50th Anniversary Sports Day at St. Mary's for Past Students

100+ competitors in Football, Netball and Multi Sport Events



As part of a year-long series of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Menston, a Sports Day was held last weekend for former students and staff.  Over one hundred participants took part in Football, Netball and Multi-Sports competitions with as many others spectating.

The Football competition involved seven teams with some players having left the school thirty years ago.  After a full afternoon, the Football competition was eventually won by Sam Townend, Ryan McMurray, Martin Roberts, Mark Roberts, Patrick Clough, Rauri Docherty and Aiden Webster. 


“It has been a fantastic day, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved. I hope this becomes an annual event.”
— Captain Sam Townend

Photo: Netball competitors group photo

Photo: Netball competitors group photo

The Netball competition was won by the St. Mary’s Staff team consisting of:

  • B Pounder
  • A North
  • A Murphy
  • C Anderson
  • J Greenhalgh
  • N Mallinson
  • D Neale
  • H Burton
  • E Maguire
  • C Parlby

The Multi-Sport competition consisted of eight sporting challenges of skill and fitness. This was open to anyone who attended the day’s events and was won by Alan Storey who attended St. Mary’s in the 1980’s where he was an outstanding athlete and footballer.  Second and third places in the competition went to current students Kieran Roebuck and James Key.

During the afternoon, visitors enjoyed guided tours of the school and students provided live music.  The afternoon concluded with refreshments and the presentation of prizes.  

Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart, who organised the event, was full of praise for all the participants, spectators, organisers and volunteers who made the day such a success.


“The day was a remarkable success. The school has an outstanding sporting history and to have a particular day devoted to sport aimed at former students was an obvious thing to do. Sport is great for bringing people together and this event was a perfect example of that. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all involved in the day, especially Michelle Hefferon, Jackie Ash, Claire Bassendale, James Russell, Ben Townend and Steve Blake who have worked tirelessly on the planning for months.”
— David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher