5 a side
A well-established competition, which has been an important part of the season's programme of football, is the Indoor 5 a Side. The first competition was played in season 1978-79, with Birtley East crowned as the first winners of the trophy
Played in January/February, the competition offers schools a chance to get back into football following the winter break. For most of the time, the competition was played at Park View Sports Hall but, latterly, has been held at Birtley Leisure Centre
As an added incentive, the winning school represent Chester-le-Street Association in the Durham County semi finals and, hopefully, the county final. Teams from our association have often achieved success in the county finals as seen below
Durham County Winners from Chester-le-Street Association
1981-82 Birtley East
1991-92 Pelton Roseberry
1998-99 Bullion Lane
2011-12 St Margarets
2017-18 Red Rose
2018-19 St Margaret's
Played at Birtley Leisure Centre.
Bulllion Lane's highly successful team in 1998-99 won a range of trophies including the 5 a side. Here they are with their enthusiastic teacher at the time, Mr Edwin Seeley
The table below shows the past winners of the competition, who went on to be Chester le Street representatives at County level.
5 a Side winners in 2000-01
5 a Side winners in 2018-19
and winning the County final below.
5 a Side winners in 2011-12