Shepreth Spitfires Football Club was formed in 2015 with a simple aim: to provide boys and girls in South Cambridgeshire the opportunity to play ability based football in a supportive, structured, challenging and fun way. We are based in Shepreth, a wonderful village but one historically without a single sports club to its name. Our catchment area extends from Shepreth to South Cambridge, including Royston, Harston, Haslingfield and Trumpington.
Since 2015, the club has expanded to support a wide range of ages. We have introduced local children as young as four to football through our Tots sessions, but also run teams up to U16. Last season, our 19 Squadron U9s team reached the quarter finals of South Cambridgeshire Cup and moved rapidly up through three league divisions. In addition, we have helped with bag packing in Royston Tesco and supported a local boy to achieve his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. If you would like to get involved with The Spitfires, we would love to hear from you.
19 Squadron U10s fought hard with a convincing win at the annual St Ives football tournament over the summer. Success was all the sweeter this year after losing out on penalties in the final last year. The team played through four group matches and a semi-final before winning in the final 2-0. Overall this was a barnstorming performance, with 28 goals scored and only one conceded in the entire tournament – well done 19 Squadron!
We are delighted to announce two substantial sponsorships. A generous donation from Mick George has allowed us to buy four metal goals for our U7–U10s. We have also recently received another very generous donation from some local villagers in Shepreth. This will help us to buy and maintain training equipment for the coming season, but most importantly it will help us keep subs low and ensure Shepreth Spitfires remain accessible to everyone in our community. Many thanks to Mick and Shepreth residents, and to all of you have sponsored the club. However large or small your support, we truly appreciate it!
All players across the age groups will be assigned to teams appropriate for their ability. This is key to player development and enjoyment. Players move up and down between development and established teams twice a year in the close seasons [Christmas and summer], but we constantly assess players, provide feedback and discuss progress with players, parents and the coach. Next on our to-do list is to establish personal and team objectives to support their development. We also offer weekly goal-keeping with our Level 2 goalkeeping coach.
Tots sessions provide an introduction to football for 3–6 year olds. We run structured training sessions to introduce core football techniques in a fun format. Sessions are held every Saturday 9–10 am by a Level 2 FA qualified coach and cost just £2 per session. Just turn up, pay and play.
Our U7s [School Years 1–2] train every Wednesday 6–7pm. We are assembling two teams based on ability and will join the Cambridgeshire Mini-Soccer League in December. Games will be played on Saturday mornings.
We have two U8 teams [School Year 2–3] – 19 and 66 Squadrons – 19 Squadron is our more established team and train on Tuesdays 6–7pm; 66 Squadron is our development team and train on Wednesdays 6–7pm. Both teams currently play in the Cambridgeshire Mini-Soccer League on Saturday mornings.
We currently do not have an U9s team, but U9s can train with our U10s, and players of sufficient ability can play for our U10s. We are working hard on plans to develop an U9s team to join the Cambridgeshire Mini-Soccer League.
We have three U10 teams [School Years 4–5] . Two teams – 19 and 66 Squadrons – play in the Cambridgeshire Mini-Soccer League. 19 Squadron is our established team, currently playing in one of the top divisions of the Cambridgeshire league, many players also training with Norwich FC and Cambridge FC. 66 Squadron is our development team. Both teams train on Thursdays 6–7pm and play on Saturday mornings.
Our third team – 41 Squadron – play in the top division of the Royston Crow League. Most members of this team also play for Norwich FC Elite. Games are played on Sunday mornings.
We have one U16 team currently playing in Division One of the Cambridge Colts league. This team play on Sundays.
We offer specialist goalkeeping development with our FA Level 2 goalkeeping coach every Thursday 5–6pm.
Our home matches are played at:
Shepreth Recreation Ground
The entrance to the car park for the Ground can be found immediately to the right of Shepreth Village Hall.
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