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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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Castle Combe Colts Summer Festival of Football 2015 - June 26th, 27th & 28th Print

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Please come and join us in a tournament to celebrate the beautiful game.

Castle Combe Colts FC has great pleasure in inviting your club to enter teams into our annual tournament, to be held at Castle Combe Sportsfield.

You may enter a maximum of two teams in any or all of the following age groups:                      
                        
Friday 26th June: Joint U17s/U18s competition

Saturday 27th June: U7s, U8s, U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s

Sunday 28th June: U9s, U11s, U13s, U15s         

Please note that age group day allocation may be subject to change.

U7s to U14s will play six-a-side (eight per squad). U15s, U16s, U17s/U18s will play five-a-side (seven per squad).

The entry fee is £20 per team. We will charge £2 per car for parking and a programme on the day.

Entry forms can be downloaded below and every effort will be made to accommodate an entry of two teams per club per age group. Should this not be possible the money for the second team listed will be refunded. All entries will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

We would love you to join us in our celebration of the beautiful game and look forward to hearing from you in due course.                        
                      
The closing date for entries will be May 31st 2015. Please note that no places will be confirmed until after this date and that the tournament is only open to teams affiliated to their own county Foootball Association.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 February 2015 22:50
 
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.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:43
 
CCCFC show support for FA Respect campaign's Set Your Stall Out phase Print

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Respect1Castle Combe Colts players, coaches and parents showed plenty of Respect across the  age groups as the FA campaign launched its latest phase on the weekend of October 18&19.
Pictured above are the under-11s Whites and hosts Shrivenham & Watchfield, who went on to contest  a fantastic 1-1 draw in Division 1 of the North Wilts League.
And under-14s captain Eddie is pictured shaking hands with his Pewsey Vale counterpart as his team returned to form with a 3-1 away success.
To read more on the FA Respect campaign’s Set Your Stall Out programme and a series of new ‘Touchline Types’ see: http://www.thefa.com/news/thefa/2014/oct/set-out-your-stall-with-fa-respect

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:27
 
Respect to all as CCCFC's weekend of fantastic football goes down a storm Print

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Football was the clear winner when Castle Combe Colts staged another hugely successful tournament from June 27-29.
The three-day festival saw plenty of cheers – as well as a few tears – as around 1,200 players aged from 4-18 strutted their stuff at the club’s Upper Castle Combe headquarters.
They did so in all weathers, with an electrical storm on Saturday morning bringing thunder, lightning and ice-cube sized hailstones, forcing a delay of around 30 minutes as youngsters and their parents took shelter. The sun eventually showed its face, however, much to the relief of the odd-numbered age groups taking part on Sunday.
Respect was shown both on and off the impeccably-prepared pitches as the ever-popular tournament once again attracted a capacity field of 166 teams.
Colts under-9s ensured that at least one piece of silverware remained on home soil by progressing to the final of their competition without conceding a goal and then winning it on penalties from Melksham Town.
Yate United, FC Calne, FC Chippenham, Wootton Bassett, Bath Arsenal, Westbury Youth, Devizes Town and Pewsey shared the other prizes, with Chippenham Town and Trowbridge Wanderers winning the Fair Play prizes at under-7 and 8 level respectively.
Colts chairman Jon Clark thanked the club’s army of tireless volunteers for making the event possible and added: “Every year our tournament is played in good spirits and enjoyed by all those who attend – and the 2014 event certainly upheld this tradition.
“I think everybody could go home proud of the way they behaved – win, lose or draw – and the weekend was a fantastic success from start to finish.”


CCCFC TOURNAMENT 2014 ROLL OF HONOUR
Under-7s Fair Play Award: Chippenham Town Youth.
Under-8s Fair Play Award: Trowbridge Wanderers.
Under-9s: Winners – Castle Combe Colts, runners-up – Melksham Town.
Under-10s: Winners - Yate United B, runners-up - Yate United A.
Under-11s: Winners – FC Calne Blue, runners-up FC Calne Black.
Under-12s: Winners - FC Chippenham Vipers, runners-up – FC Abbeymeads.
Under-13s: Winners – Wootton Bassett Blue, runners-up – Melksham Town Hurricanes.
Under-14s: Winners – Bath Arsenal, runners-up – Malmesbury Youth.
Under-15s: Winners – Westbury Youth Tigers, runners-up – Bromham Blue.
Under-16s: Winners - Devizes Town, runners-up - Larkhall Athletic.
Under 17/18s: Winners – Pewsey, runners-up - Frome Collegians.

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 06:36
 
Young footballers hail-ed as 2014 Castle Combe Colts tournament kicks-off Print

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An electrical storm which brought hailstones the size of footballs and thunder and lightning to Castle Combe Sportsfield could not stop hundreds of young footballers from strutting their stuff on the opening day of the Colts’ annual tournament.

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tournament4Biblical conditions battered the brave under-7s and 8s as they completed their festival of football and halted proceedings for around 30 minutes.
Mercifully, the weather improved as teams representing a host of clubs from the area contested the even-numbered age groups in the afternoon.
The action resumes with the odd-numbered age groups on Sunday, with the under-9s and 11s kicking off another fun-filled football feast at 9am.

ROLL OF HONOUR

Under-7 Fair Play Award: Chippenham Town Youth.
Under-8 Fair Play Award: Trowbridge Wanderers.
Under-10s final: Yate United B 2 Yate United A 0.
Under-12s final: FC Chippenham Vipers 1 FC Abbeymeads 0.
Under-14s: Winners – Bath Arsenal.
Under-16s final: Devizes Town 1 Larkhall Athletic 0.
Under 17/18s final: Pewsey 1 Frome Collegians 0 (played Friday pm).

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014 21:14
 
Shocking news! Castle Combe Colts install defibrillator at HQ Print

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Castle Combe Colts have ensured that matchdays at the club’s home ground will be a safer experience for young footballers and spectators alike.
Colts, whose 300-strong membership includes children aged from four to 18, raised money for and installed a defibrillator at their Upper Castle Combe headquarters after learning of the cardiac arrest suffered by Bradford Town’s Quinton Barham during an under-14s match last year.
Trowbridge teenager Quinton was playing in the Mid-Wilts Youth & Minor League - in which a number of Colts teams also participate – at the time and made a miracle recovery following heart bypass surgery.
Having raised more than £1,000 by helping to marshal one of Castle Combe Circuit’s monthly car boot sales last year, Colts were the first organisation to commit the subsidised funds and take delivery of the life-saving technology after the South Western Ambulance Service Trust initiated a scheme in March 2014.
They were tipped off about the project - which has since delivered a further 110 machines across the country - by Alison Butler of the Chippenham Area Partnership.
Colts secretary Trevor Newman said: “We felt we needed to make the significant investment following the incident involving a young player in the same youth league that the Colts play in.
“That showed that you can never be complacent when it comes to first aid support. Although we obviously hope that we never have to use the defibrillator at all, it is good to know it is there.”
Last week, 12 coaches and committee members from the club underwent training delivered by the South Western Ambulance Service Trust at Chippenham’s ambulance station, again the first to do so under the scheme.
It was carried out by Julia Doel and David Wilmot, whose support throughout the process has been invaluable to the club.

 
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