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Welcome to Gloucester City Youth FC – Providing local league football for boys and young adults in Gloucester. We are an FA Charter Standard Community Club, affiliated to Gloucestershire FA. 
Gloucester City Youth Development (GCYD) was set up 20 years ago with the sole purpose of coaching and developing players to eventually be ready to play first team adult football. 
 
Initially numbers and teams were small, but over the years we have grown into what we are today, which is an FA Charter Standard Club with nearly 200 players (both boys and girls) across age groups from Under 10 to Under 18. 
 
Club Philosophy 
 
We have a club philosophy with age-appropriate guidelines and principles for cultivating independence, creativity and motivation which are the cornerstones of our approach. The ultimate object of our holistic concept, which treats football, school, career and social relations as a single entity, is to provide general principles and precise instructions for coaches at each age and ability level. 
 
The stated goal of our training and development work is to comprehensively transform athletically gifted children into creative players with excellent game action speed and professional potential. 
 
Youth players should emerge from our development scheme as resilient team players with great strength of character. We also want to inspire them to be lifelong learners and to prepare them for life. 
 
At the core of our effectiveness as educators is the example we set as coaches, the way we talk, the way we move, the way we act. Our players observe our attitude towards common values such as loyalty, discipline and fairness, as well as our conduct around referees, fellow coaches and players, and they copy what we do. 
 
The FA charter standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme. 
 
We welcome players of all ability and experience to the club, so please get in touch about coming along to join us. 
 
All our football coaches are FA qualified and licensed, and the coaching staff includes a number of Gloucester City AFC first team players, many of whom have progressed through our youth teams. 
 
For more information, please email academy@gcafc.co.uk 
Welcome to our new Online academy! 
 
The Online Academy is a collaboration between the Academy, the Foundation, GCAFCTV and the first team playing and coaching staff. 
 
The Online Academy will develop over the forthcoming weeks and incorporate more opportunities for young people to learn more about the 2 key aims for us at the Academy; 
 
Developing The Capacity to Play 
Developing The Confidence to Compete 
 
There will also be the opportunity for our young people to compete in esports competitions, meet regularly with their team and coaches via zoom and play their part in shaping the academy via our new online youth forum. 
 
Please click on the YouTube links and the document download links in red below for tasks and challenges. 
 
Take Care, 
 
Jim 
 
 
WEEK ONE 
Yesterday's gone 
Tomorrow never comes 
Make the most of today! 
 
Please download the PDF below and use as a wallpaper on your phone or print and pin this up at home 
WEEK TWO 
 
Hello and welcome to week two of GCAFC Online Academy. This week we have; 
 
Player psychology resilience with Club record apperance holder Tom Webb 
Strength and conditioning with Matt Healey and ball mastery with Robert Di Segni 
 
We also have a Leadership Challenge - compile your weekly exercise diary and email back to academy@gcafc.co.uk by midnight on Jan 31st. Best 15 will make the squad of the week which will be published on the Website and the Club's Twitter account. 
 
Big thank you to everyone in the GCAFC TV Media Team and to Chris on the Website. Big thank you to Tom Webb, Roberto and Matt for the videos. 
 
Take care, 
 
Jim 

OUR TEAMS 

Our U10, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16 teams play in the Junior Premier League, with matches played on Saturday mornings. 
 
Our U11 team plays in the Severn Valley Youth League, again with matches on Saturday mornings. 
 
Our U18 team plays in the Midland Floodlit Youth League, with matches played midweek. 
Main Ground: Walls Sports & Social Club, Gloucester GL4 3HG | Training Ground: Oxtalls Indoor Tennis Centre, Gloucester GL2 9DW 
Gloucester City Youth FC | Club Officers 
Secretary 
Kirsten Jennings 
Head of Coach Development 
Nathan Bullingham 
Child Welfare Officer 
Stuart Lane 
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