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History 1It seems a very long time ago when after a successful season of football for the 1st Great Gonerby Cubs a few parents and their sons decided it would be a good idea to form a youth football club. In fact this was over 10 years ago and the two parents who decided to start things up for the 18 boys were Richard Curtis and Ray Storey. Little did they know what they had started! Gonerby Youth Football Club has come a considerable way since April 1993. In our first season GYFC ran 2 league teams, this season there’re 18 league teams plus our Saturday morning under 6 training sessions. Although the club has grown to a point where we provide football for around 250 youngsters we have done everything possible to maintain our ethos. GYFC endeavour to provide football for all who join us and to do this in a safe and secure environment. We try to ensure that the youngsters’ skills are developed through recognised coaching but that we never lose the essential element of enjoyment.

GYFC were one of the first clubs in Lincolnshire to become a registered FA Mini Soccer Centre prior to the introduction of competitive small-sided football for children under 10 years of age.

GYFC are affiliated to Lincolnshire FA and have sides playing in 4 local leagues; Grantham Youth Football League; Lincolnshire Intermediate Football League; Mid Lincs Football League and the New Newark Youth League. We also enter our club in the Lincolnshire County Cup at all the appropriate age groups.

The rapid growth in the club has meant that our need for more pitches to play on has become greater. In the early days our matches were played at St Sebastian’s Primary School in Great Gonerby but now we use pitches at Great Gonerby Recreation Ground, Allington Playing Field, Kings School, Grantham and most recently Harlaxton Playing Field. The spread of our teams over a number of home pitches presents all manner of problems; we would love to have a single home with a number of pitches!

GYFC has always worked very closely with the local community including the local schools, Great Gonerby Parish Council, Allington Parish Council, Great Gonerby Social Club and local businesses that have supported, and continue to support the club through their valued sponsorship. One significant product of these relationships was the project with Great Gonerby parish Council that resulted in the opening of the new floodlit multi-sport area at Great Gonerby in 1998.

GYFC has been most fortunate in the quality and calibre of its managers, coaches and committee members throughout the years. The selfless commitment shown by so many people over the years has been a major factor in the growth of the club. GYFC has always encouraged and supported those members of the club who seek qualifications as coaches, referees, child protection officers and first aiders. This is essential as clubs seek to attain the FA’s Charter Standard.

The club has passed through its 10th anniversary and throughout the years GYFC has enjoyed considerable success at all age levels winning both leagues and cups. This is both rewarding and satisfying but our overall objective remains to provide football for all who join GYFC and to do this in a safe and secure environment.