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Autumn Term 2019

Hockey Tournament

on Wednesday 6th November

at Accrington Academy


A Team: Robert (C), George, Ellis, AnnieMae, Amaani and Emma

B Team: Maxwell (C), Dannii, Zac, Tara, Emily and Paloma.


Both teams played brilliantly in our second ever hockey outing. The heats saw the A team win all three games against Oakhill B, St Nicks A and SASJ. This put them as winners of their group and through to the quarter finals. The B team lost their first game against Peel Park, drew against Whalley A and finished with a win against Huncoat B. This left them as runners up in the group and also through to the quarter finals. 


Our B team played first against Whalley A and Daniiyaal scored two fantastic goals. Maxwell was fierce in attack and Emily was a great defender. Unfortunately an own goal left us with a draw at full time and our team thought we had finished on the whistle. Oakhill took advantage of the "sudden death" rule and finished the game with a goal, knocking our team out of the competition. A strong performance and the B team should feel proud of themselves: 5 of the team were new to the sport in September and 2 were Y4 members in a Y5/6 event. They show enormous promise for next year.


The next quarter final game saw our a team playing Whalley B team. They finished in a 2-1 win with goals from Robert and Ellis. The semi final was also won 3 - 2 against Benjamin Hargreaves B team. 


The final started with a bang and resembled the start of the England-All Black Rugby World cup semi final: Emma performed brilliant interceptions and Robert and Ellis stormed down the pitch quickly with 2 goals in quick succession. Annie-Mae defended valiantly to allow Robert to score one final goal and win the tournament. 


CONGRATULATIONS to our GOLD MEDAL WINNERS who have now qualified for the Lancashire School Games in the summer.


Thank you to all our parent supporters and in particular to Mr Bargh who once again stepped up and helped Mrs Heyworth manage 2 teams.


Cross Country

on Thursday 3rd October 2019

at Wilson's Playing Fields



A Team: Robert, Daniyaal, Zac, Maxwell,  Emma, Eva, Aleece, Tilly, Amaani, Emily

B Team: Zain M, Zain K, Raees, Ibby, Rayaan, Tara, Paloma, Fatima, Anah, Alayna


We are thrilled that so many children wanted to participate in this event this year, which meant that we could send 2 teams to compete. After an extremely wet week, Mrs Banks took the children to a very muddy course, where every child made us proud. Twenty three Ribble Valley teams each took 6 girls and 6 boys, making it a busy event. Every single Balderstone child ran with real determination to complete the course. A special mention to Raees for his steely determination to finish - Well Done Raees! (and Thank you to Mr Bargh for the support you showed him) .


CONGRATULATIONS to Robert Bargh who finished in 11th place in the Ribble Valley Boys division and to Emma Bargh who finished in 16th position in the Ribble Valley Girls. Emma ran most of the way in one trainer as the mud had sucked one off her foot earlier on in the course. This did not deter her and she finished with one very muddy sock in an impressive position -despite being one of the youngest competitors. Both of these children have now qualified for the County finals, which will be held in June. #GoTeamBargh! Well done to them both.


Overall, we finished with some pleasing results:The boys 'B' team finished in an impressive 7th position; The Girls 'A' team finished in 12th position, whilst the boys finished in 11th. Overall the A team finished in 9th Place. Well done Everyone!


Thank you to our parent supporters and to Mrs Banks.


Sports-hall Athletics

on Wednesday 13th November

at Oakhill College.


Girls Team: Emma, Emily, Paloma, Aushah, Hannah, Anna 

Boys Team: William, Ayden, Logan, Deen, Haris, Leo


The children took part in a variety of track and field events in a well organised hall. 13 schools entered and there were some very talented and fierce competitors from much larger schools.  Each of our team members participated with determination, passion and self belief in 2 of each type of event. A special mention must go to Aushah for her resilience in the obstacle race - the speed bounce and hurdles were not an easy height and she carried on smiling! 


The girls team in particular did well: finishing 2nd overall in the speed bounce and 3rd overall in the 2+2 relay.

We ended the competition in 8th position. We are proud of how all the children behaved and how they all performed to he best of their abilities. Well done children!

Thanks to Mr Bargh, once again, for taking the role of 'team manager' and being super supportive and to Deen's unclue for the use of the mini bus to transport all the children back to school. 





Y3/4 Football

on Thursday 10th October 2019

at Roefield 3G, Clitheroe


Team: Adam, Logan, Mohammad-Ayaan, Haris, Deen, William, Emily and Emma


The first football matches of the Balderstone season saw our lower KS2 players visit the all new 3G pitches at Roefield leisure centre. 8 enthusiastic young faces proudly donned the red and black kits, despite a deluge that would find Noah rummaging for his toolbox. They began as they meant to go on with a sporting gesture from one player to be sub for game 1. The parent support team was strong, with Mrs Heyworth pulling off a splendid juggling act between Balderstone teacher and proud parent spectator. Whilst Mr Simpson learned to control his overly competitive nature and Mrs Riddell remained calm when faced with some last minute fixture rearrangement, the team displayed the sporting values that Balderstone are so proud of. They played as a team, supported each other, kept their heads up when losing and lost with dignity in their first three games. After this team building approach their efforts were rewarded with a goal in what proved to be their final game, Haris chased down a loose ball and buried it in the bottom corner after some great combined play. Sadly, the victory was denied by a late equaliser. Emily was extraordinary in goal, Emma a solid defender who stood her ground, Logan chased any opportunity, Mohammad Ayaan and William held firm down the spine of the team, Haris and Deen showed what we can look forward to in future with some flashes of silky skills and Adam blocked several promising opposition attacks. Well done to all!


Thank you to all the parents who transported the children and stayed to support and to Mr Simpson and Mrs Riddell for their time. 


