FYFC gain ‘Charter Standard’ status

Fairford Youth Football Club is thrilled to announce it has been awarded Chartered Standard status by the Football Association. 


What The FA Charter Standard means for clubs

Clubs achieving The FA Charter Standard status can be proud to be the best place for people to play and enjoy football. They are able to demonstrate positive football environments where people can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.

In return for becoming accredited FA Charter Standard clubs receive access to benefits that help to attract and retain players, volunteers and supporters. The level of support and resources available will depend on the level of accreditation a club achieves. Benefits clubs experience include:

– Attract and retain players, supporters and volunteers
– Funding for football equipment
– Access to promotional resources and guidance
– Tailored support from The FA and County FAs

Club Development officer Alan Stratford said “This means that as a Club we can do more for the Children that play for Fairford, and support our coaches and volunteers to go further. It’s taken a lot of work, but this is significant for the Club.” 

Chairman Adam Sloman agreed, adding “This is down to the efforts of some key volunteers within the Club – I have to thank Brian Say, Alan Stratford and Chris Drabwell for their efforts to help us get the Charter Standard – it’s another big step in getting the Club where it needs to be, and deserves to be, and to giving the children from across the area a Club they can be proud of.”

FYFC get cooking with The Cotswold Chippy

Fairford Youth Football Club is thrilled to announce its first community Club sponsor, The Cotswold Chippy. 

Club Chairman Adam Sloman was joined by Darren and Lisa to unveil their sponsors board on Saturday.  Across the teams, the Club is fortunate enough to have some fantastic sponsors who have supported each and every age group, while The Cotswold Chippy become the first Club, rather than team sponsor. 

Adam said “Darren and Lisa have been tremendous supporters of our Club – they’ve been a huge hit at the last two presentation days, and have made some generous donations to the Club. To have the support of a business from the local community really does mean a tremendous amount. We hope that other businesses in and around the area see this and want to get involved too.”

An Open Letter to all associated with Fairford Youth Football Club

Did you know that over 20 volunteers give up hundred of hours every year to provide football for almost 200 children from Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding areas?

Hundreds of hours that stretch far beyond the football pitch on a Sunday.

To hours spent in front of computers dealing with registering players, arranging fixtures, hours spent on training courses to gain qualifications to help your child get the most from their time playing football, hours attending Club meetings, league meetings, hours spent planning coaching sessions, thinking about the best way to support each and every child on their football journey.

This time is given gladly, for the love of the game and in the interest of the children.

So imagine my shock to learn that a coach at Fairford would be on the receiving end of verbal abuse, and a threat of physical violence.

From one of our own player’s parents.

I want to be very clear that this kind of behaviour has no place at Fairford Youth Football Club, and will not be tolerated. The Club has a zero tolerance policy on this.

This kind of behaviour outside of football would result in police involvement, so what makes it acceptable in our football club?

There are many, many positives within Fairford Youth Football Club and so it is disappointing to have to write to you all on such a negative subject.

I would hope that you would all agree with me, and the rest of the Club’s committee and coaches that this kind of behaviour has no place in our, or any other football club or youth organisation.

Everyone connected to the Club, coach, committee member, player, parent, grandparent, guardian, deserves respect.

Fairford Youth Football Club must be a fun, safe, inclusive environment for all. And this can only be done with respect.

We only do positive.


Adam Sloman
Fairford Youth Football Club

Chairman’s Chat: A busy Summer…

While our players have been busy enjoying a well-deserved Summer break, there’s still been plenty of work going on at Horcott Road this Summer. 

Back in July the Club held a working day to clear old and broken kit and equipment from the Club house – this means that we no longer need to store goals in our changing rooms, something that made match days a particularly awkward affair! 

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