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Learn about CSSC's illustrious history

Step back in time

In 2021, CSSC will be 100 years old and to mark this occasion, we want to reflect on our history and our achievements. We also want to celebrate the work CSSC is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.

The Football Association was formed

On 26 October 1893, George Wawn represented the Civil Service Football Club (CSFC) at a meeting in the Freemasons' Tavern in Covent Garden with 10 other football clubs.

Between them, they produced a set of laws for association football, and created a governing body - The Football Association. Of the original 11 clubs at the meeting, only the CSFC survives today.

CSSC was formed

At an enthusiastic meeting held on 4 November 1921 at Central Hall, Westminster, the Chairman, Sir Aubrey Symonds, KCB, Second Secretary, Ministry of Health, proposed the first resolution, as follows: "that this meeting, representative of Civil Service Sport in all its branches, now records its opinion that the time has arrived for the formation of a United Civil Service Sports Club" the resolution being duly seconded.

The Civilian, 12 November 1921

Chiswick opens its doors

The opening of the civil service headquarters' ground at Chiswick. H.M, was presided over by King George IV. His Royal Highness inspected the teams together with the respective captains.

Civil Service Athletics Association meeting

Civil Service Athletics Association (CSAA) had a meeting at Stamford Bridge. The CCAA held its first championship in 1864 with such events as:

  • 100 yard dash
  • Pole Leaping
  • Cricket Ball
  • Hopping 50 yards and 100 yards.

Twenty-one years of achievement

The President of the Civil Service Sports Council, H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester K.G, sent his congratulations to all those concerned on reaching the milestone of 21 years of achievement and urging the importance of the CSSC “during these difficult years of War but still more in the reconstruction period afterwards”.

A Royal Visit

His Royal Highness King George IV and the Queen Consort visit the bowls green at Chiswick

Visit from her Majesty the Queen to Chiswick

HM Queen Elizabeth II visits Chiswick sports ground on 25 July where she spends time with her own civil servants.

Civil Service Sports Journal, July 1953

Olympic Games message

Sir Richard Hayward C.B.E. has sent the following message on the subject of the 1972 Olympic Games. “As in the past, the Civil Service Sports Council has been asked to play a part in raising money to help send a British team to the Olympic Games, to be held this year in Munich between 26 August and 10 September."

Extract from the news sheet of Civil Service Sports Council, January 1972

CSSC Festival of Sport

3,000 members helped CSSC celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 22 May.

Civil Service Riding Club

The Civil Service Riding Club Quadrille performing in Kensington Gardens, prior to the loss of the avenue of trees in the background, during the great storm of October 1987.

Extract from CSSC yearbook 1988

CSSC Games

The first Games were held at Millfield School and have been held every other year at Loughborough University. Over the years, 27 sports have been included and two royal visits have taken place in 2003 and 2015.

CSSC plays football at Buckingham Palace

Hosted by HRH The Duke of Cambridge the Civil Service Football Club (CSFC) took part in a football match at Buckingham Palace, on 7 October 2013, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association and the CSFC.

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