40 years of Youth Football

Posted On February 3, 2017
February 03, 2017

 Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club celebrates 40 years this year and is flourishing with 42 teams (7 – 18yrs), seven pitches, a soccer school for Under sixes, two girls’ teams and a successful annual six a side tournament.

It all started at The Swillett Playing Field in the 70s. We look back over 40 years of brilliant memories of players, coaches, parents, committee members and groundsman. What comes over most of all is the camaraderie and how lucky Chorleywood is to have the facility that so many have worked hard to build and maintain

Chorleywood youth football began in 1974 when Peter Heyden started an u12s football team so that boys in the three Chorleywood Cub packs could carry on playing. His dream was to bring together older and younger players.

The first ground was at the Swillett Playing Field where boys changed and stored kit in an abandoned sewage pipe. The first ‘official’ committee-run club combining seniors and juniors was formed in 1976 with the aim of acquiring a Chorleywood site and in the early 80s the Club moved to a small pitch by the public tennis courts in CW House grounds provided by Three Rivers District Council. In 1984 a 5½ acre field was leased and a clubhouse built and the meadow turfed, made possible by fun run proceeds plus a grant from Chorleywood Parish Council. Over the years the club grew steadily, gaining charity status along the way, and developed into what it is today. In ‘91 the clubhouse size was doubled, again thanks to fundraising and a generous donation, this time by Martin Wrigley. Current fundraising at the Club aims to pay for clubhouse renovations. Peter Heyden and Ray Sewell were the early enthusiastic initiators and so many others dedicated members followed. CCYFC five year plan made in 2016 mentions setting up an u21 squad which would perfectly echo Peter Heyden’s initial vision of a senior and youth club playing out of Chorleywood. The club has come full circle…Here’s to another forty years!

Main Pic shows:

Top R- L: David Leeks, Adam Smethurst, Anthony Vos, ? David Jenkins, David Richardson, Clive Rillstone, Robin Worthington

Front R-L: John Richardson, Paul Downing, Mark Duce, Philip Wood, Chris Leeks, Tim Masters

Anthony Vos ran CW sports for many years before passing away four years ago.

David and Chris Leeks’s dad was Barry Leeks who ran the shoe shop in Chorleywood

David & John Richardson’s dad Brian was Assistant Bank Manager at Barclays Bank.

John Richardson, Anthony Vos and Adam Smethurst were part of the The Gatecrashers team (representing The Gate pub) that won the Herts County Cup in 1994.

Paul Downing, David Jenkins  and Adam Smethurst played for CWCC for many years

If you have any memories add a comment to this post or email your reflections and photographs to info@chorleywoodmagazine.co.uk




One Comment

  1. Andrew Heyden   06/02/2017 12:07 pm / Reply

    Some great memories, my father put a lot of time and effort into getting the club up and running. I have many memories of watching my brother (Paul Heyden) play at the Swillett and then played myself from 1986 as a 12 year old. Sadly Dad (Peter Heyden) passed away in late 2014 so won’t see the 40th anniversary but it’s great to see friend’s children still representing CCYFC

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