Steere Strikes Twice

Charlwood Village Reserves 3 - Oxted & District 2

A brace of goals from striker Liam Steere saw Charlwood Village Reserves grab all the points and secure a place in the top three of Division 3 in the Redhill League. A lively Oxted side went ahead after only six minites but four minutes later Steere netted after Ross Hollingshead made a great run down the middle to deliver a pin point pass to his feet.  Steere followed up in the 13th minute of the game with a powerful drive, aided by a slight deflection, to put the villagers in front.

Oxted re-organised quickly and put pressure on the home team with several good attempts on goal two of which drew great saves from the Charlwood keeper Joe Vickers. Man of the match, veteran, Billy Scott-Malden, playing his first full game, proved to be a rock in the central defence as the villagers held on to their slender lead until the interval.

Oxted continued their power play after the break and drew level in the 49th minute.  Two more acrobatic saves by Vickers kept the home side in the game and after twelve minutes of the second period Ross Davies hammered home a great shot from 25 yards to put Charlwood back in the lead. Oxted came back strongly but stout defending by Scott-Malden  and John Mason denied them further chances and Charlwood held on to a well deserved win.

Meanwhile, on Clapham Common, the Charlwood Village First Team won their way through to the quarter finals of the Surrey Intermediate Cup with a win over Albion FC.  Two goals from Karl Baller and one from Nicu Mladin gave them 2-3 win.

Colin Gates

Hogan Tames Lions

Charlwood Village  2    Royal Lions   0

Playing in only his second first team game of the season Aidan Hogan hammered home two superb goals to send league champions, Royal Lions, packing in this Redhill League division one match.  Man of the match Hogan opened his account when he broke free from his marker and beat the keeper after only two minutes of the game. The Lions fought back and were unlucky when they hit the woodwork but that was the closest they were to come with Jordan Markey in the Villagers goal dealing confidently with all their remaining efforts.

Hogan grabbed his second in the 25th minute when he chased a ball down the middle and again gave the keeper no chance. The champions once more increased the pressure but the Charlwood back four held the line with Wes Oakes and Logan Johnson commanding the middle and Ross McDonald winning the aerial battles.  

Once more Chris Iddles seemed to appear all over the field winning the ball from the Lion attacks and setting up attacks for his team mates. The Royal Lions have now lost twice in the league this season both at the hands of Charlwood Village. 

Charlwood Village; Jordan Markey, Karl Baller, Ross McDonald, Logan Johnson, Wes Oakes, Chris Iddles, Steve Walker, Lamek Ogwai, Stuart Goodwin, Marek Koutsavakis, Aidan Hogan, Jamie Liddell, Nicu Mladin, William Harris, Attilla Minor.   

Vickers Volleys Village to Victory

Charlwood Village  3  AFC Hamsey Rangers  0

Beset by selection problems manager Tim Hatt was forced to include nine reserve team players in his Charlwood Village squad of fourteen to face AFC Hamsey Rangers on Sunday but the team quickly settled down and outsmarted their first division opponents from the whistle.

With only two minutes on the clock Joe Vickers put the Village into the lead by executing a perfect half volley from outside the box which gave the visiting keeper no chance.  Hamsey fought back with attractive football but Dave Worley marshalled his fellow defenders well and frustrated every attack  whilst Chris Iddles in midfield seemed to cover the whole park setting up moves for his forwards.

Jamie Liddell came on from the subs bench after 37 minutes and was immediately involved when he collected the ball in the middle, beat two defenders and coolly slotted the ball passed the keeper to make it two-nil. The visitors responded with several good attempts but these were easily dealt with by keeper Jordan Markey whose confidence seemed to spread to the rest of his team.

Ten minutes after the break Liddell dribbled down the left flank and spotted Nicu Mladin making a run over on the right. A pin-point pass enabled Mladin to hammer the ball into the back of the net to give the Villagers a 3-0 victory.

Charlwood Village; Jordan Markey, Karl Baller, Ross Hollingshead, Dave Worley, Tom Hogan, Wes Oakes, Chris Iddles, Steve Walker, Joey Carey, Nicu Mladin, Joe Vickers, Jamie Liddell, Matt Hill, Craig Wood. 

