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05-Jul-17 Spartak Tournament Tournament Results

List of Winners from Spartak Tournament 2017 July 2nd @ Carver Barracks

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Tournament, played on Sunday 2nd July 2017.
U9 Winners   - Isleham United
U10 Winners - St Ives
U11 Winners - Plantation
U12 Winners - Milton Colts
U13 Winners - Linton Aztecs
U14 Winners - Milton Colts
U15 Winners - Frontier Panthers
U16 Winners - Spartak Nines
Keith Mullins, Secretary

04-Jul-17 Spartak Tournament Thank you

Spartak Tournament

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Spartak Tournament at Carver Barracks last Sunday - you were all brilliant and without you then we couldn't have put on this event !!!
We had 140 teams, almost 1000 young footballers from age 4 up to 16, they played 270 matches and I estimate there were around 2000 spectators, coaches, referees and volunteers at the event.
We opened the gates to the airfield at 7:30am and closed them again at 8pm. Never before have Spartak run such an event on this scale and it is testament to everyone's contribution that the event stayed on schedule, the finals were all played on time and we were able to clear up within an hour of the final presentation ceremony.
The referees were all excellent, several of them refereeing all day - special mention to one of our junior referees Robbie Draper who is 13 and did both sessions! All of the Spartak Youth and Saffron Walden Town Youth volunteers (parents, grandparents, friends) offered their time over a number of days to get the event setup and then again on the day itself. Another special mention to Dan Mullins who willingly helped Thursday through to Sunday.
Also some thanks to our event sponsors Global Markets Consultants (Prem Goyal) and Tom Walker Building Construction (Duxford) for your support and lastly to Pretloves Removals and Peak Construction for their help with transportation over the weekend.
Thank you again - I am sure all who played, coached and took part in the event really appreciate your collective contributions !! It was my pleasure to work alongside you all and deliver such a well planned and executed event. Yes there were a few hiccups during the day as this was a new venue however the "team" carried on regardless and delivered an excellent youth football tournament.
Results and tables from U9 to U16 age groups are available via the link below:
Keith Mullins, Secretary

05-May-17 Cambs Colts League U12 Spartak U12 Blacks win 4-1

Spartak U12 Blacks 4 v 1 Chesteron Eagles

As the final whistle blew, on the last game of the season for Spartak U12 Blacks, the team reflected on a victory that saw them defeated only once in the League - with 17 wins and 1 defeat. They, rightly, finish as Champions with 51 points.
This game saw First take on Third place finishers, with the Leagues two top scorers playing for each side. Spartak had a point to prove; as the last time these teams met was a cup semi-final in March, with Chesterton coming out eventual winners in a closely contested game. Spartak started the brighter and were more eager in the attack. Persistant work from Jadon down the left flank, opened up Chesterton�s defence, to cross a fine ball through to Henry who fired in the first goal. Chesterton are second only to Spartak in goals scored this season, so were always going to be a threat. Towards the end of the first half, they broke through a resolute Spartak back line to level the score.
The breadth of attacking options, available to Spartak, came to the fore in the second half. The team, eager to finish the season with a flurry, were soon on top with goals for Rudi and Aaron. A strong defensive line alternating between Jamie, Sam, Oliver, Theo and Samson blunted the Chesterton attack, reducing them to the occasional long-range effort. The game was sealed in the final, few moments with a superb, long-range, precision shot from Henry to make the final score 4-1.
Spartak U12 Blacks are already planning for promotion and continued success next season. Players interested in joining should contact davidbainbridge@spartak78.com .
Keith Mullins, Secretary

26-Apr-17 Saffron Walden Community FC Website

SWCFC Website

The new SWCFC website address is swcfc.org.uk
Keith Mullins, Secretary

24-Apr-17 Saffron Walden Community FC EJA Teams 2017/2018

SWCFC EJA Teams 2017/18

This briefing note is to inform players and parents about the plans for Under 13 & Under 15 football at SWCFC in 2017-18. This includes the specific question of entering a team into the Eastern Junior Alliance (EJA) at these age groups next season. There will be open meeting for all interested parties in regard to EJA for both Under 13 and Under 15 for 2017-18 (i.e. current U12 and U14) at Caton�s Lane clubhouse on Wednesday 3rd May, at 7.30pm. For full details please see link - EJA Briefing for U13s and U15s | SWCFC EJA Trials May 14th
Keith Mullins, Secretary

02-Apr-17 Cambs Colts League U12 Spartak U12 Blacks Win their League

Spartak U12 Blacks Cambs Colts U12 Albion Division Winners

Saturday 1st April saw Spartak Saffron Walden U12 Blacks produce their 16th consecutive league win of the season; maintaining their 100% win rate and, with it, the League title - two games still remaining. A nervous first half saw goals, from Aaron and Jadon, at key times to take a 2-1 lead. The second half produced some fine attacking football - with Sam dominating the middle of the pitch, Henry getting a brace and Jadon completing his hat-trick. Spartak eventually running out 6-2 winners. The game also saw them score their 100th goal of the season !

Keith Mullins, Secretary

28-Mar-17 Saffron Walden Community FC Statement from Chairmen

SWCFC Statement March 2017

Earlier in March, a series of positive votes were taken to establish a new youth football club � Saffron Walden Community Football Club (SWCFC). Members of both Spartak Saffron Walden Youth and Saffron Walden Town Youth FC, voted overwhelmingly in favour of unifying the two clubs under a new name, and this was also endorsed unanimously by the Saffron Walden Town FC Ltd Board on 15th March. Since those votes, we are delighted to say that the Football Association (FA) has also given their endorsement to the establishment of the new club. For full statement please see link - Full statement
Keith Mullins, Secretary

30-Nov-16 FA HelpLine FA & NSPCC Helpline

FA & NSPCC Launch Helpline

The FA and NSPCC launch helpline for victims of abuse in football. Please click link for further details - FA Link | Letter from FA Chairman, Greg Clarke

