for making this event possible and continuing to support us in providing a range of wonderful opportunities for all of our pupils.
U11s Team Represent Leeds United Football Club at Elland Road, Premier League Primary Stars Tournament
Premier League Stars Huge well done to out U11’s football team who represent Leeds UTD at the Premier League Stars Competition held at Elland Road. St Joseph’s were the Leeds school who represented Leeds United during a tournament involving teams from all around the country and held at Leeds UTD’s home ground. The children had a great time and played great football. Although they didn’t win their group stage, we are beaming with pride…as St Joseph’s were the team, from the whole competition who were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ Trophy which has pride of place on our school trophy cabinet! Congratulations to the whole team! Huge thank you to the coach, Mr Arthur and Mrs Cooper who attended the event with the team along with their team of supporters.
U11s Leeds Catholic Schools – Catenian Cup WINNERS
The Year 6 Boys football team enjoyed a lovely sunny day out at the superbly organised Leeds Catholic Cup. St Theresa’s hosted 250 Children comprising 25 teams organised into 5 leagues of 5 teams. In the morning session, we played 4 league games against St Edward’s Boston Spa, Our Lady’s Good Counsel, St Mary’s Rothwell and Christ the King. The team played excellently, showing passion, drive and dedicated sportsmanship, winning all the games, scoring 9 and conceding only 1 goal.
After lunch, the team moved onto another league, with the winners of the other 4 leagues. The games against St Joseph’s Hunslet, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Augustine’s, & St Benedict’s were much tighter games, but the boys displayed great skill, commitment, teamwork and leadership resulting in 3 wins and a draw, scoring 5 and conceding none at all. Every single member of the squad contributed fantastically and they were rightly very pleased with their efforts. It was a lovely day out and the whole tournament was played in a fantastic spirit. A huge congratulations to our U11s boys team for their success! We are extremely proud of them!
St Joseph’s attend and assist at the Leeds United Premier League Draw
An opportunity arose from the Premier League to include some of the children who are representing LUFC in the finals to assist and feature in the Premier League draw which will be held at Thorp Arch Training Ground next Wednesday. Our Y6 boys’ team names were drawn out of a hat and 4 boys represented St Joseph’s to assist with the Premier League Draw which took place on Wednesday 29th March. The draw took place with presenter and LUFC Ambassador Ben Shires, a LUFC men’s and women’s first team player and was hosted and filmed by the Premier League (film to come soon). This was such an exciting opportunity for 4 of our Y6 footballers who will soon be representing LUFC in the Premier League Schools Final in June.
LSNA Netball Competition
We have attended our first netball tournament of the season with a Y5/6 mixed netball team. We hold netball training sessions weekly so it was extremely exciting to attend the tournament. Schools entered into this tournament would take points through to quarter/semi finals in the future. To say this was St Joseph’s first netball competition in quiet some time, they played fantastically, coming together as a team, supporting each other, showing excellent encouragement and sportsmanship. The children had the opportunity to play in different positions too. A huge well done to our netballers for representing St Joseph’s at the Leeds Schools Netball Association (LSNA) Netball Competition!
WVLP Basketball Games
A group of mixed Y6s attended the WVLP Basketball Games, held at Boston Spa Academy. We are extremely passionate about ensuring that all children have the opportunity to play competitively in sport and the basketball games really highlighted that we have some talented basketballers at St Joseph’s! We came 5th in the competition which we are very proud of because this was our first basketball competition since before the pandemic. The children played well, improving each game they played, supporting their team mates and supporting other schools too. Congratulations to our Y6 basketball team!
FA’s Biggest Ever Football Session for GIRLS
On Wednesday 8th March, which was also International Women’s Day, we held our biggest ever football event in school for all our girls over lunchtime. Nearly every single girl took part in this event, which was optional, and lots of children came up to the sports field to cheer on the girls and show their support. The biggest ever football session included warm up games and agility drills and then allowed all girls who were involved to play competitively in teams, in short matches. We also had a very special visitor, Abi Lee, from Leeds United, who is the Head of the Girls’ Academy and who is a professional footballer herself. She joined us for the football session, leading some matches with the girls and cheering them on and then in the afternoon, the whole school came together in an assembly to hear about Abi’s football career.
She told us about how there weren’t many opportunities for her when she was younger to get into football and she had to join a boys’ football team in school. She was then scouted and went through the Leeds United Academy for girls. She has played professional for Leeds United and has represented our country when she has played for England too! The whole school, including our teachers, were very inspired from Abi’s visit!
A huge thank you to Mrs Powell, Mr Arthur and Mrs Cooper for arranging this event and to Mr Lawrence, for arranging for Abi to come into school for this special occasion!
