The Club was originally formed as the Crawley Raiders Football Club in the 1973/4 season providing youth football to local children in and around Camberley. The Club was formed by Mr Pat Drew. The name was taken from Crawley Ridge School that most of the original boys attended. The first team were Under 11s managed by Gordon Foss in the Farnborough and District Youth League (now North East Hants Youth League). The Club quickly gained success and reputation for playing good football, skill development and its excellent organisation.
The following season, two new teams were formed at U10 and U11 run by Roy Pritchard and David Leech. The U11s were soon taken on by Ron Gray and won the first honours for the club winning the league and cup double in season 1975/6. The U12s also won the league cup that season.
The club began to grow rapidly training boys from the age of 7 upwards. By the early 1980s, the club had extended into the West Surrey Boys league and the Bracknell League and continued to have many successes. In 1981, the Under 16s, managed by Ron Gray won the Hampshire County Cup and were runners up in the Surrey County Cup, a remarkable feat by a remarkable team and one that is unlikely to be repeated given the rapid development and expansion of youth football.
The 1990s was a period of tremendous growth and development for the Club. In 1992 the Club had 110 registered players and 8 teams. In 1995, the Under 18s won the Hampshire County Floodlight Cup. By the end of the 1990s, we had grown to over 300 players and 20 teams. Today, we have doubled these numbers and are now looking to grow the club again by forging greater links to the local community through affiliations, sponsorship and closer ties with the local schools.
AFFILIATION WITH CAMBERLEY TOWN F.C.
In 1992, the Club (named Crawley F.C. at the time) entered negotiations with Camberley Town F.C. with a view to affiliation with the Senior Club in the area and providing a progression for our youth players as they approached adulthood. Agreement was reached for the start of the 1993/94 season, which saw 2 youth teams run by the Senior Team join us and increase the number of 11-a side teams to 10.
ALLIED COUNTIES UNDER 18 SQUAD
One of the big pluses of affiliation has been the ability to run a mid week Under 18 Squad in the Allied Counties League for the last decade. This provides a high standard of football for those older youth players who are both talented and interested. Home games are played under floodlights at Krooner Park, with the Senior Club making its facilities available for no charge. In 1995, the Allied Counties Squad won the Under 18 Hampshire Floodlit Cup, under the management of Simon Reed and Ron Gray, beating Aldershot Town in the final.
NURSERY SECTION & SMALL SIDED FOOTBALL
At around the same time as forming links with Camberley Town F.C., the Club became one of the first in the area to promote small sided football for the younger players. An under 8 and an under 9 team entered the East Berks 7-a-side Association in the 1993/94 season and a vibrant nursery section developed from thereon to include a Mini Kickers scheme for children in Years R & 1.
ENGLAND FOOTBALL ACCREDITED CLUB
Camberley Town Youth F.C. are proud to say that they are an three star, England Accredited Football Club (formerly known as Charter Standard). This is the highest level of award in the FA sponsored scheme.
These FA schemes were introduced to increase the quality of provision of youth football, to sustain participation and to raise standards. Achieving this status is recognition of the quality of football experience being offered to players both on and off the pitch at Camberley Town Youth. To achieve an award a club is measured against a range of specific criteria that illustrate the clubs commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest standards.
The criteria include: a written Club Constitution to reflect FA guidelines; a defined Child Protection Policy; an Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy; FA Coaching Qualifications for coaches to specific levels; In-Service Training for managers and coaches; a written Code of Conduct; links to schools in the local community; a Club Development Plan and the provision of a broad range of playing opportunities, including girls football.
A great deal of effort has gone into this achievement and it is one that the whole club should be rightly proud of achieving.