George says Farewell with Four

Charlwood Village Res 5    Reigate Town 1

George Croft, who is moving out of the village, said goodbye to Charlwood football with four fabulous goals when the Village reserve team beat Reigate Town in the Redhill League division three. But it was Steve Burton who notched up the first goal when he was quick off the mark to intercept a Reigate defender’s back pass and slot the ball passed the keeper. Croft started his goal rampage in the 40th minute with a fierce shot that gave the keeper no chance.

With the score at 2-0 the visitors rallied and Joe Vickers in the Charlwood goal made two great saves and, in another attack, central defender, Dave Worley, cleared off the goal line. Town kept up the pressure and netted in the fourth minute of injury time. Croft replied two minutes later to send the teams in at the break with the score at 3-1.

After the break Reigate applied more pressure but the Charlwood defence, marshalled by Worley and with an inspired Vickers between the posts, kept them at bay. Eighteen minutes into the half Croft received a great cross from Ross Hollingshead from the right and volleyed into the net from the edge of the area.  Croft completed his double brace with ten minutes remaining to put his team into third place in their division and maintain their unbeaten record this season. 

Meanwhile the first team kept up their unbeaten run with a stunning victory over, last season’s division one and senior cup winners, Royal Lions. Goals from Steve Walker, Chris Iddles, Marek Koutsavakis and Chris Capper contributed to a 4-1 win and sent them to the top of the league table for the first time in the club’s history.

Charlwood Village Reserves; Joe Vickers, Matt Hill, Dave Worley, John Mason, Matt Lenton, Ross Davies, Lee Davies, Ash West, Ross Hollingshead, Steve Burton, George Croft, Craig Rowe, Billy Scott-Malden, Craig Wood, Tom Hogan, Dan Pewtner. 

Charlwood Village First Team; Jordan Markey, Karl Baller, Logan Johnson, Dave Mc Laughlin, Wes Oakes, Chris Iddles, Steve Walker, Chris Capper, Cathal Hogan, Marek Koutsavakis, Aidan Hogan, Jack Songhurst, Reece Flint, Michael Stabile, Alex Lupu. 

Villagers Ground The Eagles.... 

Charlwood Village Reserve 2  Caterham Eagles 0

Charlwood Village Reserves finished off their season with their fourth win on the trot with a great victory over Caterham Eagles. The visitors, with two previous wins over the village this season, started confidently but it was the home side that took control of the contest. Playing their accurate passing game Charlwood pinned the Eagles back in their own half for most of the first period but were unable to convert their superiority into goals.

The Eagles came out for the second half determined to address the balance and possession was more equal for the next forty minutes with both sides creating chances but not hitting the back of the net. The deadlock was broken in the 86th minute when Matt Hill dribbled up the right flank and delivered the perfect pass to Liam Steere who hit the waist high ball on the volley, with his right foot from the edge of the area, into the top corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

Four minutes later Steve Burton attacked from the right wing but was forced wide to the bye line. Burton managed to beat his man and deliver a stinging shot from an acute angle. The shot was intercepted at the near post but was deflected off the defenders leg into the net putting the result beyond doubt and giving The Village the victory they deserved.

Colin Gates

Peters Peppers in the Goals

Charlwood Village Reserves 6   Reigate Town 3

Five goals from Brad Peters put paid to the title hopes of Reigate Town when Charlwood Village trounced the visitors in a well contested, end of season game in the Sunday League division 4.  But it was the Reigate team that went ahead after just three minutes following a midfield slip by a Charlwood defender.

The Villagers quickly regained control of the game and Peters began his goal spree in the 17th minute when he lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper to put his side level. One minute later Jamie Liddell put Peters through the middle with a beautifully weighted pass. Peters pivoted around a defender and hammered the ball home from the edge of the area. Liddell added to Charlwood’s tally with a headed goal just before the break.

   Two minutes into the second period saw Peters gain his hat-trick with a stinging left foot shot from twenty yards but the visitors replied three minutes later from the spot to make it 4-2.  In the 60th minute Peters was awarded a penalty and confidently brought his tally up to four only to see the visitors reply with goal a few minutes later to bring the score up to 5-3. Peters put the game beyond doubt when he converted yet another spot kick to complete his five goal contribution and give his team a 6-3 victory. 

Charlwood Village Reserves; Joe Vickers, Matt Hill, John Mason, Cathal Hogan, Dan Pewtner, Steve Burton, Steve Walker, Ross Hollingshead, Jamie Liddell, Aidan Hogan, Brad Peters, Joey Carey, Billy Scott-Malden, Craig Wood. 

