What is the CSSA
The Purpose of Our Association History of Our Association
Aims: The Structure of Our Association
Officers Events
Member Schools How to Become A Member
What we want from you… Our Overall Aim

What is the CSSA

The CSSA is the most active primary schools sports association in London. It is an association set up to provide sporting links for children in Camden primary schools. We feel that the association has given children a unique opportunity. They are able to compete against other athletes, in a fun yet competitive environment, as well as forge many new friendships between schools and individual children.

The association provides equal opportunities for both large and small schools. The association takes into account the difference in school sizes and facilities and does it’s best to provide fair opportunities in competition.

The Purpose of Our Association

To provide organised sporting events for children in conjunction with and as an extension to their regular school curriculum.

History of Our Association

The CSSA was established in the 1950’s as an association to provide sporting opportunities for the Hampstead schools. Over the last 14 years, the association has grown from 9 to 36 schools. This has changed the geographical make up the association so that we now incorporate schools throughout the borough of Camden.


To provide organised sporting events for children in conjunction with, and as an extension to, the school curriculum.

To build confidence and self esteem in individual athletes.

To develop co-operative skills in the context of team sports.

To create good sportsmanship and to demonstrate fair play.

To gain enjoyment from competition against a variety of schools and to appreciate the abilities and sportsmanship of others.

To improve children’s skills and knowledge of a variety of individual and team sports.

To demonstrate good behaviour on and off the pitch. Click here for Code of Conduct.

The Structure of Our Association

The association is made of 36 primary schools from around the borough of Camden. We have an annual general meeting to discuss the finances and events for the forthcoming year. Individual teacher(s) take on the responsibility to assist in the organisation and running of selected events. Teachers in individual schools will also organise the school teams. All work done for the association is on a voluntary basis provided by teachers, support staff and parents from Camden schools.


President: John Stewart, head, St Mary Magdalene primary, Islington

Vice President: Jef Gooding, Gospel Oak Primary School NW3

Treasurer & Event Co-ordinator - Sophie Sparrow


All events that we organise are designed to allow as many children as possible to take part and have fun regardless of ability. Our events run from early September right through to July.

**Leagues take place after school hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tournaments are held during school time. From our leagues and competition some children are asked to represent the borough in football, rugby, cricket, netball, rounders and athletics. They compete in the London Heathrow Mini Games as well as other competitions organised by groups outside the association.**

Future of the Association

We would like the association to continue to develop. In particular, to get on board the last few remaining primary schools who do not take part in competititive sport. Also, we are looking to further develop the opportunities for talented children to compete at a higher level: inter-borough and national level competitions.

Member Schools (36 of 39 in Camden)

Argyle Emmanuel New End  St George the Martyr
Beckford Fitzjohn's Our Ladys  St. Josephs
Brecknock Fleet  Primrose Hill St. Marys Kilburn
Brookfield Gospel Oak  Rhyl  St Mary’s & St Pancras
Carlton Hampstead Parochial Richard Cobden St. Michaels
Christ Church  NW1 Holy Trinity  NW1 Rosary  St. Patricks 
Christ Church NW3 Holy Trinity NW3 St Albans St Paul's
Christopher Hatton Kentish Town  St Aloysius  Torriano
Edith Neville Kingsgate St Dominic's   
Eleanor Palmer Netley St. Eugene de Mazenod  

Participation 2007-2008

How to Become A Member

Please contact Sophie Sparrow at Sports Development using the internal post or email her at sophie.sparrow@camden.gov.uk

What we want from you…

Your money. The current subscription is £100.00 per school per academic year. This money is used to pay some of the costs of venues, equipment and awards.

Eager people

Your advanced planning in deciding which event your school will take part in each year.

Your suggestions on how to make the association stronger and better.

Our Overall Aim

The overall aim of our association is to provide opportunities for as many children (boys and girls) in the Camden area to compete, have fun and grow as individuals and athletes.

Taking part will always be more important than winning.