Monday 3rd April 2017 marked the 17th anniversary of the late Don Mitchinson.

Every year the Esh Group Eagles Newcastle hold a memorial 3 V 3 event at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington. This year saw 6 schools come together with 8 teams to battle it out for the 16-17 cup. The participating schools were;

·       Ponteland

·       Richard Coates

·       Cramlington Learning Village

·       Meadowdale Middle

·       Bede Academy

The afternoon consisted of 2 pools both with 6 round robin games on each court. All 8 teams played to the best of their ability and put in an amazing performance throughout the afternoon. The two teams that progressed to the finals were Richard Coates 1 and Cramlington Learning Village 2. These teams had played consistent throughout the event, with no losses in the tournament. The finals started off a very close game but as the clock ticked away Richard Coates put up a fantastic fight taking the lead and winning the tournament with an incredible 17 – 2 win.


Don Mitchinson Cup winners 2016-17:



After the tournament Julie Weightman, Don’s daughter, said “I would just like to take the time to thank everyone who participated making it another successful year for the Don Mitchinson cup. All teams showed great encouragement and enthusiasm.”


Pictured: Cup winners Richard Coates and Runners up Cramlington Learning Village with Julie Weightman (Daughter of Don) and Jake Weightman (Great Grandson)