Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

School Games and Sports News

Sport at Bedale Primary School

At Bedale Primary School, we believe in the power that sport has to support the development of children’s wider skills, qualities and aspirations. Through sport, they can make a positive contribution to our school ethos of Learning and Caring Together, and boost attainment and achievement.

Our sporting events are split into 3 levels, as shown in the diagram below.

Level 1 involves competition within school, including lunchtime and after-school clubs which are open to all abilities of children. We aim to include everyone in sport, competing against pupils of similar ability, including encouraging children to try new sports.

When teams and individuals show a talent in sport, they are given the chance for success at Level 2 and Level 3 events. Here our pupils get a chance to shine in sport and are encouraged to develop their talent further wherever possible. These Level 2 and 3 events often include sponsorship and support from businesses and other agencies such as the North Yorkshire Youth Games, RFU-supported Tag Rugby, and Drax Power’s Kwik Cricket tournament.

Squads for level 2 and 3 competitions are selected based on a number of factors including attendance and attitude at clubs. To help with Level 2 and 3 events, the school may offer extra training sessions for the squad, who are supported by other pupils who may compete in future years or in other competitions. Parents with coaching skills and local clubs have been involved in supporting the school’s success over the past few years. We also rely on parents’ support to accompany children to events and, of course, to cheer them on and console or celebrate with them when it’s all over!

Sports News

This section of the website is updated termly with a summary of sports news. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, please follow us on our blog and facebook pages via the links on our homepage.

2019-20 Sporting News


Football - November 2019

With intermittent downpours and brief dry spells, it was a question of whether the tournament would take place this afternoon. Thankfully, it was. The girls performed superbly well considering the majority or the team having minimal footballing experience. They dug deep and battled hard for each other through the whole afternoon.

By the half way point, Bedale were top of the table having beat Pickhill and RAF Leeming 7-0 and 4-0 respectively.

After a short break, the real tests began against Crakehall and Richmond Methodist. Both were gruelling games and unfortunately, we fell short both times with 2-0 and 3-2 defeats.

The results meant that Bedale finished 3rd and in this case, will not be progressing through. However, the girls did our school proud and had a wonderful time. They didn’t even feel the cold!

Goal scorers: Lili with 9 goals, Kyra with 3 goals and Bailey-Ann with 1.  

2018-19 Sporting News

Cluster Rounders – June 2019

Yesterday, years 4, 5 and 6 travelled the short distance to Bedale High School to participate in the annual Cluster Rounders Tournament. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, especially with the lovely sunshine and all the children who took part played brilliantly; following rules, showing good sportsmanship and all being really supportive and encouraging. Proudly, we came 3rd place in the upper key stage 2 side and 4th in the lower key stage 2 side. That is a fantastic effort considering there hasn’t been much good weather to practise.


Cricket Tournaments – May / June 2019

We have had three of our cricket teams in action throughout the year: Y5/6 Girls, Y5/6 Mixed and Y3/4 Mixed. Our girls took part in one of the North Yorkshire events at Knaresborough Cricket Club, winning all of their group games. Both our Y3/4 and Y5/6 mixed teams qualified from our cluster by finishing runners up before competing at Richmondshire Cricket Club in the area finals where they played some super cricket but each lost a game, bringing their participation in the 2019 tournaments to an end. 


Quick Sticks Hockey – March 2019

First day back and Bedale were straight into action with a Quick Sticks Hockey tournament.

15 children represented the school across 3 teams. It was evident that the children had been paying close attention in their PE lessons as they produced some excellent pieces of play. In particular, the defending and tackling was really accurate and controlled.

Everyone battled well through the cold winds but didn’t quite make it past the quarter final, however, one of our quarter final games was taken to golden goal and then to a 1 v 1 which was extremely exciting for the spectators.

Crakehall were the eventual winners of the tournament.


Tag Rugby Tournaments– February / March 2019

Our Y5/6 Tag Rugby team qualified for the area finals by winning all of their games at the cluster tournament held at Bedale High School. At the area finals, they finished third but played some super rugby and enjoyed the experience of taking part at this level. Many of the squad were new to competitive rugby so did extremely well against some more experienced sides. Our local club, Wensleydale RUFC, is always looking for new players. Visit for more information.


Girls Football Level 2 – December 2018

Tuesday 11th December afternoon was the new date for the girls Level 2 football tournament. In cold wintery conditions, the team worked really hard together and were up against some tough opponents.

The tournament proved to be difficult with the girls coming away with 2 draws and 2 defeats. Our goal came in a 1-1 draw against the eventual winners. The girls all did themselves proud and can walk away with their heads held high. Maybe next year…


Girls Cluster Football – November 2018

Bedale C of E girls had their eagerly awaited chance to show off their football skills today in the Cluster Level 1 competition. On a cold, rainy and windy day, each and every one of the girls didn’t seem to mind. They just wanted to play. Showing tremendous attitudes, respect and teamwork, the team came out on top, winning all 5 games to nil! What an achievement!

