Fairford and Lechlade Youth Football Club will return to its original name of Fairford Youth Football Club for the 2019-2020 season.

The Club was formed in 1976 as Fairford Youth Football Club until the addition of Lechlade in 2014 when a new Club badge was adopted.

“We have kids from Fairford, Lechlade, Meysey Hampton, Down Ampney, we draw a great number of kids from all over the local area – they come from so many places, it’s amazing” said Club Development officer Alan Stratford. “But wherever the kids come from, Fairford is their footballing home.”

“With a lot of new people on the committee, it seemed like an ideal time for a fresh start” said Club Chairman Adam Sloman. “We’ve made a significant investment on the pitches already and we’ve got some exciting work going on at the Clubhouse over the Summer. We’re looking forward to sharing more news over the next few weeks!”

As well as the return to the Club’s traditional name, a new Club crest is also being adopted. Unique to Club, the new badge features several iconic images from Fairford, including St. Mary’s Church, the town crest, and Concorde, which made its first UK flight when it landed at RAF Fairford in 1969.

The new crest will be phased in gradually, starting from today. As items such as kit are replaced over the coming months and years, the new badge will replace the old crest.

Though the name of the Club is reverting to its original name, the Club’s aims remain unchanged – to provide football to all children from across the local area – Fairford, Lechlade and beyond – Fairford Youth Football Club is your community youth football club – a charity that exists purely to give young people the opportunity to make friends, have fun and enjoy sport.