Gloucester City Football Association Club
It hasn’t been the easiest of times for Gloucester City, having to play outside of the city but with work now having started on the new stadium things are looking up. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with their Press Officer Kelsey De Maria to find out more.
He told us, “I’m twenty two now and I’ve been a fan all my life – my first game was when I was five or six weeks old! I’ve been involved with the club for about four years now having started by doing some filming on match days. I started officially as the club’s Press Officer in 2015.
It’s an enjoyable role and I’m really glad I got into it. I initially took it up when I was doing my degree in journalism as a way to gain experience. It gives me the chance to visit new grounds, meet a lot of people and watch some football for free!”
“The mood is a little mixed at the moment; with the move into the National League South I think everybody thought that it might be a bit easier but we haven’t been very consistent and are sitting in a mid-table position so will be keen to push on from here.
I’d say this season, with the squad that we have we’re talented enough to reach the play-offs. We have players who are in a position to take the club forwards so it is just going to be a matter of getting them all to click. If we do I have no doubt that we can reach the play-offs.”
“Probably the biggest challenge for us is getting the new stadium completed. It will then be important to attract new fans because we want people in the city to come along and support their local side. It is a big time moving forward for the club and the next couple of years will be pivotal for us. Obviously the more supporters we can get through the gate for the better.
We’ve been away for a long time and have lost a lot of supporters and we have also lost a lot of good people that are now no longer with us. Without their contribution the club wouldn’t be in the state that it is now so we owe them an awful lot. Hopefully we’ll be back playing in the City of Gloucester again soon which is what the football club needs.”
“Youth football is very important to the club. We have a really good youth system here and have had success with players making the step up to the senior team. We have youth teams all the way down to U5 level so the set-up is brilliant for our club and is something that we are really proud of. It is the same at every club really, whether it is Man United or Gloucester City bringing players through is a key part of your identity.”
“I think the aim for any non-league football club is reaching the football league. There are a lot of non-league clubs throwing a lot of money to try and do that so we need to make sure we remain sustainable but that is the ultimate aim for any team. In five years I’d like to see the club back in the city of Gloucester with a stable model in place that will allow us to continue to progress.”