Goals came from everywhere, especially from the prolific Evie and Natasha up front.

We are all really excited for the next round.


House Dodgeball - November 2018

Our Year 3 and 4 House dodgeball competition took place today with Wycar emerging as the Dodgeball winners, taking over the dominance of Hird who won all 6 tournaments last year.

Excellent skills of dodging, diving, dipping and more dodging was demonstrated alongside very accurate throwing resulted in lots of entertaining matches.

Well done Wycar!


Cluster Swimming Gala – November 2018

On Wednesday 14th November we took a team of Year 5/6 swimmers to Bedale Leisure Centre to compete in the cluster Swimming Gala. The schools taking part were placed in groups to ensure every school was able to participate in each race. Well done to all of the children who took part in the swimming gala. They all showed determination, resilience and super team spirit!


House Handball - October 2018

Congratulations to Hird Year 5 and 6 children who topped the table at the end of this term’s House Handball Tournament, overcoming holders Chantry 4-2 in the final group game. Well done to all the players who took part in the competition on a glorious afternoon on Wednesday 24th October. We’re looking forward to our other Y5/6 house competitions later in the year including Tag Rugby, Athletics and Cricket.


Level 2 Cross Country – October 2018

On Friday 19th October a group of year 3, 4, 5 & 6 children took part in this years’ cross country competition at Richmond School. In each race there were many children taking part from a number of schools in the area. A huge well done to all the children who took part in the competition, they all put in 100% effort and showed excellent team spirit! Also, a special mention to Evie, Imogen, Matilda, Phoebe and Kieron who did exceptionally well in their races and qualified for the next level of the competition at Dalby Forest.


Level 2 football Richmond – October 2018

On a very windy Tuesday afternoon, Bedale were anticipating a tough tournament in the Level 2 boys football at Richmond Secondary.

After a rushed start (due to calamities by Mr Holmes) Bedale got off to a usual start of losing. Getting caught out by the wind on several occasions, we saw our first three results finish in all 1-0 defeats against Spennithorne/Middleham, Le Cateau (eventual winners) and Bolton-on-Swale respectively.

These results did not dampen the boys’ spirits as they battled it out for the following two, winning 4-0 and 2-1 against RAF Leeming and Hipswell. (Goals from Jake x3, Harley x2 and Kieran). Our last game of the day ended with another 1-0 loss to a strong Richmond St Mary’s side.

Well done to all again as they showed great desire and super teamwork, consistently picking one another up when heads were dropping.

Next up, the Girls’ Football which has been moved to November.


Level 1 cluster Football – October 2018

Thursday 11th October was the day of the eagerly awaited Level 1 cluster tournament.

Bedale took 2 teams again this year and each of them performed superbly well.

Some excellent teamwork and sportsmanship shown throughout so the boys should be very proud of themselves.

Unfortunately, neither team managed to come away as victors with both having to face each other in a semi final. The team that got through to the final came agonisingly close several times within the game but could only draw 0-0 and the result of penalties went the against us, as luck was just in the hands of RAF Leeming.

Rightly so, Bedale will be able to attend the next level in a few weeks time with one team.

Team 1 results and scorers followed by Team 2…

W 3-0 v Masham (Rowan, Harley S, Jake)

W 4-0 v KBSTW (Harley x2, Jake x2)

W 2-0 v Burneston (Kieran x2)

W 6-1 v Hunton Arrathorne (Jake x2, Rowan x2, Kieran, Harley)

SEMI W 6-0 v Bedale (Harley, Remy, Jake x2, Kieran, Rowan)


L 0-1 v RAF Leeming

W 3-0 v Masham 2 (Kayden, Harley R, Seth)

W 5-0 v Leeming Londonderry/Pickhill (Niko x3! Kayden, Harley)


Sporting Alumni

We recently received some incredibly inspiring news about a previous pupil of Bedale Primary School, Josh Coburn. Josh was a pupil in Mrs Turnbull’s final class before she became headteacher (her classroom was where Mrs Brown now teaches, with Mr Collins as her teaching assistant). Josh was an absolute delight to teach and showed wonderful attitude to both his work and his sporting commitments. We are not surprised to hear how successful he has been. Josh began with Sunderland Academy at aged 11, where he travelled five times per week for training and matches. Following this, he moved to Middlesbrough as an under 16 where he then received a two-year scholarship with them. Josh has now just signed his first 2½year professional contract making him a professional footballer who plays with Middlesbrough under 23s! What an incredible achievement! We were also so pleased to hear that, alongside his football achievements, Josh has continued to study hard and is now just finishing a BTEC Sports course alongside his scholarship.

A huge well done from everyone at Bedale Primary School Josh!

We look forward to seeing some of our current pupils follow in his footsteps.