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A Brief Club History of Castletown JFC

The first team to play under the name of Castletown was an Under 14 team which played in the Kent Valley (Kendal) Junior League for two seasons in 1978/9 and 1979/80.

In 1980 the Penrith & District Junior Football League was formed with Castletown Junior Football Club being founder members.  The Club was run by Dennis Ridley and Brian Walker, two Castletown men who entered one Under 12 team in the League.  This was the only age group the league catered for at the time.  Two years later the Penrith League introduced an Under 14 section, allowing the two founders to move up with their sons allowing one of the coaches; Peter Renwick, to take over a new Under 12 side.  The 1984/85 season was an impressive season for the Castletown club when both the Under 12 and Under 14 teams won every one of their games.  They won their respective leagues, both the domestic cups as well as the County Cup.  The County Cup was especially memorable as both finals were played the same afternoon on the old Penrith FC ground at Southend Road supported by a large crowd with both teams doing thier club & town proud.

Season 1990/91 saw the introduction of an 11-a-side Under 10 league; Penrith was the first league in the county to introduce the younger age group.  Castletown were in a strong position to benefit from the new league, due to the sterling work Irwin Wallace had been doing every Saturday morning for the previous four years with his (now famous) “Nappy Squad”.  In 1997/98 after many years of deliberation an Under 16 league was started in Penrith.  Previously the only option boys had when they’d finished in the Under 14 League was to go into men’s football (which many did) or play in the Carlisle Junior League.  Irwin’s ability to attract youngsters to the club ensured not only stability but continued growth, every year seemed to see the introduction of another team.

A girls section was added to the club in 2006 when Terry Hullock started with an Under 10 team playing in the Carlisle Junior League.  Under Terry’s guidance and enthusiasm the members increased and within three years the number of teams had increased to four.  A major success for the girls came in the 2010/11 season when the Under 12 team were crowned UK “Futsal” champions at the National Finals in Birmingham.

After many hours of hard work by Clive Briggs, the club achieved FA Charter Standard status in 2007/08.  This initiative by the English Football Association lays down guidelines every club must adhere to, i.e. all personnel working with children must be CBR checked and teams need one member to have at least an FA Level 1 Coaching Badge.  Coaches, players & parents need to be made aware and respond to a strict code of conduct, showing respect to the opposition & officials.  The job of ensuring all members have the necessary qualifications is carried out by Terry Hullock, a thankless task for which the club is grateful.

The Club continues to be in good health; at the start of this season 17 teams from Under 9 to Under 16 were entered into various leagues along with another four squads of players not yet old enough for league football training with Irwin every Saturday morning at Castletown Recreation Ground (The Rec), Penrith.  This means there’s a lot of people giving up many hours of their free time to ensure up to 250 children are enjoying themselves, meeting new people and making new friends in a safe and friendly environment.

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