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IT'S OFFICIAL: CASTLE COMBE COLTS ARE THE BEST IN THE WEST Print

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Castle Combe Colts topped the table of Charter Standard clubs across the entire region by scooping a hugely prestigious Football Association awards double.
When Colts chairman David Lewis and secretary Trevor Newman accepted an invitation to annual Wiltshire FA Community Awards gala dinner, staged at Trowbridge’s Civil Hall on July 20, the height of their expectations was either an honourable mention or a repeat of the Highly Commended spot they earned at the same event in 2016.
Following immensely deserved gongs for grassroots heroes including referees, groundsmen, and volunteers, the awards for individual clubs were saved until last. Then, as Lewis and Newman listened in, a citation began which kept ringing with familiarity…
It included: "Formed in 1997, up to 300 players, 16 teams, highly successful Minikickers division, first club in Wiltshire to raise money specifically for and purchase a community defibrillator.
And ended with: "The award for Best Charter Standard Club in Wiltshire 2016/17 goes to CASTLE COMBE COLTS FC.”
But that piece of news was just the beginning, as the master of ceremonies continued ….
"The Colts were further entered into the South West Regional competition and emerged victorious in that as well. The judges recognised the club for an all-inclusive style, respectful club ethos and an attention to detail, meaning that all Colts emerge from the process better equipped for life than when they started there.”
After collecting the awards, a proud and delighted Newman said: “This is a truly amazing honour when you think of the numbers of clubs and all the fantastic volunteers driving those clubs forward.
“I have to say the level of support we are given by the Wiltshire FA – particularly the likes of Tim Hall, Kate Foote and Jodie Jordan – is outstanding. These people also repeatedly go 'above and beyond' the call of duty - we thank them so much.
“I say it often but never has it had a truer meaning - BE PROUD TO BE A COLT.”

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YOUTH FOOTBALL THE WINNER AS CCCFC STAGE FANTASTIC 2017 FESTIVAL Print

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Castle Combe Colts’ annual Festival of Football demonstrated that the beautiful game is alive and kicking as 200 teams showed off their skills in the sunshine.
A wonderful weekend of action featured the full range of age groups, with Reception and Year 1 children from the Colts’ own MiniKickers section having their chance to shine on the same pitches that saw under-16s boys and girls teams battle it out for the silverware.

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Teams and their armies of supporters came from across Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire and were able to savour an event that ran like clockwork across three days thanks to the tireless efforts of the Colts’ committee, parent volunteers who parked cars, flipped burgers and served tea and coffee, as well as a mightily impressive team of referees assembled by Julian Sattin.
In all, 522 matches took place on immaculately prepared pitches and the increasingly-popular showpiece served up the usual mixture of cheers and tears from the participating teams. Respect – a word at the very heart of the Colts’ ethos – fantastic sportsmanship and fun were the real winners, however, and ensured all who visited the club’s picturesque headquarters enjoyed a day to remember.

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The hosts came so close to grabbing the honours in two age groups, with the under-11 Whites and under-14 Whites edged out in close finals by Bishops Cannings and Bath City Blacks respectively. Trophies were largely shared across the board, with Bath Arsenal under-7s and FC Chippenham Jaguars under-8s collecting the two Fair Play Awards.

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Proud Colts chairman David Lewis paid tribute to all who made the footballing feast possible, saying: “It was great to see so many different grassroots clubs represented across the weekend and we hope their experience was such that they will consider visiting us for many years to come.

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“It takes a fantastic effort by many volunteers to ensure our tournament goes ahead, is run smoothly and this experience is an enjoyable one. I would like to personally thank every volunteer for their contribution to our tournament and extend and additional thank-you to our committee, who spend many hours in preparation and planning for the weekend.”
The club also extended its thanks to key tournament supporters the Lysley Family, Colin Ward, Chippenham Lions Club, Chippenham Pallet Company, MJ Church, Practical Van Hire and By Brook Valley School for in helping to make the event such an enormous success.

