About the Club

Club Honours

January 23, 2017 in Club Honours

2015-16

U14s East Gwent League winners.
U14s East Gwent Cup winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.

2014-2015
U16s East Gwent League winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.

2013-14
U12s: East Gwent League winners.
U12s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent League winners.
U14s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U16s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U18s: Gwent County League cup winners.

2012-13

2011-12
U12s: East Gwent league winners.
U16s: East Gwent cup winners.

2010-11
U12s: East Gwent league cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league Div 2 winners.

2009-10
U12s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league winners and cup runners up.

Membership

August 14, 2014 in About the Club, Membership

Garden City Junior Membership Form 2015-16 – click to download

  • On making payment and completion of the club registration form the player becomes a playing member of the club and the parent a parent member.
  • Players, parents and coaches are required to abide by the FAW code of conduct.
  • The player is  covered by the club’s personal accident insurance.
  • The parent is entitled to a vote at the club’s AGM.

Membership can be withdrawn or suspended if the player breaches the club’s code of conduct.

Fees

Fees are set following the Annual General Meeting

  • Players subscriptions are collected in August/September each year as a one-off payment for the whole season. Cheques are payable to Garden City JFC.
  • Team Managers MUST collect ALL player subscriptions and hand these to the treasurer by October.
  • Garden City offers a reduced payment (approximately 50%) for brothers & sisters within the club with the oldest sibling paying the full price. A discount is also available in exceptional circumstances (e.g. unemployment or full time training/education).
  • In the event of a player joining during the season the team manager will reduce the amount of subscription due based on the % of the season remaining.
  • For new players a period of grace is permitted. If the player decides to stay with the club then subscriptions are due and must be paid.
  • Garden City does not provide refunds if a player withdraws from the team squad during the season

 

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Player registration and licensing

July 31, 2013 in Registration

Player registration and licensing with the League

In order to play in matches, all players (Under 7 to Under 16) must be registered with a Junior Youth League as a playing member of a club team. Plus all players U9 to U16 must hold a valid player license.

  • Under 6s do not need to be registered with a league as they do not play in league organised matches.
  • Team managers must ensure ALL players are registered and licenced via the club secretary.
  • The club pays any fees for the player’s league registration and licence.
  • U12 – U16 players need to complete an FA Wales registration form

Player licenses

Competitive youth players (U12 to U16) must have a YELLOW Junior Player’s license. Mini football players (U8 to U11) must have a GREEN Junior Player’s license.

  • Mini football players should apply for their license during their U8 season or when they first join a club if during later years;
  • U11 players should apply for a yellow competitive license at the end of season, ready for the  new season as Under 12s;
  • Each player needs to provide two passport style photographs and sign the two license cards.
  • The club pays the fees and applies for the player’s license.
  • Team managers must take ALL players licenses to EVERY match.
  • The club will be fined and/or the player/team suspended and/or points deducted if any unregistered players are identified or a player’s licence is not available at a match.
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Where we train and play

August 11, 2012 in The Grounds

Garden City (close to town centre) -- Mathern Village, Chepstow -- St Arvans (next to the raceourse)

The club uses a number of grounds in and around Chepstow for training and home games. To check which teams use which grounds please look at the team pages. Directions to the grounds are as follows: –

Garden City Playing Fields, Hardwick Avenue

Follow the A48 into Chepstow town centre, turning right at the port wall into Garden City Way. Follow the road round into Hardwick Avenue. The pitch is situated at the bottom of the road. There is parking along Hardwick Avenue and in the surrounding streets. Changing room facilities available.  Map

St Arvans Memorial Hall, Tintern Road

Please park only at the rear of the hall. From Chepstow follow the A466 towards Tintern, past Chepstow Racecourse and into St Arvans. Follow the main road round and on the right there is the village hall with the football pitch beside it. There are parking and youth changing facilities here.  Click here for map . Please park only at the rear of the hall.

Mathern Football Ground

From Newport take the M4/M48 to Chepstow and exit A466 Chepstow. From Monmouth take the A466

At the High Beech roundabout in Chepstow (A466/A48) take the A48 towards Caerwent. At the bottom of the hill, turn left just before the petrol station (signposted Mathern). Follow this road into the village and turn left just before the Miller’s Arms. The football ground is situated at the top of the road . Through the gate into the car park. There changing rooms at the ground. Millers arms post code is NP16 6JD . Google map  click here

Chepstow School and Leisure Centre

Take A466 to the racecourse roundabout with B4293. Follow signs to Chepstow Town Centre. Turn Left after the zebra crossing, then turn left into Chepstow School car park. Map

Tutshill Recreation Grounds

Follow the A48 through Chepstow past Tesco’s and over the bridge towards Gloucester. Take the first right towards Sedbury. At the next roundabout take the third turn off. Follow the road till you enter Tutshill. At the double mini roundabout cross over and travel towards Coleford. Tutshill playing fields are now on your left. Carry on towards Coleford for approx 500 yards, parking is in the Memorial Hall car park near the Live & Let Live Pub.

