Fairford Youth Football Club (FYFC) was formed in 1976 and over 40 years later, the Club continues to provide youth community football for over 200 children from Fairford and the surrounding towns and villages.

If we were to sum up our Club Ethos it would be one, simple word.


On the pitch

At FYFC all children are welcome.

Regardless of experience, or ability, all children are welcome to get involved.

We do not believe in ‘A’ teams, or ‘Development’ teams – we believe that all children should play together, and all children can learn from one another – all children have value and bring something to their team.

We will never hold trials – if your son or daughter wants to play football, that’s all it takes – children face enough pressure in life without being judged on their footballing ‘ability’ – we believe that football should, first and foremost be fun – being part of a football team is a superb way to develop life-long friendships, develop vital social, communication and team-work skills and establish a positive relationship with physical exercise.

We are not and will never claim to be an ‘academy’ – our local EFL clubs at Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town, Oxford Unite and Forest Green Rovers provide excellent Academy set-ups. Our games are often watched by scouts from our local league clubs. These clubs are set up to provide Academy football to promising young children, free of charge, while in many instances allowing children to continue to play and enjoy their football at Fairford Youth Football Club. No genuine Academy will charge your child for kit, or to play for them. 

We, as a Club, exist to allow children to play the game we all grew up loving, most importantly, with their friends.

Our teams compete in the North Wilts Youth Football League – genuine, local, grassroots football where the Children come first.

Our aim is to have as many children involved as our volunteer coaching team can support. When ages groups reach capacity, we commit to maintaining waiting lists and as soon as capacity allows, welcome these children into their Club. Alongside this we aim to add additional teams when additional volunteers join the Club.

As the children transition to competitive football, we will endeavour to keep all children involved in matches, coaching and all activities offered by the Club.

Our coaches will do their upmost to support the physical and mental well-being of your children, alongside their footballing journey. This is in line with the FA’s four corners model, that puts equal importance of the areas of technical, physical, psychological and social development .

We will ensure that every team, at all levels, has a minimum of an FA Level One coaching qualification (or equivalent).

The Price of Football

Our aim is to make football affordable. This means keeping our registration fees to a minimum – FYFC will never expect parents to pay £40+ a month for their children to play football and we will never expect parents to pay for kit. Our fees can be paid as either a one-off payement or in monthly installments. The Club’s current fees are £180 per season. The season runs from September-May, though most age groups continue to run sessions once the season concludes in May. 

The Club has a hardship policy in place for those Children who might otherwise be excluded by cost, and our Boot Exchange policy means that we can support players with access to low-cost equipment such as boots and shin pads.

In the Community

Our goal is to be a community asset for the Children and Young Adults of Fairford and beyond. We are a registered charity and our Club is an open book – we will endeavour to be open to parents, carers and guardians. Child Welfare officers are easily contactable, and complaints will be dealt with fully. Any concerns over conduct will be fully investigated.
Our AGM is open to all and anyone can offer to join the committee, either in a footballing or non-football capacity. 

Coaching Pathway

FYFC needs volunteers to provide football to the near 300 children that enjoy their Club.  FYFC will fully fund all qualifications neccessary for volunteers to undertake roles at the Club. From funded DBS checks, to full support of payments for first aid, FA coaching courses and more, the Club will support any and all individuals who wish to volunteer their time to support Fairford Youth Football Club. This support extends to supplementary courses, such as refereeing. 

Coaching Mantra

  • Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
  • Deliver realistic game-related practices
  • Use games whenever possible in training giving them time to practice and extend learning
  • Connect with the players before the season outlining the aims, objectives and specific targets
  • Connect, activate, demonstrate and consolidate in every session
  • Value and work equally across the FA four corner model
  • Include elements of transition in all practices and sessions where possible
  • Use a carousel approach to practice design maximising playing time
  • Use varied coaching styles based on the needs of the individuals and the group
  • Develop practices that enable the players to make lots of decisions
  • Spend equal time delivering, planning and reviewing
  • Aim for a minimum of 70% ball rolling time in all sessions

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us