Here’s Football Intern Luke Holliday with a round up of the Campus Football Leagues first week back on the pitch and why he got involved in his role!
Tuesday the 13th and Wednesday the 14th of October saw the welcome return of the 7v7 and 11v11 Northumbria Sport’s campus football leagues. It is safe to say that football has been missed by us all at Northumbria Sport over the past few months, so it was great to get the leagues up and running and the first round of fixtures complete.
By 8pm on Tuesday the 14th October, Game of Stones found themselves top of the 7v7 league with a 3-1 victory over Snap City; whilst Paralympiacos sit joint top after a 2-0 win against Champagne Super Rovers. RZVY’s 2-1 triumph over TN Futsal places them 3rd in the league, while Champagne Super Rovers and Snap City’s -2 goal difference roots them to 5th and 6th in the league table. Tea & Busquets and Netsix and Chill are still to play their first games of the season.
The 11 a side league saw TN3 (Team Northumbria 3) return to action with a competitive 3-1 win over Gangsters Allardyce. This triumph however was not enough to place them at the top of the table, as North West FC put 3 past SporTING Lisbon, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Geordie Boot Boys snatched a 1-0 win against Hardly Athletic, leaving them 3rd place in the league, followed by Tekkers FC in 4th following a hard fought 1-0 victory over Jeezy McSqueezers.
This was my first involvement in the Campus Leagues at Northumbria, not playing or refereeing, but as an intern in the role of Football League Development Officer. I saw this role as a great opportunity to get involved with Northumbria Sport and help progress the leagues, encouraging a safe return to football after Covid19. Working with Club Development Officer, Megan Pyper; and partner Football League Development Officer, Thomas Gallagher, our first week went really well. I got a great feel for the role, understanding the different responsibilities I had and how I could add value to help the continuous development and growth of Northumbria Sport Campus Football Leagues. All fixtures ran effectively, covid safe and secure, and it was great fun!