Formed in 1948, Cambridge Football Club is and has been committed to serving its community. It is during this time when football enthusiasts started organizing football tournaments for its two junior teams. Currently, the team fields senior men and women teams and caters for approximately 500 children of age between 4 and 16 years old. The football club also boasts of having youth teams that help the juniors to better transition to senior football. Here is a detailed history of this football club.read more
From time to time, Cambridge Football Club holds the Cambridge Summer League. The primary objective of this event is to encourage players to have lots of fun through football. The teams that take part in this competition are seeded upon their stated objectives. This would include whether they want to be serious, semi-serious or just purely social. The club encourages them to square out within this spirit’s objectives. It provides this set of rules as well as guidelines for the player enjoyment.read more
The Northern League is also known as the Northern Region Football League. Today, it is called Lotto Sports Italia NRFL Premier; however, this is for sponsorship reasons. This is semi-professional and professional association football league in New Zealand. It is currently run by the Auckland Football Federation.
The Northern League is at the first level of the NZ football pyramid. It shared this spot alongside the ASB Premiership, which is a franchise-based. It comprises of various football clubs in the northern part of North Island, from the Auckland, Northland, Waikato as also Bay of Plenty provinces.read more
This is a venue for soccer matches found in Cambridge New Zealand. It is said to be the all-year home for Cambridge Football Club who take part in Northern League in New Zealand. This ground has a rich history as was the training base as well as the home ground for the WaiBop United for the time between 2013 and 15 during which they played in New Zealand highest level home competition aka ASB Premiership.read more
An award can be used by a football club, as a measure of its good standing and performance over the years. The more awards a club has the better the performance as to be recognized. Also, the number of awards it has over the years proves how long the club has been in operation. For this reason, awards are a treasured asset of any sports club. That said, the Cambridge football club has a rich history. The club has been in operation from the 50s. Over time this football club has stood out in many activates as to be recognized and awarded. To date, it has accumulated up to 10 awards, as you will see below.
The club’s class of 93 won the Waipa Sports Team of the Year Award for their outstanding feat, by winning the Northern League division two titles. They won the title without being beaten. It registered 19 wins, and 3 draws in that season. They were finalists in the Waikato Sports Team of the Year award.
This happened in 2001 when the team won the award for the first time ever. It topped a number of clubs from various sports disciplines.
In 2010, the club’s junior section won the Trustpower Waipa Community Service Sports Award after significant growth in the number of players. This also came in the wake of having completed a program which saw the building of the junior clubrooms, as well as the development of the initial Cambridge’s polo grounds to football grounds.
The New Zealand Football Media Association judged that the club's match program was the best in the country. The club, therefore, received recommendations for this program in 2012 and also 2014.
This would perhaps be the best year for the club, as it received quite a number of awards. Some awards include, the Waipa Sports Club of the Year for hosting the ASB Premiership games for the WaiBOP United. It achieved the country’s 2nd largest attendance. Another award was the Waipa Sports Administrator of the Year, Waikato Sports Administrator of the Year where Greg Zeuren was judged to be the top administrator in Waikato. There was yet the Finalist, Waikato Sports Club of the Year, WaiBOP Football Club of the Year and the Trustpower Waipa Community Service Supreme Awards.
Cambridge Football Club won the award for two years in a row. The club won the WaiBOP Premiership title as well as the WaiBOP Youth Championship. It was also judged that the club had contributed immensely to the Cambridge community. There was also the Finalist, Waikato Sports Club of the Year on the same year, and the NZ Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM) award.
The Corrections New Zealand presented this award to the club due to its exceptional involvement in the national community work scheme. This is after a three-year work to help support inmates sentenced to render services to the community.
In 2017, the club scooped yet again the above awards. The first one was for the men’s first team for a season that was successfully completed by winning the WaiBOP Premiership, WaiBOP Federation Shield as well as the promotion to the Northern League. This club also got recognized for winning the WaiBOP Premiership, Waikato Women’s League, WaiBOP Championship, and the WaiBOP Federation Shield. Cambridge football was also applauded for having the best website section and got the 2017 NZ Football Media Awards.
Tim Bailey, the clubs junior captain, won the award at the Sports Waikato dinner in Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapiro
So far, these are the only awards that the football club has won over the years. Going forward, it hopes to get much more awards.