At St Joseph’s, we work hard to ensure equal opportunities for our children and this year has been the most exciting one yet for girls’ football, with many exciting tournaments and matches that have already taken place. We have so much planned for this year, and beyond, to get more girls into sports! We are so thrilled that all involved in this event had such a brilliant time! We are so proud of our whole school community for what was such a wonderful event on Wednesday!
U11s Boys’ Football Success! National Finals – We are going to Elland Road!
Our U11s Boys’ football team were at Leeds United’s training ground in Thorp Arch yesterday with Mr Arthur and Mrs Cooper for the regional finals of the Premier League Tournament. Once again, showing their excellent commitment and dedication to the game, sportsmanship and skillset and after a fantastic, memorable day, the boys won and are through to the national finals! They will be representing Leeds United Football Club at Elland Road in June where they will wear the first kit and play against other Premier League teams whose local teams have played in similar Premier League tournaments! Our Y6 team (which includes 2 Y5 boys too) represented our school wonderfully at this event. We are so proud of you all! A huge thank you to Mr Arthur for volunteering his own time to support with our Y6 team. We are very grateful to you.
U11s Girls’ Football News! Premiuer League Tournament – Runners up!
Our U11s Girls’ football team participated in the Premier League Girls’ Tournament on Tuesday at St John Fisher’s. They played excellently showing incredible teamwork, skillset and represented St Joseph’s brilliantly. They played right until the end, conceding only one goal throughout the whole tournament and after a tough, nail biting final, just missed the win in the end. The girls can be extremely proud of themselves because we are! It was a fantastic opportunity, and they had a wonderful time. There’s still so much more to come from our wonderfully talented girls’ football team! Watch this space!
Football Success: Girls’ Team & Y6 Boys’ Team
On Tuesday 22nd November, our girls’ football team and Y6 boys’ football team both played against St Mary’s Boston Spa. The boys won their game 3-0 and the girls played an excellent game with a final result of 9-0!! This was the second time the girls played as a team, and for some girls, their first ever competitive football match! We are extremely proud of our children and their commitment to their school football team. Thank you to Mr Arthur who arranged both of the games and to Mr Lawrence for refereeing the girls’ game.
Sports Competition: WVLP Football Tournament
We sent over 20 children from Years 5 and 6 to a football tournament at Boston Spa Academy against other schools in the local area. The children played really well in teams that hadn’t been established before this event. This year, our aim is for all children to participate in competitive sporting opportunities so we are pleased that so many children were able to play at this event. St Joseph’s won the division played in and whilst we did not win the overall tournament, the children’s sportsmanship, courtesy and manners were spotted by the organiser of the event and other schools that were there!
The organiser of this event emailed all schools the following:
I would like to thank the schools who patiently waited for the minibuses to return from their first run to take you back to your schools. Your students are an absolute credit to you for how they conducted themselves waiting for the minibuses. I really was blown away with how polite and courteous your students were with some incredible conversations!
Football Success: Y5/6 Girls’ Team
Our girls in Year 5 and Year 6 had their very first football match of the league this year against Primrose Lane Primary school and they won 6-0! This was a huge success, and a great boost for the girls, as this was their first time playing together as a team. We are extremely proud of the girls and cannot wait to watch them play in the league matches throughout the year. We are working hard behind the scenes to arrange lots of opportunities for our girls, as well as the football league we have entered. Watch this space!
Football Success: Year 6 Boys’ Team
Our Year 6 boys’ football team have now played 2 matches. Their second match of the league was against Primrose Lane Primary School and they won 8-0! This is a huge success for our Y6 team and one that we hope to see continue throughout the league. The boys played excellently as a team (which was established in Y5 last year) and we are extremely excited to watch the boys’ football journey once again this year.
Y3/4 Girls’ Football
Our Y3 & Y4 girls have football training every Wednesday. We are busy behind the scenes arranging friendly matches for our girls to play in to help develop their skills, as well as having a mixed Y3 football team that some of our girls are involved in. Mrs Powell, our PE teacher and a qualified FA coach, leads the girls’ football training to support the girls in their football skills so that they are match ready! Take a look at some of the girls in action in training.
Football Success: Y5 Champions of Champions!
Our Year 5 football team, made up of Y4 and Y5 pupils, were crowned the ‘Champions of Champions’ after winning their final match of the year against East Garforth. This team have played so well together this year – they are the perfect example of hard work, commitment, passion, commitment, dedication and excellent teamwork and sportsmanship! What excellent role models we have in our school for our younger children who may be interested in, or already play football. We can’t wait to watch this team continue to play together as they move into Y6 next year! Well done boys – you are CHAMPIONS!