Redhill & District Sunday League Senior Cup

Liddell Brace Puts Out the Mid Day Sun

Charlwood Village  4     Mid Day Sun  2

The past achievements of, division one team, Mid Day Sun include reaching the Senior Cup final nine times in the last twelve seasons but Charlwood Village prevented their progress this season with a 4-2 victory at the Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Having lost only one game this season the visitors started confidently against division two Charlwood Village but it was the home team that scored first when Logan Johnson nodded in at the far post from a Jamie Liddell corner. The remainder of the first half proved fairly even with both teams creating chances but not converting.

After five minutes of the second period Liddell dribbled down the left flank, past two defenders, and hammered the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0.  Five minutes later Liddell grabbed his second after a good interchange between Chris Capper and Brad Peters  to make it 3-0.  The visitors fought back and were rewarded with a goal in the 65th minute.

With time running out the Mid Day Sun keeper advanced up the field at every opportunity as his team pressed the Villagers back. It was on one of these excursions that Chris Capper looked up and saw the keeper missing, taking the opportunity Capper hit the ball and scored from 45 yards to make it 4-1. With five minutes remaining Mid Day Sun missed a penalty but netted their second two minutes later to make the final score 4-2 to the Villagers,

Charlwood Village;  L Steere, K Baller, R McDonald, L Johnson, D McLaughlin, C Iddles, Z Clarke, C Capper, J Liddell, R Davies, B Peters, N Mladin, J Lopez.


Redhill & District Sunday League Junior Cup

Caterham Eagles 3  Charlwood Village Reserves 2

After a hard fought game Charlwood Village Reserves went down to Caterham Eagles, in the League’s Junior Cup, 3-2 after extra time with goals coming from Dan Pewtner and Josh Lambert.

Colin Gates 19/2/2017

Surrey County Junior Cup Quarter Final

Village March On

Charlwood Village 4    Croydon 0

Charlwood Village reached their fourth County Cup Semi-Final in four years when they beat Croydon 4-0 in a hard fought game. From the start, Cup holders, Charlwood were taken aback by the ferocity and pace of the visitors. Croydon appeared determined to prevent the Villagers from playing their normal smooth passing game by their hard running and quick tackles and it was against the run of play when Brad Peters netted for Charlwood after 15 minutes. 

Croydon continued their high tension style of play and Charlwood were fortunate to hang on to their one goal lead until the break. As play resumed the Villagers defence, under the unflappable Ross McDonald, was put to the test when Croydon mounted repeated attacks and cool defending by Karl Baller, Logan Johnson and Dave McLaughlin kept the home team in front.   

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute when Brad Peters was brought down in the box and Karl Baller converted from the spot to give his side the cushion of a two goal lead. The goal seemed to change the complexion of the game and the Villagers began to gain more possession and put some good moves together.  One such move ended with Jamie Liddell hammering the ball home in the 75th minute. The home team bossed the last 15 minutes and Karl Baller grabbed his second from the penalty spot to make the final score 4-0.

Charlwood Village; Stuart Goodwin, Karl Baller, Ross McDonald, Logan Johnson, Dave McLaughlin, Chris Iddles, Zac Clarke, Chris Capper, Jamie Liddell, Ross Davies, Brad Peters, Alex Lupu, Michael Stabile, Nicu Mladin, Liam Steere.

Redhill League Division 4

Double Hat-trick

Puma Legends 3   Charlwood Village Reserves 8 

Despite scoring a hat-trick apiece neither Steve Burton nor Josh Lambert were voted in as ‘man of the match’ after Charlwood Village Reserves upset the form book with their emphatic 3-8 victory over Caterham Puma Legends. The well deserved honour was shared between defender Billy Scott-Malden and striker Aiden Hogan. Other goals came from Matt Lenton and Hogan.

 

Charlwood Village Reserves; Rob Venus, Matt Hill, Bill Scott-Malden, Dave Worley, Matt Lenton, Steve Burton, Joey Carey, Ross Hollingshead, Dan Pewtner, Aiden Hogan, Josh Lambert, Ash West, Alex Sansbury, Lee Davies, Craig Wood.

Charlwood pulverise Purley

Charlwood Village 6      Purley Saint Germain 0

Unbeaten Charlwood Village secured the division two title and ensured promotion with a emphatic 6-0 victory over Purley Saint Germain. The Village dominated the game from the start with the first goal coming in the 10th minute from Logan Johnson who netted from a corner. One minute later Brad Peters lobbed the keeper to add his side’s second. Further goals from Ross Davies and Alex Lupu were added before Nicu Mladin netted the goal of the game when he dribbled into the box passed three defenders and coolly beat the keeper on the stroke of half time to make it 5-0 at the break. Mladin scored his second after 55 minutes to make the score 6-0.

