Civil Service Sports Council

The Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) records date back to 1864.

CSSC had an early vision to have sports ground around the UK and at one stage had 65 sports grounds. They were integral to the formation of some of the biggest governing bodies (Football Association, Rugby Football Union and Amateur Athletics Association.) They were recognised in the 1950s as a sports body comparable to any NGB.

CSSC collection marks the history of playing sport against the armed forces from 1922 to date. This was instigated by the Duke of York in 1921 a connection which was developed in 1922.  The Duke of York Trophy was donated in 1924.

The records tell the story of how the CSSC supported the civil service during the WW11.


Special interests represented in this collection

Dame Maude Laurence who pioneered sport for women in the civil service in the 1920.

A Pathe news clip from 1926 showing King George V opening the sports ground at Chiswick and being introduced to the netball and women’s hockey teams.

Photos of the CS women’s cricket team playing in the company of Queen Elizabeth in 1953

CSSC formed a women’s committee in the 1920s to ensure women were able to participate .

Records show CSSC were supporting disability sports in the 1980s.

This collection entry was last updated on 10/07/2020. Information incorrect or out-of-date?