Y5/6 Football League Round 1

on Wednesday 16th  October 2019

at Roefield 3G, Clitheroe


Team: Robert, Ellis, George, Zain M, Zain K, Maxwell, Daniyaal, Ubayd


Y5/6 Kids Cup Football

on Wednedsay 30th October

at Roefield 3G, Clitheroe.


Team: Robert, Ellis, Raees, Zain K, Maxwell, Daniyaal, Ubayd


Report by Robert, our sports Ambassador.

“On 30th October, we  went to the Kids Cup at the magnificent 3G pitches at Roefield with team spirit.

At the end, we came out with a draw and sadly lost to some amazing teams but the team spirit was still with us until the final whistle. I would like to thank Mr Holroyd and Mr Bargh for transport and managing the team.”


Y5/6 Westholme Football Cup competition

1st Round

Friday 8th November 4 - 6pm


Team: Robert, George, Ellis, Maxwell, Ubayd, Danni, Rayaan


Report by George, our sport's ambassador.

"The football tournament at Westholme was a very big success. We won 1 match and drew 3. The game that we won was a very hard game. I scored 2 goals and Ubayd scored 1. One of my goals we from the half way line. At first I didn't think it went in, until my team were all cheering. All of our team were brilliant- we were very honest to the other teams. All of the matches were fair. Westholme football tournament was really good because of people who organised it and the referees, they were kind and if a referee needed help we would give him our honest opinion."


The boys performed with such determination and team work, they made us extremely proud. They have now qualified to play in the cup finals on Friday. Well done boys! 


Thank you to Mr Holroyd for taking them and giving them the opportunity.


'B' Team Football competition

at Roefield 3G, Clitheroe

Wednesday 13th November 2 - 4pm


Team: Juvie (C), Ibby, Raees, Zain K, Zain M, Zac, Yusuf


"The B team": the name of the team is an unfair reflection on the seven boys from yr 5/6, who were impatient to represent Balderstone. They are hereby renamed the "E team", you can choose your own ‘e’ words but here are a few: Enthusiastic, energetic, enjoyment, eventful, extremely proud.


After waiting for what probably felt like an eternity for the boys, the day finally arrived. Mrs Amin, Mr Holdroyd and Mr Simpson became the unofficial team bus and set off for the Roefield 3G pitches. Three group matches awaited, before a potential semi final clash. The boys started well, Zac was everywhere, Mr Simpson wondered whether we had an extra player as he was defending like a man possessed and then seconds later leading an attack. Zain K made the role of goalie look effortless and Raees brought his own unique style of defence to block several promising attacks. Sadly, St Mary’s scored a late goal to win 1-0. Game two was a little one sided and Mr Simpson was starting to question the selection process of other schools. Luckily the boys kept their heads up and continued to support each other despite conceding a few goals. The third game looked a more even affair, both teams threw themselves into what was potentially their final game with much gusto. Juvie led from the rear, taking his Captain’s role seriously and directing the play in a considerate manner. Zain M and Ibby held firm in midfield, stopping numerous opposition forays. Zac and Zain brought back fond memories of Shearer and Sheringham circa summer 1996 (it still hurts) with their almost psychic passing. Sadly we just couldn’t quite put the ball in the back of the net. We finished third in our group but then had a friendly to round off the afternoon. The boys understanding ‘friendly’ as a sporting term was interesting: If anything they were even more determined. Yusuf put his body on the line on more than one occasion to bravely prevent a goal, he may be little but he is fierce! Another hard fought draw ended the B team’s first adventure in the red and black of Balderstone. Mr Simpson was incredibly proud to be there to watch them, they were great sportsmen, tough but fair on the pitch, gracious in defeat and rightly pleased with their individual contributions. A wonderful example to anyone, well done boys!


Thank you to Mrs Simpson, Mr Holroyd and Mrs Amin.


Y5/6 Westholme Football Cup competition

2nd Round

Friday 15th November 4 - 6pm


Team: Robert, George, Ellis, Maxwell, Ubayd, Danni, Rayaan


Congratulations to our brilliant football team who played in the cup round at Westholme. Our first match was against Salesbury and included some incredible saves from George. Our defence worked incredibly hard. The second match against Ashbridge was a close call but the opposition scored in the last minute with hard-working performances from Robert and Ellis. Our draw with Westholme in our third match was nail-biting with excellent work from Maxwell and Daniyaal. Finally, with Ellis in goal we played Redeemers – a difficult team – but we held our own and finished with a 0-1 defeat.


Overall brilliant sportsmanship from a super team. Thank you Mr Holroyd and Mrs Cast for coaching and taking the boys


Girls Football

at Roefield 3G

Wednesday 27th November 2019


Team: Annie-Mae(C), Amaani, Imaan, Eva, Emma, Emily, Tara, Anah.


The girls turned up on a very cold and wet afternoon full of excitement and enthusiasm. This was their first ever competition as a team - and they exceeded our expectations in terms of both defence and attack. With the help of "Coach Chris Bargh" the girls managed to beat Oakhill and draw against 4 other schools (Langho St Leonard's , Waddington and West Bradford, Pendle and St Mary's Osbaldeston). They lost against the reigning champions and winner of this year's competition: St Mary's Langho who had some very skilled academy players on their team. Their final game resulted in a  narrow loss against Grindleton 1 - 0.


Each member of the team performed to the best of their ability and behaved impeccably all afternoon. The progress they made as individuals and as a team throughout the event was a joy to watch. From Annie-Mae's determined goal keeping, to Amaani's ball chasing and Emily and Emma's attack. Tara and Anah's  were also feisty in defence. 


A huge thanks to Chris Bargh for his coaching and managing of the team in Clitheroe.