Charlwood Village now prepare for the quarter final game of the County Cup against Croydon  next Sunday the 12th February.

Charlwood Village;  Liam Steere, Michael Stabile, Ross McDonald, Logan Johnson, Dave McLaughlin, Zac Clarke, Chris Capper, Ross Davies, Nicu Mladin, Alex Lupu, Brad Peters, Craig Rowe, Karl Baller, Lee Davies.

Village Stay on Target

Charlwood Village 3   Smallfield 2

Charlwood Village remained unbeaten thanks to a Brad Peters hat trick in a hard fought game against old rivals Smallfield. Village went ahead after 15 minutes when Peters was put through by Jamie Liddell and slotted the ball past the keeper but the visitors fought back and the teams went in level at half time.

After the break both teams came out and created chances but it wasn’t until the 67th minute that the deadlock was broken when Liddell dribbled through the opposition’s defence down the left flank and chipped the ball back for Peters to side foot into the net. Again Smallfield fought back and converted from the spot six minutes later to draw level once again.

Peters completed his hat trick with five minutes remaining when he headed home after a goalmouth scramble during which the visitors desperately blocked five consecutive shots by the Charlwood forwards. The victory keeps the villagers at the top of division two and prepares them for the next round of the County Cup away at Lingfield next week.  

Meanwhile the village reserve team gained a very credible away draw at Oxted with a goal in the first minute by Steve Burton, Charlwood clung on to their lead until the 87th minute when Oxted scored to share the points.

Colin Gates

Redhill League Junior Cup

RESERVES REVERSE ROUT

Charlwood Village Res 6   Reigate Town 2

Charlwood Village Reserve team reversed an early season hammering of five goals to nil by Reigate Town when they beat the Reigate team, in the League Junior Cup second round, by six goals to two.

The visitors, hot contenders for the league title, started briskly but it was the Charlwood team who notched up the first entry on the score sheet when Jamie Liddell directed a free kick around the wall from the edge of the area to put his team in front after five minutes. 

Ten minutes later saw the start of a three minute period which broke the spirit of Reigate Town and put the Villagers on the road to victory.  Aiden Hogan, on the left flank, received a ball from Liddell and dribbled along the bye-line into the box scoring from an acute angle.  Two minutes later Steve Burton controlled a cross ball from Liddell and side-stepped two defenders to beat the keeper and make it 3-0.  Liddell scored his second a minute later to put his side four up.

The Villagers kept up the pressure and in the 29th minute Steve Burton scored his second, with what must be a contender for the goal of the season. Receiving a pin-point pass from, stalwart defender, Matt Hill Burton set off on a run down the right beating two defenders before cutting across the edge of the penalty area and evading two more determined tackles and then, with a precision shot with his left foot, putting the ball into the top right hand corner of the net leaving the keeper helpless.

Reigate Town scored either side of the break but the home defence, under the unflappable control of Cathal Hogan, prevented any real comeback and the Villagers made sure of a great victory when a cross from the right by Aiden Hogan was pushed on by Liddell to Jamie Hollingshead who hammered the ball into the back of the net.

After the game Charlwood manager Joey Carey said, “That’s one game each. We look forward to the decider when we play them at home in the league.”

Charlwood Village Reserves;- Richard Kail, Matt Hill, Cathal Hogan, Dave Worley, Matt Lenton, Steve Burton, Ross Hollingshead, Steve Walker, Dan Pewtner, Aiden Hogan, Jamie Liddell, Jamie Hollingshead, Ashley West, Lupu Alexandrou, Joey Carey, John Mason.

Village Reserves March On

Surrey County Lower Junior Cup

Charlwood Village Reserves 4    Byfleet Town 2

The Charlwood Village Reserve team followed their front team into the next round of their County Cup when they defeated Byfleet Town by 4 goals to 2 on Sunday. The Villagers from the lower reaches of division 4 appear to save their best performances for the cup competition and this game was no exception.