Football Success: Y6 Leeds North East Schools League – WINNERS
Our fantastic Year 6 boys’ football team have done it again! They have been crowned the winners of the Leeds North East Schools League! What an incredible achievement. We are all incredibly proud of these boys and the team has gone from strength to strength this year. A huge thank you to Mr Delafield for giving up his own time to arrange and attend all of these matches and for his commitment to supporting our school with boys’ football!
“These boys have been a real credit to the school, representing St Joseph’s with all the values that they have been taught. As footballers, they have been terrific, with a togetherness and great team spirit, that has produced unbelievable results, and their achievements speak for themselves. As individuals, they all continue to grow into special human beings who we all should be extremely proud of.” Mr Delafield
On Monday 27th June, 24 KS2 children and all of our Year 1 and 2 children took part in a Catholic schools cross country running event. Our KS2 children raced a competitive cross country in year groups, girls V girls, boys V boys, against 21 other Catholic schools in the diocese. Our KS2 children had to run 1.5km in their cross country race. The race had some tricky hills to overcome, but all of our children gave the race their all, and never gave up when it got hard. Our KS1 children (and staff) then took part in a fun run. There were hundreds of children taking part in the one mile race, and all our children were amazing. They wowed us with their perseverance and stamina, even the teachers found it hard to keep up! St Joseph’s came 12th after all the races, a great achievement. All our children represented St Joseph’s incredibly well, they were fantastic role models with outstanding behavior. We are so proud of you our Let’s fun runners 2022! We are looking forward to Lets run 2023 already!
Football Success: Y6 Leeds Primary School’s Cup – RUNNERS UP!
On Thursday 12th May, our Y6 boys’ football team (made up of Year 6, Year 5 and Year 4 boys) played in the FINAL of the Leeds Primary School’s Cup against St Anthony’s Beeston at Yorkshire Amateur FC. What an incredible achievement to get to the final of the Y6 Leeds Primary School’s Cup. Unfortunately, after a tough game, the team lost 1-0 to St Anthony’s. We are so proud of them all and their achievements they’ve made in football. What an incredible year of football they have had with so many highs, successes and achievements! The dedication, passion, skill, teamwork and commitment to the sport was shown in every single game the boys played and they are a credit to themselves, their families and our school! Congratulations boys on your achievements in this league! Thank you to all our volunteers including Mr Delafield who coaches the Y6 team and to Mr Arthur who coaches our Y5 team. Thank you also to the parents and families that came to support the team!
Football Success: Y5 Moran Cup – WINNERS!
On Friday 6th May, our Year 5 boys’ football team (made up of Year 4 and Year 5 pupils) played the Moran Cup FINAL at Whitkirk FC and we are so proud and pleased to announce that St Joseph’s are the WINNERS of the Moran Cup after winning 2-1 against East Garforth Primary School. Another perfect example fantastic skill, passion, commitment, drive and best of all, excellent teamwork! The boys performed brilliantly! Congratulations to East Garforth Primary School who are now the runners up of the Moran Cup. Their boys also played brilliantly! A huge thank you to Mr Arthur for giving up his own time and coaching this successful team and a massive congratulations to the all the boys who played in the Y5 boys’ football team throughout this league. Thank you also to all the parents and families that came to support the team! We are very proud!
Football Success – Moran Cup Finalists!
On Thursday 28th April, our Year 5 boys’ football team (made up of Year 4 and Year 5 pupils) played at the Moran Cup semi-final against St Mary’s, Rothwell. Another example of fantastic skill, passion, commitment, drive and best of all, excellent teamwork! The boys performed brilliantly and St Joseph’s won 4-0! We are incredibly proud of this fantastic team and what they have achieved so far in this cup. The team will play in the FINAL next Friday (6th May 2022) – more information will follow in our Head Teacher’s Newsletter once we have confirmation where the final will be played. What an incredible success for our Year 5 boys and a huge well done to the 2 Year 4 boys that played in the team too! Thank you to our brilliant volunteers for making these successes and achievements possible!
Football Success – Leeds School Cup Finalists!
Our footballers have been preparing for the semi-final of the Leeds School Cup which in itself is an incredible achievement! The Y6 semi-final match was played against Ss Peter and Paul, Yeadon at St Joseph’s on Wednesday 27th April and many of our families and staff joined the boys on the pitch to wish them luck and spur them on! They played brilliantly, showing their excellent skilset and sportsmanship throughout the whole game and we are pleased to announce that St Joseph’s won 2-1! The boys will now play in the FINAL on Friday 13th May which is an away game – more information will follow about this in our Head Teacher’s newsletters. We are incredibly proud of our brilliant boys! What a huge success! Team work, drive, commitment, passion and skill was seen on the pitch from both teams and it came down to that final goal! An incredible achievement! Thank you, as always, to our wonderful volunteers and coaches for making this possible!