11-Jun-16 Spartak Tournament Mini Tournament Results

List of Winners and Runners-up from Spartak Mini Tournament 2016

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Mini Tournament, played on Saturday 11th June.
U10 Winners - Hatfield Youth
U9 Winners - Chelmsford City
U10 Runners-up - Plantation Youth
U9 Runners-up - Isleham United
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78
U9 Group Tables | U10 Group Tables

10-Jun-16 Spartak Tournament Colts Tournament Results

List of Winners and Runners-up from Spartak Colts Tournament 2016

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Colts Tournament, played on Sunday 5th June.
U11 Winners - Teversham Colts
U12 Winners - Risden Wood
U13 Winners - Cambridge City Blues
U14 Winners - SWCHS
U15 Winners - Histon Horents Reds
U11 Runners-up - Fulbourn Colts
U12 Runners-up - Linton Aztecs
U13 Runners-up - Cambridge City Whites
U14 Runners-up - Coton Cosmos
U15 Runners-up - Histon Horents Blues
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78
U11 Group Tables | U12 Group Tables | U13 Group Tables | U14 Group Tables | U15 Group Tables

11-May-16 Josh Bysouth Memorial Spartak 78 U14s v Plantation Youth U14s

Josh Bysouth memorial match

Confirmed date is Sunday 15th May - venue is Herberts Farm and kick-off is at 10:30am. Please come along to remember Josh and his grandfather, Michael Kidd who tragically died in a car crash in September 2011 and to support both teams.

23-Feb-16 Coerver Coaching Spartak 78 & PSG Coerver Coaching Partnership

Spartak 78 YSC to become a Coerver� Partner Club

Spartak 78 are delighted to announce they have signed an agreement to become a Coerver Partner Club.
Spartak 78 YSC Chairman, Matt Clare said �This is a very significant development for youth football in Saffron Walden. We�ve been looking for some time at different ways we could improve the standard and depth of coaching that our young footballers receive and we are delighted that Coerver have agreed to work with us as a Partner Club. Better coaches mean better players and we are very confident that our players will benefit significantly, and that they will enjoy their football even more as a result of our association with Coerver. I look forward to seeing a generation of Coerver Kids from Spartak 78 YSC and PSG FC in the future�.
Coerver Coaching Press Release
Keith Mullins
Spartak 78

21-Nov-15 Spartak Quiz Night Spartak Quiz Night

Spartak Quiz Evening Saturday 21st November at Littlebury Village Hall

SPARTAK 78 are pleased to announce that there will be a quiz night to help raise funds for Spartak U10s the 21st November to be held in Littlebury village hall starting at 7:30pm. Tables of 8 for teams. The cost is �10 per person ( including fish and chips). For further information please contact Steve Porter using email - StevePorter@spartak78.com or by phone 07793 079975. .

13-Jul-15 Spartak Summer Training Camp Coerver Coaching Skills Roadshow comes to Spartak

Coerver Coaching Skills Roadshow and Spartak Goalkeeper Training

SPARTAK 78 are pleased to announce a Summer Training Camp incorporating the world renowned Coerver Coaching Skills Roadshow (see Coerver website) and also goalkeeper training with Neil O'Suillivan (see page 2 for course itinerary.
Date: Friday August 14th 2015
Venue: Ickleton Recreation Ground (see link)
Costs for the half day skills roadshow are �15 per player and for the full day goalkeeper course are �20 per player. Please complete the registration details using the online link below. Payment can be made online using the link below or posted to the Spartak Secretary (Keith Mullins, Morlich Lodge, Church Walk, Littlebury, Essex, CB11 4TT). For further information please contact Keith Mullins using 07791 692395 or keith@Spartak78.com.
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78
Online Summer Camp Registration
Online Summer Camp Training Fees Payments Info

30-Jun-15 Mini Spartans Spartak Summer Soccer School

Mini Spartans FREE Soccer School

Spartak 78 Youth Sports Club would like to invite you to our Open Morning for our �Mini Spartans� free Summer Soccer School starting on Saturday 4th July (9-10am) at :-
Littlebury Recreation Ground, Walden Road, Littlebury, Saffron Walden CB11 4TP.
We aim to give everyone an opportunity to get into football and then progress them through the club and form teams, hopefully meeting new people and make friends along the way. The Summer Soccer School will be open every Saturday through the Summer and will give everyone a taste of football. The School is for boys and girls aged 3 � 6: Reception to Year 2 (As of September 2015) All players will enjoy free and fun football sessions.
For further information please contact Paul Broughall using 07966 695286 or soccerschool@spartak78.com.
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78

14-Jun-15 Spartak Tournament Mini Tournament Results

List of Winners and Runners-up from Spartak Mini Tournament 2015

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Mini Tournament, played on 13th June.
U10 Winners - Littleport Colts
U9 Winners - Leigh Ramblers Leopards
U10 Runners-up - Cambourne Whites
U9 Runners-up - Chelmsford City
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78

08-Jun-15 Coach Training Coerver Youth Diploma Module 1

Coerver Youth Diploma Module 1

Spartak 78 YSC coaches Lee Davis and Matt Clare obtained the Coerver Youth Diploma Module 1 after a attending a weekend course at Fulham FC's Academy, delivered by Coerver co-founder Alf Galustian. The course aims to enable coaches who work with players up to 18 years old to develop their skills and is based around a belief that ball mastery is the foundation to everything else. Matt Clare, who is Spartak's Vice-Chairman, said:
"It was fantastic learning for both of us, crammed into an intense weekend. We now hope to take what we've learned into our Spartak coaching for the benefit of all our players".

05-Jun-15 Spartak Tournament Colts Tournament Results

List of Winners and Runners-up from Spartak Colts Tournament 2015

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Colts Tournament, played on 30th & 31st May.
U11 Winners - Aztecs
U12 Winners - Burwell Swallows
U13 Winners - County Park
U14 Winners - Spartak 78
U15 Winners - West Wratting
U11 Runners-up - Bishops Stortford
U12 Runners-up - Notley Youth
U13 Runners-up - Frontier Youth Jaguars
U14 Runners-up - Plantation Youth
U15 Runners-up - Thurlow Youth
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78

26-Apr-15 Josh Bysouth Memorial Spartak 78 U14s v Plantation Youth U14s

Josh Bysouth memorial match

Confirmed date is Sunday 26th April - venue is Herberts Farm and kick-off is at 10:30am.