For the first half hour the Villagers dominated territorially but despite their many shots on target were unable to find the back of the net. Byfleet scored, against the run of play, in the 30th minute from a cleverly taken free kick which spun out of ‘keeper Richard Kail’s hands into the net. Two minutes later Dave Worley put the teams back on terms with a great shot after good work down the right flank but the level pegging was lost just a minute later when Byfleet converted from the spot after an infringement in the box.

Early in the second period the game stagnated with both defences playing well and limiting the shots on goal but the deadlock was broken when Josh Lambert netted with a diving header from a Steve Burton cross. The home team continued their pressure with renewed enthusiasm which was increased after the introduction of Lupu Alexandru and Nicu Mladin from the bench. It was Alexandru who put the Villagers ahead, for the first time, with twenty minutes remaining.  Aiden Hogan put the result beyond doubt and made the score 4-2 to put his team into the fourth round.

Charlwood Village;  Richard Kail, Matt Hill. Joey Carey, Dave Worley, Matt Lenton, Dan Pewtner, Steve Walker, Ross Hollingshead, Steve Burton, Aiden Hogan, Josh Lambert, Lupu A;exandru, Ash West, Nicu Mladin, John Carey, Rob Venus.

Surrey County (Sunday) Junior Cup

Village Puncture Ironsides

Charlwood Village 6    Ironsides  0

Charlwood Village marched into the fourth round of the Surrey County Cup when they thrashed Ironsides FC by six goals to nil on Sunday.  The, so far, unbeaten Charlwood team had to wait a whole ten minutes to establish their lead when Wes Oakes converted a superb strike from the edge of the area which gave the visitors keeper no chance.  From that point on the home side took control of the game with their faultless passing and movement all around the pitch.

A deflected Chris Capper shot put the Villagers two up in the 25th minute and, ‘man of the match’,  Oaks grabbed his second from an acute angle which went in off the far post to make it 3-0 at the break. 

The Irons came out for the second period playing attacking football and looking determined to close the gap but the Villager’s defenders, led by Captain Ross McDonald, were equally determined to keep a clean sheet.

Zac Clarke made sure of victory when he headed home in the 47th minute and with midfield dynamo, Chris Capper, always in the right place at the right time, all over the field, the Villagers kept the pressure up adding two more through a Logan Johnson penalty and a Brad Peters, well directed, shot  after a long solo run through the visitors defence.

Charlwood Village;  Liam Steere, Karl Baller, Dave McLaughlin, Ross McDonald, Chris Iddles, Chris Capper, Zac Clarke, Wes Oakes, Ross Davies, Brad Peters, Michael Stabile, Stuart Goodwin, Juan Lopez.   

Redhill League Division 2 

Charlwood Trounce Gatwick... 

Charlwood Village 7    Gatwick Albion  2

Charlwood Village consolidated their position at the top of their league with a very convincing victory over neighbours Gatwick Albion in the local derby.  The game started with a shock for the home team as their defence appeared to be sleeping allowing Gatwick to score after four minutes.  The visitors then went into a defensive mode, filling their penalty area with bodies, as they tried to hang onto their slender lead. The ploy was not successful and Zac Clarke put the teams level three minutes later with a stinging shot from the right.

Gatwick’s defensive tactics were again breached in the 14th minute when Brad Peters headed home from a cross by Chris Capper.  Gatwick continued to defend, restricting themselves to the occasional break, as the home side dominated the park and in the 30th minute Wes Oakes made it 3-1 when he hammered home a cross from Jamie Liddell.  Just before the break Capper added another when he ran at the defence, beating three men, and slotting the ball past the keeper to make it 4-1.

Gatwick had no option but to convert to an attacking mode after the break as they attempted to close the gap but Jamie Liddell put them further behind with a well placed long shot into the top left corner of the net. Brad Peters grabbed his second in the 73rd minute and Liam Steere, who started the game between the sticks, made it 7-1 when he converted a pass from Liddell who had dribbled down the left flank.

The visitors gained their second from the penalty spot, after an infringement , two minutes before the final whistle.

Charlwood Village; Liam Steere, Karl Baller, Ross McDonald, Logan Johnson, Dave McLaughlin, Chris Iddles, Zac Clarke, Chris Capper, Jamie Liddell, Wes Oakes, Brad Peters, Tom Smith, Michael Stabile, Craig Wood.

Colin Gates (Sec CVFC)

Improvements to the Football pitch

Back in 2012, the Parish Council was awarded a grant of £50,000 by Sports England to improve the condition football pitch so that it was playable in adverse conditions. As we all well aware, during prolonged periods of wet weather, the pitch becomes water logged and unplayable so that our sports teams have to find an alternative pitches to play their matches.

