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Welcome to Castle Combe Colts Football Club

We're a club set up in 1997 to encourage and promote the development of football for children in the Chippenham/Castle Combe/Yatton Keynell area. In October 2008 we became a FA Charter Standard Club. We have more than 260 members and 16 teams ranging in age from Under 7 to Under 17. We host a thriving Mini-Kickers section offering training to anyone (below these age ranges) of school age.

The aim of the club is to develop the skills of children in a positive atmosphere, with an emphasis on fun and sportsmanship. Children are encouraged to enjoy the game, improve their techniques and fitness through training, and benefit from the experience of playing as a team. We have our own fantastic facilities near Castle Combe – world renowned as being one of the most beautiful villages in England - where matches are hosted. Training takes place weekly at other locations in and around Chippenham.

League matches and non-competitive games are arranged through the Mid Wilts Football League.

Potential new members are always welcome. If you'd like to find out more about the club and its teams, please contact us.

Brief History

In 1997, the club was formed and was granted a long lease of its present ground – opposite the famous Castle Combe Racing Circuit – by the tremendously supportive Lysley family.

There then commenced a massive fund raising exercise and lots of volunteer work to design, construct and fit out the dressing rooms and pavilion. Spike Crawley, Tim Packwood and Bill Flynn were absolutely instrumental in these times.

So many people were involved in the development of the club from these humble beginnings to what we are now – a few however deserve a special mention. Nigel Gale always dedicated so much of his time and energy into creating the basis for what the club continues to be today, well aided by the tireless work of people like Mark Wells. Paul Wiltshire may only have served as Chair for two years but these were very important years in bringing stability and structure into the club by introducing guidelines for ALL teams to follow, and working towards each team being a part of one club. During his chairmanship in 2008 (with massive roles played by Jon Clark and Jane Hill) we achieved Charter Standard Status – this is a set of guidelines and ethos which still positively effect every decision we make today.

We are very proud of our facilities - having your own playing fields and changing rooms etc however = hard work. Pete Nicholson has been a constant factor in improving and maintaining these facilities relentlessly over the years.

In recent years the work-rate, experience and expertise provided by our last two secretaries Gioia Grobler and Steve Baynes has been nothing short of incredible – this club would not be as thriving and well respected as it is without this and their continuing input.

It goes without saying that every committee member who has served this club is a hero in their own right. We do not have enough space here to list everyone and do them justice. We do list below those who served as chairman and secretary; we also list a sample of the important awards we have achieved

ChairmanSecretary
Spike Crawley Eddie Wren
Nigel Gale Pat Powney
  Stewart McMillan
Paul Wiltshire Graham Hughes
Jon Clark Gioia Grobler

Trevor Newman

David Lewis

Steve Baynes

Trevor Newman

Major Awards

Runners up - Fair Play awarded by Wiltshire County FA in 2008/2009 & 2009 / 2010 season (best disciplinary record over the 1000 teams who play in Wiltshire)

Mid Wilts League Fair Ply Awards too numerous to list – a sample of managers that have won these awards are Stewart McMillan, Vic Hillier, Mark Grobler, Jim Haywood, Rob Evans, Jon Clark & Paul Sanderson. The fact that we highlight these awards first is indicative of our club ethos – which is described in the About Us section above.

This has not been done at the cost of playing success however. The Colts have won many leagues, cups and tournaments as well – and have a great time doing it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2016 20:48
 

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