22-Feb-15 FA Level One New qualified coaches for Spartak and PSG

Spartak 78 Welcome New Qualified Coaches

Young footballers in Saffron Walden will benefit after no fewer than 17 brave souls - 13 from Spartak 78 YSC and four from PSG FC - defied the wind and rain at Herbert's Farm to successfully complete the FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football. Their final assessment on Sunday was the culmination of some long weekends of training, and all 17 Coaches passed at the first attempt. The course was delivered by Gary Piggott of Essex County FA. Matt Clare, Chairman of PSG FC and Vice-Chairman of Spartak 78 YSC, said "As Charter Standard Community Clubs, Spartak and PSG have a responsibility to ensure that our Coaches and Managers hold the recognised FA qualifications. The boys and girls of both Clubs are both proud and lucky to have so many volunteers who are willing to give up their precious weekends - not only to complete this course, but every other weekend of the football season." PSG FC are looking for more girls to join their rapidly expanding teams, especially in school years 7 and 8, and the Club now boasts nine FA qualified coaches. For more information visit PSG Website

09-Jun-14 Spartak Tournament Colts Tournament Results

List of Winners and Runners-up from Spartak Colts Tournament 2014

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Spartak Colts Tournament, played on 31st May and 1st June.
U11 Winners - Stanway Villa FC
U12 Winners - Corringham Cosmos Tigers
U13 Winners - Stanway Villa FC
U14 Winners - Bishops Stortford
U15 Winners - Sawston United
U16 Winners - Elsenham Youth
U11 Runners-up - Broomfield Fire
U12 Runners-up - Sawston United
U13 Runners-up - Bishops Stortford Town
U14 Runners-up - Plantation Youth
U15 Runners-up - Shelford and Stapleford Strikers
U16 Runners-up - Royston Town
Keith Mullins, Secretary Spartak 78

23-May-14 Ex Spartak Player Neil O'Sullivan

Neil O'Sullivan signs for Austin Aztex

Ex Spartak player and goal-keeper coach Neil O'Sullivan has recently joined USA Professional Soccer team - Austin Aztex. Everyone at Spartak 78 sends their congratulations to Neil on this wonderful news and also to his family, mum and dad Sue & Ian and borthers Adam & Peter. Neil O'Sullivan Austin Aztex

05-Apr-14 Memorial Match Josh Bysouth Cup

Aztecs win Josh Bysouth Cup

At the weekend Spartak 78�s U15 team and Aztecs Juniors U15 team met to play the Josh Bysouth Remembrance Match to honour Josh who was lost back in 2011 along with his grandfather, Michael Kidd. Contesting the Josh Bysouth Cup, the boys put on an excellent display of football in a match that was played both keenly and with excellent spirit and sportmanship. Spartak, having taken the lead through Charlie Cotier mid-way through the first half, were then on the receiving end as 2 goals from Callum Hayes and another from Luke Wood gave Aztecs the lead at 1-3. Aiden Byrne pulled a goal back for Spartak late on for 2-3, but there wasn�t time for the equalizer and Aztecs ran out winners of the trophy. Spartak would like to thank sincerely all the boys and parents of both teams, and the officials at Aztecs Juniors for coming over to contest the cup, and for all their support in making the match happen. The trophy will remain on display in the Herbert�s Farm pavilion, carrying the green/black colours of Aztecs Juniors, until the cup is contested once more next season. Spartak also thank the referee, John Russell, and the assistant referees Robert Chappell and Adam O�Sullivan, for officiating, and the supporters who took the trouble to come and cheer the boys on.

07-Jul-13 Summer Sports Camps Total Sports Plus Summer Camps 2013

Total Sports Plus Summer Camps 2013

Tyler Gilkes and TSP are running summer holiday football/sports camps at Newport Recreation Ground. This summer holidays we are again teaming up with local community standard charter football club Spartak 78 YSC to once again run our very popular football/sports camps. The dates are: Week 1: THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST & FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST 2013 - MULTI SPORT week 2: TUESDAY 6TH, WEDNESDAY 7TH & THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST 2013 - FOOTBALL Week 3: TUESDAY 13TH, WEDNESDAY 15TH & THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST 2013 - MULTI SPORT Week 4: TUESDAY 20TH, WEDNESDAY 21ST & THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST 2013 - FOOTBALL.
TSP camps are taking place at Newport Recreation Ground and run from 9am -3:30pm. (Early drop offs and late pickups available upon request) Using the Pavilion and surrounding pitches.

Keith Mullins
Maps and directions | Summer Camps Info | Email Tyler Gilkes

20-Mar-13 Training Easter 2013 Training Camp

Tyler Gilkes' Half Term Football Training Camps

Former Spartak player Tyler Gilkes, in association with Spartak 78 YSC, will be running Football training camps at Newport Recreation Ground during the Easter School holidays. This will consist of a 2 x 3 day camps starting Tuesday 2nd April and Tuesday 9th April running daily from 9am to 3:30pm.

Keith Mullins
Maps and directions | Week 1 April 2nd-4th | Week 2 April 9th-11th | Email Tyler Gilkes

11-Mar-13 FA Youth Football Changes 2013/14

Mini Soccer Changes

Kids football is changing - smaller pitches - smaller teams - smaller goals - child friendly competition.
Click link below for further details.

Keith Mullins
FA Youth Development

15-Feb-13 Fund Raising Football Foundation Grant

HFSWP Football Foundation Grant

Grassroots sport in Saffron Walden received a significant boost today following the news that Herbert�s Farm Saffron Walden Partnership (HFSWP), a Trust formed by Spartak 78 Youth Sports Club and Plantation Youth FC, have received a grant of �131,438 from the Football Foundation, the country�s largest sports charity.
Click link below for full press release.

