The Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) has supported clubs and facilities for civil servants (active and retired) and their families throughout the UK for 100 years. The Cheltenham Area Civil Service Sports Association (CACSSA), recently renamed the Cotswold Area Association, is located in the South-West Region of the CSSC, and is a thriving example of what can be achieved when management and members work together to provide sporting facilities which are so important to general well-being. It’s not just about the sport, in recent times, general leisure activities and events within the clubhouse have been increasing in popularity.
A new clubhouse replaced the old “shack” in 1994, and was opened officially by the Duchess of Gloucester on 26 April 1995.
The facilities in the clubhouse are used during the daytime for hire; conferences, seminars, training sessions, etc. This has developed into a major source of income, which is often invested back into the club, the association being a non-profit organisation. Evening use (often limited to events organised by members or affiliated clubs) has also developed and a variety of functions are held throughout the year. Birthday parties are frequent, quizzes and skittles evenings are popular and other gatherings such as re-unions and christening/naming parties occur regularly. Wedding receptions are a feature of weekend activity during the summer months.
As the name indicates, CACSSA is an association of a number of clubs, each runs its own affairs, but within the Rules of the Association and under the guidance of a Management Committee which meets monthly. The link between the clubs and the Management Committee is maintained through regular meetings of an Executive Committee on which the clubs are all represented. The Club Manager is also available for day-to-day liaison.