Thurrock Youth Football Club 

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Lee Johnson - Head of Youth Coaching.


Over the last 6 years, Lee has been responsible for the successful expansion of the Club’s Alliance Section, supporting team managers with recruitment and ensuring our talented young players receive academy standard coaching.

During this time, Lee has played a significant role in helping our Alliance squads win an incredible twelve trophies across the u13-u16 age groups. Even more importantly, Lee and the team managers have developed a number of players who have gone on to play for pro-clubs or feature for the Club’s senior reserves and first team.  

During the summer of 1979, a group of children started kicking a ball around over a local park in Stifford Clays, Grays, Essex. As word went round more and more boys started to turn up. One or two of the boy's dad’s got involved and began to organize regular Saturday morning training sessions.

As the Saturday sessions became increasingly popular a decision was taken to create an official football club. Enquires were made and Grays Cosmos Youth Football Club were formed in September 1980 entering two 11-a-side teams in the Thundermite Football League which is affiliated to the Essex County Football Association.

Since that day the club has grown to around 30 teams and we now cater for over 450 players of all levels between the ages of 5 & 18 years old.

We pride ourselves on the facilities that we provide and the training that the players get. All of our managers and coaches hold current F.A coaching qualifications and any new managers must attend an F.A. coaching course. We also have a qualified child welfare officer and became an F.A Charter Standard Club in September 2002.

In 2007 we amalgamated the club with Thurrock FC and became their Youth section. This has already proved successful with the opportunity for the players to progress into the Eastern Junior Alliance section, the Reserve team and ultimately into men's First team who play in the Ryman Football League.

Our 30 teams consist of boys from the Thurrock area of South East Essex and we have teams in the London Echo League, Thundermite League, Chelmsford League, Eastern Junior Alliance League and Essex Senior Reserve League.

The club works hard to maintain a good standard of football whilst providing players with the opportunity to enhance their personal development. For their enjoyment the club offers football from the U-7s age group up to the U-18 age group.