Matt Clare
Full Press Release | SW Reporter

08-Jan-13 Charter Status Community Club

Spartak 78 Awarded Community Club Status

Spartak 78 has been awarded FA Charter Standard Community Club status in January 2013.

Keith Mullins
FA Community Club Information

08-Dec-12 Tournament Spartak Indoor Tournament

Spartak 78 Indoor Tournament

Spartak 78 organised an inter team tournament for Spartak players at the Newport Free Grammar School Sports Hall on Saturday 8th December, from 2-5pm. A total of 65 players from age groups U6 to U11 took part in a series of 5 aside matches with 4 teams in each age group U6-U8; U9 and U10-U11. There was an initial set of round robin matches involving 4 teams (reds, blacks, orange and blues). The eventually winners were U6-U8 "Orange"; U9 "Orange" and U10-U11 "Blue". Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and well done to all of the Spartak players for providing such great excitement and entertainment.

Keith Mullins

10-Oct-12 Training Autumn Half Term Training Camp

Spartak 78 Half Term Football Training Camps

Elite Sports Skills, in association with Spartak 78 YSC, will be running a Football training camp at Newport Recreation Ground during the Autumn Half Term School holidays. This will consist of a 3 day camp starting Tuesday 30th October running daily from 9am to 3:30pm. Further details will be published shortly.

Keith Mullins
Maps and directions | ESS website | Sign up online at ESS

20-Sep-12 Memorial Match Josh Bysouth Cup

Joshua Bysouth Memorial Football Match
Sunday 23rd September @ 5pm

A football match in memory of Joshua Bysouth, and to contest the Josh Bysouth Cup, will take place on Sunday 23rd September between Spartak 78 YSC U15 and Plantation Youth FC U15, kick off at 5pm, at the Herberts Farm playing fields on Debden Road, Saffron Walden. Spartak would be most grateful for your support and all are welcome to attend the match which is the first of what will become an annual event. For directions please see the Spartak 78 website � www.spartak78.com .

Keith Mullins, Spartak Secretary.
Stop Press - JB Cup Result Spartak 4 v 2 Plantation
Spartak 78 U15s Winners of the Josh Bysouth Cup 2012
Saffron Walden Weekly News

03-Jul-12 Training Summer Training Camps

Spartak 78 Summer Football Training Camps

Elite Sports Skills, in association with Spartak 78 YSC, will be running a series of Football camps at Herberts Farm playing fields during the Summer School holidays. This will initially consist of 3 day camps starting Tuesday 24th July running daily from 9am to 3:30pm, with an optional 4th day aimed specifically at goal-keeper training. For further details see 'flyer'.

Keith Mullins
Maps and directions | ESS website | Sign up online at ESS

25-Jun-12 Mini Spartans Opening Training Session

Spartak 78 Mini Football Open Training Session

Spartak 78 is hosting an Open Training Session on Saturday 30th June starting at 9am at the Herberts Farm playing fields in Saffron Walden (CB11 4DR). The Mini Spartans section comprises players from u5 to u7 and all interested players (boys and girls), currently in school years R, 1 & 2 are invited to come along and meet the Spartak coaches and join in a fun training session. This seasons U6 team has had a particularly enjoyable season, playing several friendly matches with other clubs and the players have developed and been nurtured under the excellent supervision and direction of Peter Emsden, one of Spartak�s senior FA qualified coaches. Next season they will form the nucleus of the U7 team that has been entered to play in the Royston Mini League. For further details please phone or email Joyce Harper using 07880 795 791 | JoyceHarper@spartak78.com and/or visit spartak78.com .

Keith Mullins
Maps and directions

20-Jun-12 In memory of Joshua Bysouth Cake Stall raising funds for the Medical Detection Agency

Cake Stall raising funds for the Medical Detection Agency

Tracy has asked me to email you and advise you that we are organising a cake stall opposite the Cancer Research Shop (to the side of the library) on the 21st July 2012. The proceeds from the cake stall will go the Medical Detection Agency in memory of Joshua Bysouth. Please can you put this date in your diary and spread the word to as many Spartak parents as you can to see if they will support this stall by baking a cake(s)/biscuits/marmalade etc. Cakes can be dropped of on the stall on the 21st July or at Adams Harrison offices 14 & 16 Church Street, Saffron Walden during normal offices hours on Friday 20th July. Thank you in anticipation of your help,

Teresa Pitts

17-Jun-12 Football Trials Spartak 78 U13s 2012/13

Spartak 78 to hold "Trials" for U13s team 2012/13

Spartak 78 will be holding trials for current year 6 and 7 footballers to enable them to enter an U13s team into the Cambridge & District Colts League 2012/13. All players interested are invited to come along on Tuesday 26th June at 6pm to Herberts Farm playing fields in Saffron Walden (CB11 4DR). Please ask for Sam Herd upon arrival (click for map). For further details contact Sam Herd at SamHerd@spartak78.com or 07788 107496.

Keith Mullins

12-Jun-12 Tournament Spartak 78 Mini Tournament U6-U10

Spartak 78 YSC Mini Tournament 9th June

I would like to thank all those people who helped make last weekend�s Mini Tournament such a success. Including all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help with the various activities required to ensure everything went smoothly; the organising committee/working group (Peter & Joyce from U6, Tim & Russell from U7, Matt from U8, Russell & Andrew from U9 and Philip from U10), all of the referees for managing the games so well; Karen Mullins, Emma McCorkell, Kat Sturgeon and Mr. Emsden Senior for doing the scoring and assisting the referees with the fixtures (Kat Sturgeon also for helping with the first aid); Sue Williams for arranging for the medals and trophies; Ian O�Sullivan and Kevin Tucker for setting up and managing the car park at HF; Karon Chappell for arranging the Park and Ride facility at the Friends School; the 3 Spartak U17s players who came along to Friends School to help direct the visitors to the minibuses; Kevin and Julie Tucker for organising the money floats, collecting and counting it up afterwards; Gareth Evans for the loan of the generators and tables from Carver Barracks; Matt Clare for helping me to organise the event and arranging last minute cutting of the grass at Herberts Farm; Erica �Queenie� Mansfield for managing the catering supplies and very calmly supervising activities in the kitchen (Bill for helping Erica to bring the supplies over to HF); Sue O�Sullivan for helping during the medal presentations and also stepping in to help with the BBQ; Vince Taylor for the loan of his PA system and finally all of the Spartak players who took part in the event and represented the club so well.

