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CS Youth Reds Under 10's

This is our first season as Cheltenham Civil Service Youth, but our second season together. We previously played under Cheltenham Saracens, another wellrun club with a good reputation. However, we decided to change clubs since Civil Service is the club that I have played adult football with for many years.

The facilities at Civil Service are a great bonus as the clubhouse, artificial training pitch and clubhouse are located on the same site, which is not only a benefit to the players' parents, but to the opposing team. Up until now, Civil Service have never had a youth set up. However, chairman Alan Wakefield was very keen and accommodating when not only our team, but other age groups approached him.

The whole club have been so supportive in the setting up of the youth section have had given up their time on numerous occasions to help out, not only with training but by expressing and interest and encouraging and supporting the boys too.

The current under two 10's sqauds started about two years ago,with all the boys together when they were seven to eight years old. However, at the start of last season we split into two teams, now named the CS Blues and CS Reds to play in the competitive leagues.

Simon Greenwood took on the management of the Blues who had a very strong squad and came runners up in the league and were the league cup winners, which was a excellent achievement for their first season. And myself Paul White managing the Reds and my aim to develop the players skills and confidence.

We had a decent first season and finished mid-table. Since joining the Civil Service at the start of this season we have been training twice a week, on the artificial pitch which has proved invaluable in developing the players' confidence and ability.

Our ambitions at the start of this season was to continue enjoying our football with the boys having smiles on their faces, but to also close the gap between us and the top teams. The aim of the club and the management team are to ensure that the boys enjoy their football, respect each other, opponents and referees.

We encourage the boys to play to win and to give their all. If they can confidently say to themselves that was what they did in the game, you come out winners regardless of the score, as sometimes teams are just better than you on the day.

Our aim is also not just about the boys, but about the families. We feel that it is important that mums and dads are involved as much as possible and enjoy the matches as much as the boys do. On a social side, there are many dads whom I grew up playing football with and against, whose boys are also in the team, namely Justin Godwin and Mark Lewis who have been a huge help in running the team with me.

Our boys are all team players. I cannot remember any incidents where players are blamed by their team-mates when mistakes are made on pitch, which shows so much maturity.

Training tuesday evenings 6 til 7 at civil service on the astro pitch all new players welcome.