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ROLL OF HONOUR 2017
U7 Fair Play: Bath Arsenal
U8 Fair Play: FC Chippenham Jaguars
U9: Swindon Supermarine Giants 0 FC Abbeymeads Tigers 1
U10: AFC Corsham Jaguars 0 AFC Corsham Panthers 1
U11 Sunday: Bishops Cannings Corinthians 1 CCCFC Whites 0
U11 Friday: Bradford Town Mustangs 1 Stratton B 2
U12: Bishops Cannings 3 Malmesbury Warriors 1
U13: FC Chippenham White (2) 1 FC Calne White 0
U14: CCCFC Whites 1 Bath City Blacks 2
U15: Lydiard Millicent A 4 AFC Corsham Jaguars 1
U16: FC Chippenham 0 Croft Junior Red (2) 1
U16 Girls: Melksham Town Yellow 0 Whitchurch Sports A 3

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:42
 
CCCFC PLAYERS PROUD TO SPORT POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY Print

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The 300 young players of Castle Combe Colts FC paid tribute to those who sacrificed themselves to protect and secure our freedom by wearing special fabric poppies on their black and white shirts across two weekends in November.
The club took delivery of the poppies, the symbol of remembrance of soldiers who died in war, ahead of Armistice Day and children from all age groups have been proudly sporting them at pitches all over Wiltshire.
Pictured above are the U15s and U9s Blacks paying their respects before Mid Wilts League matches on November 13. Below are the U14s, U13s, U11s, U9s Whites and U7s ahead of their respective fixtures on November 6:

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FUN IN THE SUN AS YOUTH FOOTBALLERS SAVOUR CCCFC TOURNAMENT 2016 Print

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Castle Combe Colts welcomed nearly 200 teams from across the West Country and beyond as the club’s ever-popular summer tournament once again showcased all that is great about the grassroots game in England.

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The 1,500 youth footballers on show ranged in age from the Colts’ youngest members, the under-6s MiniKickers, right through to the under-18s, who raised the curtain on the three-day festival on Friday evening alongside an inaugural competition for under-15s girls that was supported by six clubs from Wiltshire and Bristol.

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Respect and sportsmanship were two primary themes of the weekend and the home club’s under-8s led by example as their Blacks team picked up one of the two fair play awards on offer on Saturday.
Colts chairman David Lewis said: “We are determined to see our tournament played in a good spirit and thank all of the participating clubs for making sure that tradition was maintained once again this year.

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“Win, lose or draw, the fact we are involved in a sport we all love while upholding the values promoted by the FA’s Respect guidelines should make us all proud. We provide these events for the enjoyment of our children and we must never forget this.
“We hope that many friendships have been formed throughout the weekend and that all of our visitors, old and new, continue to consider us a tournament worth attending in future years.”

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Mike Cook and Jo Hughes oversaw the organisation of the tournament and were assisted across the weekend by the club’s tireless committee members and a host of parent volunteers, who helped man the control tower, park cars and serve hundreds of beefburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments. The 450 matches that packed out the programme were expertly officiated by Julian Sattin’s team of enthusiastic referees.

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Lewis was quick to thank them all for their respective contributions to what he called a “rich experience”, together with the invaluable support provided by Wavin Ltd, By Brook School, Chippenham Lions Club, Practical Van Hire, Superior Printing, Wiltshire Wood Recycling, Colin Ward and the Lysley Family.


ROLL OF HONOUR

Under-7 Fair play: Derry Hill Firestorm
Under-8 Fair play: Castle Combe Colts Blacks
Under-9: FC Chippenham Warriors 0 Bath City White 2
Under-10: FC Calne 1 Bishops Cannings A 3
Under-11: Bath City Youth 0 Trowbridge Town Raiders 0 (Bath win on pens)
Under-12: Trowbridge Town Stripes 0 Harwell and Hendred Youth 3
Under-13: Liden Community Green 3 Liden Community White 1
Under-14: Northside Athletic A 1 Melksham Town Tornadoes 1 (Melksham win on pens)
Under-15 Girls: Westbury Amazons Yellow 0 Melksham Town Yellow 1 (aet)
Under-15: Devizes Town A 0 FC Chippenham Youth 1
Under-16: FC Chippenham Youth 0 Melksham Town 1
Under-18: Melksham Town 2 Larkhall Athletic 1

 

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VIDEO: MEET THE TEAMS AT CASTLE COMBE COLTS 2016 Print

Many thanks to U8 parent Tim Matthews for producing this fantastic video for the CCCFC 2015-16 presentation evening
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CCCFC at the double as 2015 tournament proves a real winner Print