Thank you to the Mayor of Saffron Walden and our U9s and U10s sponsor Mr Prem Goyal from Global Markets Consultants for coming along to see the event and to help with the present the medals and trophies ceremonies. Thanks also to our primary event sponsors :-
Global Markets Consultants (Mr Prem Goyal of GMC),
Trident Building Consultancy,
Celtic Contracts and
Radii Partioning

for their most generous support of the event.

Feedback from the other teams that took part has been excellent and very complementary and they have asked me to pass this onto everyone involved. Congratulations also to 4 year old Ruben Thain who won the football cone game and wins the England tickets (very kindly donated by Trident Building Consultancy). Thank you also to all of the football teams who came along and took part in the event and congratulations to all teams for playing such good football. Finally well done to all of the winners and runners-up who made the finals in the KO section of the competition (U9 and U10). We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Keith Mullins

 Age Group WinnersRunners-up
U10 Sawston United Spartak 78
U9 Melbourn Dynamo Panthers Spartak 78 Blacks

Melbourn Dynamo Panthers U9 - Winners Spartak Mini Tournament 2012 Sawston United U10 - Winners Spartak Mini Tournament 2012

29-May-12 Tournament Spartak 78 Tournament U11-U17

Spartak 78 YSC Colts Tournament 26th & 27th May

I would like to thank all those people who helped make last weekend�s Colts 11 v 11 and 9 v 9 tournament such a successful event. In particular: Erica Mansfield and Karon Chappell for their organisation of the catering and their tireless efforts on both days. Keith Mullins for his tireless efforts on the admin side, particularly with the programmes, as well as support on both days, early until late. All the Spartak managers/coaches from U11 to U17 for their help in recruiting the teams. Sue Williams for sorting out the trophies and managing the first aid on Sunday. Kevin and Julie Tucker for arranging the cash floats and money management in general, as well as managing the parking. All the parents of all age groups, and all club officials who helped out on the catering rota or generally with setting up or clearing up. The tournament sponsors, in particular the generous donation of �125 by Carolyn Archibold. Gareth Evans from Carver Barracks for the loan of 2 generators and supply of fuel. Any helpers with children only in the mini league sides but who helped out nonetheless. All of the match officials for giving up their time and supervising the football matches. Thank you also to all of the Youth football teams who came along and took part in the event and congratulations to all teams for playing such good football in the very hot conditions. Finally well done to all of the winners and runners-up who made the final at each age group.

Colin Chappell

 Age Group WinnersRunners-up
U17 Spartak 78 Eynesbury Rovers
U16 Spartak 78 West Wratting
U15 Thurlow Youth Aztecs
U14 Royston Celtic Walpole Warriors
U13 Plantation Youth Spartak 78
U12 Hardwick Harriers Plantation Youth
U11 Plantation Youth Spartak 78

24-May-12 Girls Football Spartak 78 YSC Girls Football

Spartak 78 YSC Girls Football

Spartak 78 Youth is looking to establish an all girls football team based at our home ground in Saffron Walden. Please see link below for further information.

Keith Mullins
Girls Football Flyer

24-May-12 Press Release Spartak secure "grow the game" funding from the Football Foundation

Boost for junior football in Saffron Walden

Following a grant application completed earlier this year Spartak is pleased to report that it has secured funding from the Football Foundation to help it increase the number of teams playing mini league football next season. Please see link below for further information.

Matt Clare
Press Release

12-May-12 Cambs Mini League U9 Spartak win thriller at Caton�s Lane

Saffron Walden Town U9 Blue 4 v 9 Spartak 78 U9 Blacks

Expectations were high as two undefeated records were at stake as Saffron Walden Town hosted Spartak 78 at Caton�s Lane in Cambs Mini League U9B. It was Spartak who claimed the honours for this season as goals from Aiden Stoten (5), Charley Stark (3) and Robert Richardson secured a thrilling 9 � 4 win against their local rivals.

The match kicked off under welcome blue skies and Spartak got the best possible start as Stark scored with a tap in after 10 seconds. Good teamwork from the Spartak team created a constant supply of chances for their strikers to score some excellent goals and some determined and organised defending by Spartak ensured they always remained in front. They finished the game in style as a goal-line clearance by Aidan McErlain setup Richardson to run down the wing and with a perfect strike he hit the top of the Walden net.

Spartak Manager Andy Stoten was full of praise for all his players and particularly for stand-in keeper McErlain whose excellent performance kept the scores even in the early stages. He said afterwards �It was a great match and Saffron Walden were tough opponents with an impressive goal-scoring record, credit to them and their manager and coach. Well done to the Spartak boys and to their coach Adam Purkiss�. Click link for match report.

Keith Mullins
Post match team photo - Spartak U9 Blacks

22-Apr-12 Cambs Colts League U17 Spartak U17s heartbreak in KO Cup Semi-Final

Spartak 78 4 v 4 Aztecs (aet, Aztecs win 3-1 on pens)

High drama at Herberts Farm on Sunday 21st April in the U17s KO Cup Semi-Final as Spartak took the lead 4 times but each time Aztecs pegged them back and with the scores level ater extra time the tie was eventually decided by penalties, with Aztecs coming through and progressing into next months final. It look like Spartak had done enough to win the game however a cruel equaliser from Aztecs one minute from the end of normal time took the game into extra time. Click link for match report.