Wyedean School

Follow the A48 through Chepstow past Tesco’s and over the bridge towards Gloucester. Take the first right towards Sedbury. At the first roundabout turn left towards and Wydean School is immediately on the left. There is plenty of parking in the Sports Centre and the pitch is behind the tennis courts accessed through the hedge. Map

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Your club needs you!

August 1, 2010 in Volunteering

Junior/youth Football wouldn’t happen if parents and other people didn’t give up their time to organise training and games for children. Many hands make light work and helps everyone, so any help will be gratefully appreciated.  

Volunteering doesn’t neccessarily mean being the coach. People have different strengths and their time can be used in different ways: –

Volunteer Roles

  • Team administration, taking attendance register
  • Helping to put up goals and mark out the pitch
  • Organising kit and equipment
  • First aider
  • Refereeing.
  • Coaching.
  • Organising transport.
  • Fundraising
  • Help obtain grants
  • Organising teas, coffees, soft drinks
  • Making arrangements for coach education courses.

Benefits include

  • The feel good factor and being part of the team / community
  • Providing opportunities for children to participate in football.
  • Opportunities to socialise, make friends

All volunteers with access to children need to participate in the FAW CRB programme. If you would like to volunteer please contact a committee member, or click reply below and send a message.

A junior/youth football club

July 31, 2010 in About the Club

 

GCavatarThe club is a non profit making organisation run by a committee whose officers are elected annually in July at the annual general meeting (AGM).

The club is run in accordance with its constitution and the rules of the FAW, Gwent FA and the East Gwent Junior/Youth league.

The club is registered with the Inland Revenue Charity Unit as a ‘Community Amateur Sports Club’, which provides the club with benefits such as gift aid.

The club has recently taken on the lease of the ground at Hardwick Road, Garden City an is looking to develop it in the future.

As with all voluntary organisations we rely on member subscriptions, donations, grants, sponsorship and fund raising events to finance the club.

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Further information for players

July 31, 2010 in Player Info

Player Accident Insurance

Football is a contact sport and as such Garden City provides a level of personal accident insurance cover for registered and paid up player members age 5 years to 16 years old. This covers games and training sessions. Serious injuries are rare in children’s football but can occur. Parents may wish to arrange a higher level of personal accident insurance cover for their children.

Playing kit and training equipment

The club provides a football kit for those engaged in regular matches. We look to business sponsors to help fund the cost of this kit.

The club standardise on the Prostar football kit – Emerald green and black striped jerseys, black shorts and emerald green/black/white 3 stripe socks. Team Managers must ensure no other style or colour of kits are ordered. Kits can only be ordered after approval by the committee.  The local supplier of ProStar Kit is “On Six” on Chepstow High Street.

The football kit is loaned out to the player for him/her to look after during their membership of the club. They must wear this kit at organised games. All kit MUST be returned by the player if he/she leaves the club.

Each team is provided with training equipment, such as balls, bibs and cones and has. They have  access to goals, slalom poles or agility ladders etc.

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How the club started…..

July 21, 2010 in History

and how the community built a football pitch.

Garden City U14s Season 1956-57

Garden City U14s Season 1956-57

The team’s first season was 1956/57 where it entered the Caldicot and District Under 14 League. The team was successful in winning the league title in its first season, together with reaching the final of the knockout cup, loosing 1-0 to Caerwent. The final was played on Chepstow Town’s ground, which was where the Tesco supermarket is now located.

The team played in Black and amber shirts and during the first season there were no changing facilities. Visiting teams came already changed or managed to change in whatever available transport they had. The Murdens and Teddy Jones grandfather’s houses, both located on Hughes Crescent with back alley paths leading to the field, were regularly used as changing rooms for members of the Garden City team.

Community effort to build a football field.

  

The building of the Garden City football field was truly a communal project, with participation and support from almost all Garden City families. There are too many names to mention, but the three most influential individuals were: –

  • Mr Reg Martin: The late Mr Reg Martin was effectively the project manager, organiser and driving force of all the work. He was also the manager of the first ever team.
  • Teddy Jones: It was Teddy’s idea to form a Garden City boy’s team and make the football field. He subsequently formed and recruited all members of the first ever team. Team members came from Garden City, Bulwark, Chepstow, Earlswood and Shirenewton.
  • The Murden Family: (Mrs Murden, sons Ken, Rod, Graham and Robert). The Murden family assumed the role of team administration, involving washing and maintenance of the kit, marking the field (often with sawdust only) and running the line for home games. Graham and Robert continued their support for Garden City teams for many years, graduating to refereeing of Garden City league and friendly games.

