FOOTBALL: Kingshill FC thriving ten years on

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Kingshill FC founders (left to right): Matt Pauling, Adrian Thomas and Mark Hill Kingshill FC founders (left to right): Matt Pauling, Adrian Thomas and Mark Hill

KINGSHILL FC celebrated its tenth anniversary last month.

Founded in 2003, the club was the brainchild of Mark Hill, site manager at Kingshill School, Adrian Thomas (now deputy head of Kingshill School) and Matt Pauling (formerly head of the Kingshill School sports college).

Its purpose was to enable pupils leaving the school to continue playing sport together and to extend the Cirencester Kingshill community beyond school leaving age.

Initially, one adult team entered the Cirencester League, comprising entirely of former Kingshill pupils, and within two years a second team was added as more school leavers joined training! Kingshill School remains 'home' for training and matches.

More than 50 children are also now actively involved in Kingshill Youth FC, with well over half of them pupils at the school.

The youth section has recently begun popular U7s sessions on Saturday mornings, and has U11 and U12 teams competing successfully in the North Wilts League.

The football club works very much in partnership with the school, and they even wear the Kingshill lion in white on their red shirts.

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