Keith Mullins

16-Apr-12 Schools Tournament Uttlesford Schools Tournament hosted at Herberts Farm

Uttlesford Primary Schools Football Tournament
Spartak and Plantation recently hosted the USSP Football Tournament at Herberts Farm, Saffron Walden and this was huge success. On a very warm Wednesday March 28 the boys tournament took place in the morning and the girls tournament in the afternoon. There were 30 schools represented in the boys event and 20 schools in the girls event. The feedback has been very positive and Spartak would like to congratulate all of the teams who took part for their sportsmanship and fair play.
Keith Mullins
Girls report | Boys Report

Dear Keith
Please will you kindly pass onto all the parents who assisted with such a successful day on Wednesday, the feedback from Schools has been superb. It is only because of your great efforts, time and commitment that it was such a success. Please can you kindly pass on my personal thanks to all your committee and parents who assisted throughout the day� as you could see the partnership could not have achieved such an excellent event without your support.

Jackie Coleman - Sports Games Organiser

15-Mar-12 Fund Raising Tesco Club Vouchers

Tesco Schools and Club Vouchers
Spartak 78 YSC are collecting Tesco Club Vouchers and will be collecting them to purchase equipment for the club. Please pass on any vouchers that you collect to club officials and team coaches (by end of May 2012) and also we can claim vouchers for recycling old mobile phones (providing they are still working) and empty ink cartridges too. See Tesco link for details.

29-Feb-12 Essex FA U16s Spartak Players debut in East Anglian Counties Under 16s Championship

Essex 3-0 Cambridgeshire (Under 16s)

Dan Proctor and Joyal Gurung from the Spartak 78 Under 16 Reds team made their debuts for Essex Under 16s and helped secure a 3-0 win against Cambridgeshire Under 16s, with Dan playing in goal and Joyal playing in right midfield. For further details please see the match report available from the link below. Their next match could be against Suffolk Under 16s on the 4th March, when they could well come across Suffolk based, former Spartak player Jack Mitchison, who played with the Spartak Reds team up until 2010/11 season. Both players were scouted when playing for Saffron Walden County High School during the recent Essex Schools U16 Final.

Keith Mullins

Match Report Essex FA | EAC U16 Results
Essex Schools U16 Cup

11-Jan-12 Paralympics Blind Football

Spartak 78 U11s try out Paralympic sport
with help from Sainsbury's.

The players of the Spartak 78 U11 team held their Christmas party in Widdington Village Hall on Saturday 7th January and tried out 2 paralympic sports "Blind Football" and "Sitting Volleyball". Manager Claire Rees-Jones signed up to the Sainsbury's 1 million kids challenge and received a pack containing the necessary equipment and instructions to enable Claire to setup the games. After a warm-up session the boys played a series of paralympic games over 60 minutes and before getting stuck into the party food they were challenged by their parents to play "Goalball" and the boys won 3 games to 1. After the party a collection was made from the boys parents and this allowed Claire to pass over a cheque for �88.03 to local charity Support 4 Sight, supporting visually impaired people. For photos and commentary see link below.

Keith Mullins

Letter from 'Support 4 Sight'

23-Dec-11 HFSWP Newsletter 01 - Dec 2011

HFSWP Newsletter

The first newsletter from the recently formed Herberts Farm Saffron Walden Partnership (HFSWP) is available to read via the 1st link below. This includes background information on the formation of the new Trust, details of the lease arrangement for Herberts Farm together with a summary of future plans for improvements to the pitches (see photo below), equipment and also to the Pavilion (see 2nd link below).
Pavilion Plans

Keith Mullins

Herberts Farm pitch improvements Dec 2011
Click photo for higher resolution image

18-Dec-11 Fund Raising Christmas Raffle

Christmas Raffle 2011

Many thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets, the draw was done at the Saffron Hotel during the Spartak 78 2011 Christmas Social on Friday 16th December. List of prize winners is available here.

Keith Mullins

30-Nov-11 Sponsorship Waitrose Community Matters Sponsorship

Thank-you Waitrose

On behalf of everyone at Spartak 78 I would like to thank Waitrose, Saffron Walden, for a donation of �380 which was recently awarded to Spartak from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme (see link below for details), this money will be used to improve the football facilities at Herberts Farm and it is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank all of the Waitrose shoppers who participated in the scheme and placed their green tokens in the Spartak box.

Waitrose, Saffron Walden

Keith Mullins

20-Nov-11 Neil O'Sullivan Former Spartak Player Neil O'Sullivan tastes success in USA

Well done Neil O'Sullivan

Everyone at Spartak 78 is delighted to hear that former player, Neil O'Sullivan, was part of the winning team in the NCJAA National Finals. Neil's team, Cloud County Community College, won the final 4-1 against Monroe College on Sunday evening (10:30pm GMT) with Neil playing in goal. Final report

Keith Mullins

Cloud Community College
You Tube Video

20-Sep-11 Spartak 78 U14 Joshua Bysouth

In remembrance of Josh Bysouth

At Spartak we are all totally devastated by the tragic loss of Josh Bysouth and his Grandfather, Michael Kidd, and it is difficult to put into words the pain we all feel. Josh, who played for the current Spartak U14 youth football team, was such a lovely child, always smiling, always good natured and polite and totally comfortable in speaking with adults and he also was a role model for the younger players of the club to look up to. Though only 13 years old Josh was a tall boy at around 6 feet, and while an authoritative figure on the pitch he was kind and gentle off it. He had been at Spartak since he was 5 years old and at the start of this season been given the captaincy role. Indeed, only on Saturday he had gone into a local sports shop to get a captains armband to wear, and the next morning he had captained his side and received the man of the match award from his coach, Adam O�Sullivan. He was proud and loyal to his club and we will all miss Josh so much.

We thank everybody for all their messages of kindness and feel proud of the footballing community, which has come together to remember Josh and to grieve with us all. Our thoughts are with Josh�s family and close friends, particularly his parents who have lost a son and a father, and Josh�s grandmother who has lost a husband and a grandchild.

