Originally formed in 1990, with just one team to our name, we are a self-funding junior football club from Gravesend, Kent and have now grown in size to currently have teams in all age groups ranging from Under 8’s through to a senior adult team. We are also proud to boast that for four seasons from the 2010/2011 season we established a Pan-Disability Team (who would go on to become League Champions in the 2012 / 2013 season) whilst in our 21st season we also welcomed our first ever girls team to the club (who would go on to become the first ever Real Gima team to represent the club in a Kent F.A. Cup Final in 2015). Our junior teams play their football in the North Kent Youth Football League, but we also have teams playing in both the Maidstone and Selkent Football Leagues. Our girls team play in the Kent Girls and Ladies Football League and our adult team compete in the North Kent Sunday League.
Real Gima FC have a club ethos that states we would never turn a child away if they want to play football, regardless of their ability. Unlike some clubs, we do not hold trials for our boys and girls, if they want to play, there is a space for them.
Real Gima FC does not encourage a ‘win at all costs’ mentality, a policy our managers all adhere to. However, this has not prevented us from winning our fair share of trophies and to the end of the 2014 / 2015 season, we have managed to accumulate an impressive 47 League Championships and 66 Cup wins.
The club is also a current holder of the FA Charter Standard Award, which we first achieved in 2009 and have continued to attain each year since.
The club is affiliated to the Kent County Football Association (KCFA) and therefore abides by all their rules and regulations.
As a club, we also adhere to the values of the FA Respect campaign and expect all players, club officials, parents and supporters to behave in a respectful manner to all match officials and visiting clubs at all times. Before a season commences all parents are required to sign to confirm that they will fully comply with the FA Code of Conduct.
The Managers and their assistants provide a safe and friendly environment where junior players of all abilities can enjoy developing their soccer skills and team play. All our managers possess, as a minimum requirement of the FA Charter Standard, the FA Level 1 Coaching qualification. Furthermore, all managers, coaches and other club officials are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked independently by the Football Association as a further condition of the FA Charter Standard accreditation.
For the last 20 years the club has been linked to our sister exchange club in Holland – VCW Wagenberg. On alternate Easters, in what has now become a well-established tradition with both clubs, we either travel to Holland, when our children stay with Dutch host families, or, they come over to us for the bank holiday weekend, when our volunteer families will play hosts to their children. During these visits the children participate in various football related activities whilst also taking part in days trips and excursions. Many of the children will make what often become long-term friendships with their Dutch counterparts. These wonderfully unique, fun packed weekends are always very popular with all those who participate.