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Cumbernauld Colts reflect on memorable 2015

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• 500+ youth players across the age groups, split between boys and girls. 
• First team making great strides in the senior game. 
• Interview with: Arthur Stackpool
 
The 24th of October marked an historic day for everyone associated with Cumbernauld Colts FC, with the club’s recently formed senior team participating in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time. An impressive 2-0 home victory over seasoned Cup campaigners Auchinlek Talbot saw the team write yet another chapter in the club’s remarkable history, booking their place in the third round of the Scottish Cup against SPFL League Two side Stirling Albion. The tie against Albion proved a bridge too far, but it didn’t take anything away from a fantastic achievement by a club that is going places.
 
This latest Cup victory was the icing on the cake for a triumphant Cumbernauld Colts, who have enjoyed a hugely successful 2015. This will go down in history as the year the club took its first step in to the world of senior professional football, being awarded full membership of the Scottish FA and having their senior team admitted to the SLFL (Lowland League) for the 2015/16 campaign.
 
It is a huge achievement, and is made all the more poignant if you consider the incredible journey the club has embarked on since its foundation in 1969, competing solely at youth level, through to present day with more than 500 players competing at all levels of the Scottish game.
 
Arthur Stackpool, 1998s Coach and Club Media Officer, is understandably immensely proud of reaching this milestone. “This was a remarkable achievement considering we hadn’t even thought about this step as recently as February this year", he said. "The current senior squad has only been playing together since July, so from the outset it has always been about establishing ourselves in the League. Everything else has been a bonus! We still have to “pinch” ourselves every time we see our name on Sky Sports or the BBC!”
 
Hardly surprising then, that the senior team have been the recipients of much media attention lately. However, plaudits must also go to the coaches and staff who constantly work to create a solid infrastructure at Cumbernauld to allow for player development.
 
Great strides have been made across the board in 2015. In particular, both children’s training academies are going great guns, with new small sided game sections being created all the time. In fact, focus has already turned to the next intake of youngsters in Easter 2016.
 
The U20's development team, that was established to work in conjunction with the senior squad, have also enjoyed a particular measure of success in recent times. The boys have been competing well against other Lowland League development sides, and have progressed into the last 16 of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
 
The pinnacle of senior football has only galvanised the youth setup further. Colts boast boys and girls teams at every age group, ranging from mini kickers through to fours, sevens and elevens. The 13’s girls’ recently celebrated a championship win, to bolt onto the trophy laden 2014/15 SYFA campaign across the age groups. However, the focus is still firmly on development at the younger age groups. A recipe for success, on and off the field.
 

Allana Grant | YFS Central Region Journalist
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