Colin Chappell, Chairman

Messages of Condolence

28-Jul-11 England U21 Tickets Available for England U21 v Azerbaijan

England U21 v Azerbaijan, Thursday 1st Sep @ 7:30pm

Spartak 78 YSC are applying for tickets to see England U21 play Azerbaijan at Watford Football Club (Vicarage Road) on Thursday 1st Septmber at 7:30pm. Please contact your team manager for details.

Keith Mullins

30-Jun-11 Spartak 78 U10 New Players Wanted for 2011/12

Spartak 78 U10 2011/12

Spartak 78 YSC are looking to recruit some new players for their U10 team for the 2011/12 season starting in September 2011. The invite is extended to both girls and boys and Spartak pride themselves in providing good quality, affordable football within the local Saffron Walden community. The U10 team plays in the FA Cambs Mini League on Saturday mornings. If you are aged 9 by the 31st August 2011 and would like to join then please contact Ian O'Sullivan on 01799 501870 or use the email links below for Ian & Jay Foster (see advert below for further details).

Ian O'Sullivan, Jay Foster
Spartak U10s 2011/12 Advert - click to display larger image

24-Jun-11 Spartak 78 Seniors Promotion

Spartak 78 Mens Team Gain Promotion

We have received notification earlier this week that the Spartak Mens team have been promoted to Division One of Cambridge & District Friendly League after their first season. Furthermore three players have been asked to represent the CDFL in the reps team to play inter league matches next season.

Ian O'Sullivan

14-Jun-11 Spartak Tournament Mini Tournament Report

Spartak 78 Mini League Tournament & Football Fun Day Report

On Saturday June 11th Spartak 78 YSC hosted their 8th Annual Mini League Tournament and Football Fun Day at the Herberts Farm playing fields in Saffron Walden. Thankfully the overnight rain eventually cleared prior to the start of the event and much of the football was played in bright sunshine. There were a total of 36 teams from ages U6 to U10 playing mini football, with many local teams attending, Plantation Youth and Saffron Walden Town and also teams from further afield such as Huntingdon and Ely and also several teams from Suffolk.
The standard of football was particularly high across all age groups and the enthusiastic supporters were royally entertained as a total of 90 matches were played. The competition in the U10s group was particularly close and all 7 teams could have qualified for the knockout stage had the final matches turned out differently. The U10s semi-finals saw Spartak 78 Reds overcome Plantation Panthers 2-1 with 2 late goals and Sutton Rangers defeat Plantation Pumas after extra time. In the final Spartak eventually ran out winners 3-0 against Sutton to maintain their fine recent run of form (photo). In the U9s semi-finals Cambridge Celts overcame Saffron Walden 2-1 and Plantation Pumas won via a penalty shoot-out with Haverhill Rovers. A closely fought final eventually saw the Pumas win 2-1 and thus all this year�s trophies went to Herberts Farm based teams(photo). In the younger age groups the matches were equally as competitive and the cheers echoed around Herberts Farm as and when goals were scored.
Spartak would like to give their sincerest thanks to all of the referees who very kindly gave up their time, to all of the volunteers (Spartak parents, friends and officials) who helped out with the event, to all of the sponsors who helped to support the event and finally to all of the teams who came along to participate and make it such a successful event. Also Spartak were particularly grateful to the Town Mayor and Mayoress of Saffron Walden for coming along and presenting the medals and trophies. We really do appreciate everyone�s support and wish all of the clubs good luck for next season and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank our primary event sponsors :-
Global Markets Consultants (Mr Prem Goyal of GMC),
Trident Building Consultancy,
PHI Partners and
Spier Consulting

for their most generous support of the event and especially GMC team members Monika, Hafsa and Nitin who volunteered their time and effort on the day to help things go smoothly, particularly for their "mammoth" stint working on the BBQ which was very much appreciated!
Keith Mullins
Plantation Pumas - Winners U9 TournamentSpartak 78 Reds - Winners U10 Tournament

03-Jun-11 Spartak Tournament Colts Tournament Report

Spartak 78 Colts Tournament Report

The weekend of 21st and 22nd May saw Spartak 78 YSC host their first 9 v 9 and 11-a-side football tournament, and were grateful for a fine bout of weather, if rather windy at times. In total, around 60 matches took place over the 2-day event as 29 teams from the age groups U11 to U16, and from no fewer than 19 clubs from as far a field as Ipswich and Ramsey, contested the event.
All of Spartak�s friends and local rival clubs from Saffron Walden were represented at the event, namely Plantation YFC, Saffron Walden Town FC and Walden Wanderers. Saffron Walden left the tournament very happy having picked up a trophy at the U11 age group with a 1-0 win over Balsham in their final (Photo), and another at U14 after beating Fulbourn Falcons 2-0 in the final. Plantation finished runners up at U13 with another local side, Sawston United, taking the title in a 5-1 thriller. Spartak�s U12s walked away winners at their age group after a 1-0 victory over Haverhill in the final (Photo).
The older age groups were settled by teams from further a field. Chesterton Villa triumphed over Hundon Hawks at U16 in a penalty shoot out after extra time failed to settle the tie which had ended in a goalless draw. At U15, Ramsey Colts were pleased to have made their long journey as they walked away 1-0 winners over Spartak�s U15 Reds in a closely contested final.
Spartak would like to give their sincerest thanks to Senior Referee Dudley Haylock who generously provided his refereeing services for free, putting in an outstanding 11 hour shift on the Saturday and a further 6 hours on the Sunday � many thanks Dudley. The club would also like to thank the local businesses who sponsored the tournament programme, and all those officials and parents within Spartak who gave up their time, be it refereeing, staffing the catering facilities, assembling and dismantling the facilities etc. Finally, Spartak would like to thank all of the teams who came from near and far to participate and make the event a success. Your support is much appreciated and we wish you all a great season for 2011/2012 and hope to see you all again at next year�s event.
Colin Chappell