The existing condition of the pitch and its associated drainage has been assessed by Andy McLeod of TGMS, who were appointed by Sports England and are a leading sports turf consultancy practice specialising in the design and management of natural turf sports pitches. In January, Andy gave a presentation to the council and the sports clubs of the  work required to improve the pitch. The specification included reseeding the whole pitch with rye grass and actions to improve the drainage.

Although this work would only take around 3 weeks, it should be carried out during September 2015 as the growing conditions during the autumn months are the optimal for establishing the new grass. As the pitch would not be playable for 12 months, the two football teams agreed to find alternative venues for their matches during the 2015/16 season.

It is hoped that this work will lead to fewer matches in Charlwood having to be cancelled due to wet and inclement weather

M Needham – Chairman

P Barclay – Clerk to the council

HISTORY

Charlwood Village Residents Football Club was formed in 1996 following a suggestion by the Parish Council during a debate on  possible  action to be taken  by the council under Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 came about at The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992 when over 170 world governments signed a declaration aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for the world into and throughout the 21st century. The directive filtered down through The United Nations, the European Community, the U.K. government, County Councils, District Councils, Parish Councils, Residents Associations and to individual members of the community.

At a local level Charlwood Parish Council and The Charlwood Society were among the first organisations in Mole Valley to take up the challenge and discuss possible  avenues of action.  One of the aims of  Agenda 21 was to make local people proud of their community and to make them feel part of a team, The creation of the village sign  and  the Parish Maps were among the achievements arising from these early discussions.

Another initiative adopted by the  Parish Council was the creation of The Charlwood Village Residents Football Club. It was felt that such an organisation would allow youngsters to represent  their village, at a level they understood  and enjoyed, thus fostering pride in their community.

Over the seventeen years since the club’s formation many young, local, people have been involved in the decision making at the club’s meetings  and been given positions of responsibility. They have also been encouraged to keep themselves physically fit and a strong set of club rules ensured that they behaved themselves both on and off the field of play. After the formation of the club a set of historical football photographs, depicting village teams from 1901 to the present day, was displayed in the pavilion. The modern day players were able to pick out and identify their fathers, grandfathers and even great grandfathers  who had played for the village. This gave the youngsters a sense of history and continuity of village life.

We feel that the club has achieved some of the objectives of Agenda 21 and given local youngsters a chance to represent their community  and following that a a pride in their community . The club would like to thank the Parish Council for promoting the club. Without their  sponsorship and encouragement in the early years it would have been difficult to get started. We would also like to thank members of the Charlwood community who have  donated so generously, and been involved, over the years  and enabled us to continue running the club and  pursuing the ideals of  Agenda 21 but we feel that in order to achieve these objectives it is essential  that  the youngsters perform on the village Recreation Ground where they can be supported by their friends and relations to give them a true sense of community under the ideals of  Agenda 21.

Since our formation we have had mixed success on the field of play. One of our best achievements was winning the ‘Redhill League Sunday Junior Cup’ in the season 2004/5. We have also been awarded a certificate for ‘Sportsmanship’.

AIMS FOR THE FUTURE
Sunday League football is limited as regards progress beyond the local league system but we are always aiming for promotion to a higher division and for success in both the League Cups and County Cups. We have recently applied to start a Junior Section and early indications are that over fifty youngsters and their parents are eager to take part. Most of these potential players are from the village or attend the village school.

We will continue to recruit local youngsters in the spirit of Agenda 21 with the objective of giving them a chance to represent their village which will give them a pride in their community and a sense of responsibility and will continue to enforce the club rules and code of conduct which, we hope, will enable them to become responsible citizens. We have also found that youngsters who have moved away from the village express a wish to play for the club simply because their fathers or grandfathers played for the village. This gives them a strong feeling of history and continuity.

THE PAVILION AND PITCH
The club welcomes the plans to refurbish the Pavilion and pitch because we feel that if we are to achieve our aims under Agenda 21 it is essential that we play our matches on the village pitch in view of the local residents.  A refurbished pavilion would also serve as a village centre and be available for social and fund raising purposes. This too would encourage their ‘pride in the community’. A refurbished pitch would, hopefully, prevent too many weeks of postponed games where players are likely to drift away and play elsewhere.

Colin Gates  (C.V.F.C.)


 

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