To appreciate the scale of the planning, work and effort involved in making the Garden City football field, it is necessary to imagine the geography of today’s ground to what it was like in 1955/56. The area of the road going down to the tunnel entrance to Fairfield Mabey, to where the children’s play area is today was a wooden structure – Royal British Legion’s Club. Immediately in front of the clubhouse was a Bowling Green behind which were one or two derelict tennis courts. The banked area surrounding the field towards the railway line was widely overgrown and until around 1950 was a rubbish landfill site. The area to the left of the road going down to Fairfield (where the new houses are now) was an allotment area for Garden City residents.

Following the closure and move of the British Legion Club from Garden City to Chepstow town centre and the bowling club to Bulwark, the idea of making a football field was sewn! At this stage it was Mr Reg Martin who took the reins and set the plan in motion to extend the Bowling Green to make a football field.

Reg Martin undertook all the legal arrangements to acquire use of the land. He determined how best to remove what was left of the British Legion structure, how to dig up the tennis courts and remove all the debris. The families of Garden City undertook all the work of digging and loading lorries. Mr Martin arranged the lorries, and also organised the build of the goalposts supplied courtesy of Fairfield Shipyard.

At the time this was taking place a green field site in Bulwark (where the athletic club is today) was about to be dug up to supply turf for the football field. Reg Martin was responsible for negotiating the use of the turf and the transport arrangements for moving the turf from Bulwark to Garden City. Once again it was the residents of the local community who carried out the work to level the ground, cut and lay the turf before the grass died. Given the great community effort, the Garden City football field was in place just in time for the grass to nit together before the start of the 1956/57 season.

Clearly, the origin of Garden City Football Club has since provided sporting pleasure for many young children over the past fifty years.

It is now a pleasure for the author of this article(Teddy Jones) to watch his grandson play for and captain one of the many Garden City teams.

Reg Martin’s great grandson also has the pleasure of playing for Garden City.

In addition, Paul Parry a former Garden City player currently plays for Football League Championship side Cardiff City. He plays as a left-winger/striker.

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Where are you now?

July 1, 2010 in Past players & coaches

If you are a former Garden City junior/youth player or coach, then we would love to know where you are and what you are doing now?

Are you still playing and if so, who are you playing for?  

We will put this basic information on this web page.

Click on the reply button below to submit your response..

Game formats and rules

May 28, 2010 in Training

Training

Teams train for 1 to 1.5 hours each week during the season. Some teams train midweek evenings, whilst others train on Saturday mornings. If you have a child interested in playing football please e-mail the club or contact the appropriate manager direct.

Games

Mini football is a modified small sided version of the association football game younger age groups. Player substitution is roll on roll off at any time and there are no penalties. Mini football games (U8 to U11) are played on Sunday Mornings. Normal kick-off time is 11am, but this can vary due to pitch availability.

Competitive youth games (U12s to U16s) are 11 a side with up to 5 substitutes.  Games are played on Sunday. Kick-off times vary – U12s is 11am, U14s is 12.30pm and U16s is 2.00pm – but again this can vary due to pitch availability. In competitive youth football, games are either 35 minute or 40 minute each half. Offside and penalty rules are as per the adult game.

Mini football game format.

The current mini football format was introduced by the FAW in the 2008/10 season:

Group Game size Maximum pitch size (yards) Goal area (yards) Ball size
U7 4 a side 30 x 20 none 3
U8 5 a side 30 x 20 5 3
U9 6 a side 40 x 30 8 3
U10 7 a side 60 x 40 10 4
U11 8 a side 60 x 40 10 4

Under 6s follow Under 7s format

FAW Mini football Goalkeeper rules
  • The goalkeeper can handle the ball in their goal area and there are no restrictions on the number of steps they may take holding the ball.
  • The goalkeeper can leave the goal area but cannot handle the ball outside the penalty area.
  • Under 7s, 8s and 9s can either throw or kick the ball out of their hands.
  • Under 10s and 11s can only throw the ball out of their hands

FAW Competititive youth football rules

  • 11 a side games with up to 5 substitutes.
  • All substitutes are roll on roll off with the referees permission.
  • Linesmans/referees assistant’s role is to advise the referee when the ball is out of play and which side has the throw-in.
  • Offside rule and penalty rule applies,
  • Players must be registered 72 hours before the game.
The information published here is only a snapshot of the many rules associated with junior/youth football. Please ask a coach or the club secretary if you have a question.
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Club Honours

2015-16
U14s East Gwent League winners.
U14s East Gwent Cup winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.
2014-2015
U16s East Gwent League winners.
U9s Dinsdale Cup winners.
2013-14
U12s: East Gwent League winners.
U12s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent League winners.
U14s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U16s: East Gwent Cup winners.
U18s: Gwent County League cup winners.
2012-13
2011-12
U12s: East Gwent league winners.
U16s: East Gwent cup winners.
2010-11
U12s: East Gwent league cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league Div 2 winners.
2009-10
U12s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U13s: East Gwent league and cup winners.
U14s: East Gwent league winners and cup runners up.

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