28-May-11 Spartak Training Goalkeeper Training

Spartak 78 Goalkeeper Training with Neil O'Sullivan

Dear Members of the Club, For the ones who don't know me my name is Neil O'Sullivan (Ian and Sue's) son. I am contacting you all to express my intention to offer Goalkeeping training during the closed season. I am looking at running group sessions as well as 1 to 1 sessions. I already have two keepers on 1 to 1 so spaces are already going. Spartak keepers will receive a discounted rate. I am a fully qualified coach up to FA level 2. I also have completed my goalkeeping level 1. For the last year I have been playing out in the States so I have experience too. I also have level 1,2,3 in sports leader and level 1 in other sports.
The main question everyone will be asking how much!! Well for an hour group session:
- Spartak goal keepers - �5 - Other club goalkeepers - �8
I am looking at running these on Monday evenings and the start date will be confirmed shortly !!
For 1 on 1 session:
- Spartak goalkeepers - �10 - Other keepers - �12
and the time slot will be worked around when is best for me and you. Please contact me through email or by phone 01799 501879 or 07977978273.
Thanks, Neil O'Sullivan (neilosull9@yahoo.com)

30-Mar-11 Cambs FA Mini League KO Cup Final U10

Spartak 78 U10 Make Cambs KO Cup Final

It was confirmed last weekend that Spartak 78 will play Cherry Hinton Lions in the FA Cambs U10 KO Cup Final on Saturday 7th May at 10am. The final will be played at Cambridge City football club - see final details | see draw. We are hoping as many Spartak supporters as possible will come along to help to support the U10s, further details will be supplied nearer to the date.


Cup Final Details

03-Jun-11 Fund Raising Jumble Sale

Spartak 78 Jumble March 19th

Many thanks to all the contributions and to all those who helped out with the Jumble Sale, we had a super day and have raised over �300 for club funds, final total is to be confirmed!


16-Mar-11 Cup Semi Final Spartak 78 U10 Cup Semi Final March 19th

Spartak 78 U10 Cup Semi Final March 19th

Spartak 78 U10 are playing in the Cambs FA Mini League Cup Semi Final on Saturday 19th March, away against Histon Hornets, kick off 10am - location Histon & Impington Rec, CB24 9LX.

****** STOP PRESS ******
Spartak 78 U10 are through to the final winning 3-1 :- report
well done boys!
Daniel, wearing #2, scores goal number 2
Pre match handshakes and hello's
Larger version of photos

15-Mar-11 Player Recruitment Spartak 78 YSC Looking for New Players

Spartak 78 YSC are looking for new players
Are you interesting in playing football?
Then come and see what goes on at Spartak 78 YSC, a FA Charter Standard Club where all our coaches are CRB checked and minimum FA Level 1 trained. Our mini league football teams train every Saturday at Herberts Farm (when they are not playing away matches) and from U8 to U11 boys and girls can play in the Cambs FA Mini League.
Click me for further details
Sue O'Sullivan 01799 501870 & Sue Williams 01799 502495
or email :- MattClare@Spartak78.com

28-Feb-11 Fund Raising Spartak Jumble Sale

Spartak Jumble Sale
Saturday 19th March 2pm at Wimbish Village Hall
We need clothing, books, DVD, toys, bric a brac, football boots etc
In fact you donate it and we will sell it.
Please bring to Herberts farm on a Saturday or Sunday or leave it at 71 Cromwell Road, Saffron Walden
Many thanks - Sue O'Sullivan

12-Feb-11 Spartak 78 U10 Brad's 100th goal for Spartak

Congratulations Brad Manning 100 goals for Spartak 78

He may only be 9 years old but Brad Manning has just notched his 100th goal for Spartak 78 following his hat-trick against Saffron Walden Town at Catons Lane on Saturday 12th Feb. Brad joined Spartak 4 years ago and during that period he has played 58 league games, 3 KO Cup matches and now scored a total of 102 league and cup goals, including 30 goals so far this season (that's 5 hat-tricks in total for 2010/11) with the prospect of more to come. Playing up front or on the wing, Brad scores regularly from long range shooting, with headers and also his quick thinking and deft footwork makes him particularly lethal anywhere inside the penalty area.

Spartak 78 U10 Coaches Claire/Keith
Brad after scoring his 100th goal for Spartak

Saffron Walden Reporter | Cambridge News | Walden Local (*)

(*) see page 18

10-Feb-11 Sports Awards 2010 Saffron Walden Reporter Sports Awards 2010

Congratulations Spartak 78 and Ian O'Sullivan

In this weeks Saffron Walden Reporter (page 30) you will see that Spartak 78 YSC have been short listed and nominated for not 1, not 2 but 3 awards

  • Community Club of the Year - Spartak 78 YSC
  • Team of the Year - Spartak 78
  • Coach of the Year - Ian O'Sullivan (Spartak 78)

This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition. The Sports Personality Award 2010 is also up for grabs and the winner will be announced on the night of the presentation. The awards presentation ceremony is to be held at Saffron Walden Golf Club on Tuesday Feb 22nd , starting at 7pm - smart dress required (Ian) - good luck to all !


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03-Feb-11 Spartak 78 Tournament June 2011 Appeal for volunteers and helpers

Can you help with this years Football Funday ?

Spartak 78 have recently announced the date for the 2011 Mini Football tournament and Football Fun Day - Saturday June 11th 2011. We would welcome help from the Spartak 78 community - players parents, friends, family and alike - who are willing to get involved either beforehand with the planning and preparations or by helping out on the day with the various activities that are required in order to run a successful event such as this. So please contact mattclare@spartak78.com and keithmullins@spartak78.com and we will be very pleased to receive your offer and include you as part of the "team".


12-Jan-11 Cup Semi Final Spartak 78 U15A Cup Semi Final January 16th

Spartak 78 U15A Cup Semi Final January 16th

Spartak 78 U15 Reds are playing Cup Semi Final on Sunday 16th January @ home against Wisbech St Mary.



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