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Goals galore, triumph, despair and, above all, outstanding sportsmanship – Castle Combe Colts’ record-breaking 2015 festival of football had the lot.
The three-day spectacular, overseen by tireless members of the organising committee and a huge army of parent volunteers,  attracted more teams than ever before as 1,200 footballers aged between four and 18 together with their supporters descended upon Colts’ picturesque headquarters in Upper Castle Combe.
After kicking off on Friday night with the U17/18s competition, Saturday’s action was played out in glorious sunshine and was crowned by a triumph for the hosts’ U14 side, who beat Ferndale Rodbourne 3-1 in the final. After a damp start, things quickly heated up on Sunday and the U9s Whites made it a Colts double before the U13s Whites so very nearly emulated them in the last of the weekend’s 470 matches, losing to a golden goal from opponents FC Chippenham Vipers after an absorbing battle.
Bath City Youth also won two of the age groups – the U17/18s and U12s – with Holt, Melksham Town, Greenmeadow Youth, Oxfordshire visitors Harwell & Hendred, AFC Corsham and Westbury Youth sharing the other honours.
Colts chairman Trevor Newman thanked Mike Cook and Jo Hughes for heading up the organisation of the event, grounds manager Ken Neale for ensuring the pitches were presented in immaculate condition, referee supervisor Julian Sattin and his team of officials, and the numerous commercial organisations whose backing helped to make the weekend such a success.
He added: “My thanks also go to the parents and coaches for choosing to join us in our celebration of the beautiful game. Only by making the commitment that they do, do young footballers get the chance to experience something like our festival.
“The fantastic spirit of competitive commitment aligned with mutual respect and friendship defines Colts tournaments and I was delighted to see the club’s culture of ‘learning in a fun and positive environment’ supported by so many who came to visit us on what was a wonderful  weekend.”

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CCCFC TOURNAMENT 2015 ROLL OF HONOUR
Under-7s Fair Play: Westbury Youth Warriors.
Under-8s Fair Play: AFC Corsham Leopards.
Under-9s: Winners – Castle Combe Colts Whites, runners-up – Trowbridge Town Bees.
Under-10s: Winners – Greenmeadow Youth City, runners-up – Bishops Cannings Fireblades.
Under-11s: Winners – Harwell & Hendred Youth, runners-up – Swindon Supermarine T.
Under-12s: Winners – Bath City Youth White, runners-up – FC Calne Blue.
Under-13s: Winners – FC Chippenham Vipers, runners-up – Castle Combe Colts Whites.
Under-14s: Winners – Castle Combe Colts Whites, runners-up – Ferndale Rodbourne.
Under-15s: Winners – Melksham Town Blacks, runners-up – Trowbridge Rangers.
Under-16s: Winners – Holt B, runners-up – FC Calne.
Under-17/18s: Winners – Bath City Youth, runners-up – Croft Junior Blue.

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CCCFC honour 1914 Christmas Truce centenary as Football Remembers Print

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Castle Combe Colts U13 Whites and visitors Liden Community with referee Ramaan Ahmadi

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Castle Combe Colts U12 Whites and Worton before their pre-Christmas cracker, which ended 2-1

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Castle Combe Colts U11 Whites with their visitors from FC Chippenham and referee Zak Sallows

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Castle Combe Colts U7s Blacks with their AFC Corsham Tigers counterparts

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FC Calne and Castle Combe Colts Whites U11s players before their match at Beaversbrook

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Frome Town Robins and Castle Combe Colts U17s players before their 1-1 draw

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Westbury Youth and Castle Combe Whites U9s players at a frosty Redland Lane

Castle Combe Colts players and coaches have been helping the Football Association in its efforts to commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War – the 1914 Christmas Truce.
 ‘Football Remembers Week’ runs from December 5-14 and is joint collaboration between The FA, the Premier League, the Football League and the British Council. The aim is to engage football fans and players at every level about what took place on Christmas Day one hundred years ago on the battlefields in Belgium.
On December 25 1914, soldiers from both sides put down their weapons and crossed into ‘no man’s land’ to share in an impromptu ceasefire. First-hand accounts from the time include references to football being played and photographs taken.
All joint team photos uploaded to social media using #footballremembers will be automatically uploaded to a special website – www.footballremembers.com – which will act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The FA, said: “It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history. We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”

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