Welcome to Gillingham Town Youth Football Club

Gillingham Town Youth Football Club

Gillingham Town Youth Football Club is run by unpaid volunteer coaches and a committee. Our purpose is to provide the girls and boys of Gillingham and the surrounding areas with a structured, fun environment to play both competitive and non competitive football.

New players are always welcome at GTYFC. If you are interested in joining us please contact the relevant Manager for your age group in the ‘Our Teams’ page.

“Thank-you SPENCER!”
With regret I must let you all know that Spencer is leaving us to give more time to his elderly mother and family farm.   As most of you will know, he has had 3 fantastic years with GTYFC, topped by the Pumas having just had an outstanding season.  

On behalf of GTYFC, thank you Spencer.  Your hard work with the boys, support to the club and help with hedges, weeds & grass is truly appreciated.  You will definitely be missed and we would love to see you back with the club in the future.  Keep in touch and all the very best! – Steve Cottle, Chairman

GTYFC Update – From the Club Chairman – August 2018

Dear Parents, Carers, Guardians, Grandparents and Players
As the new season is about to begin I thought it would be useful to share a few reminders and polite requests.

Training and Match Fees: Fees remain unchanged this year.  Please pay them as promptly as you can by cheque or by BACS in accordance with the guidance on our documents page.  Sadly, as some people continue to attempt to avoid paying, we will be implementing a policy of “no fees, no football” this year.

Commitment:  Last season a number of teams struggled to have a full team on a number of match days.  This is disappointing for committed team members who feel let down by their team mates.  On occasion they lose a match because they are down a man or two and are not in the best frame of mind to win! We all know that there are family events and days when it is difficult to commit – when this is the case, please give your Coach as much advance warning as you can.  The night before or the morning of the match is not good enough unless it is a genuine emergency.  If the Club cannot field a team we have to pay a penalty in the region of £20 per match.

Volunteers: Everybody running this club is a volunteer.  No-one is paid.  Coaches and Managers even buy their on GTYFC shirts and track suits! None of us is perfect, so before you complain about something, please ask yourself, “What could I do to help?”.  The hours that coaches put in each year adds up to about 4 weeks – about the same amount of your holiday from work….would you give that up to facilitate children staying fit and healthy by playing football?

Help:  We are always open to offers of help.  If you would like to run the coffee shop, cut some grass, clean the changing rooms, white-line the pitches, referee, regularly run the line or just muck in whenever needed, please just let us know.  If you are interested in fund-raising or becoming a child welfare officer, again, please let us know.

Girls’ Football: Few of you will know that Steve Webber is now heading up girls’ football at GTYFC.  We are very keen to develop football for girls at the Club, so if you know any girls who would like to play, please ask them to contact Steve – his details are on the “Teams” page.

Thank-you: Finally, I would like to say “Thank-You” to all the volunteers at GTYFC:

To all of the Coaches and Managers old and new – you are doing a great job.  I know there is often more criticism than thanks, but please keep up the hard work.  From my four years associated with GTYFC I can say that as well as developing great players, you help with the development of young people that GTYFC can be proud of.

To our Club Secretary, Claire who has probably the most onerous job in the Club, we are very grateful for all of your hard work and patience.  Few truly appreciate the importance of your role and how much the Club depends on your efforts.

To our Club Treasurer, Elaine  Thank you for the financial juggling that allows us to keep the costs t parents and players as low as possible.  I know we can be a difficult bunch, but we are very grateful for your support!

To our Groundsman, Andy A truly big “Thank you” for all of your hard work.  Without you the Club would struggle.  I know how many hours you put in and truly appreciate the time you sacrifice for the Club.

To our Child Welfare Officer, Kelly – Thank You.  I know that CWO can be a demanding role.  Thank you for your professional approach and and your patience with me; I will find someone to take over – promise!

Steve Cottle
Chairman – GTYFC (and an all-round good bloke – ed.)

Volunteering opportunities

GTYFC are looking for new volunteers to develop our young players and help our club grow.  We are currently looking for Coaches, a Child Welfare Officer and help with our cafe.  If you are Interested In any of the roles please contact the Club Secretary, Claire Parker, at gtyfcsecretary2015@gmail.com or the Club Chairman, Steve Cottle, at stevejcottle@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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