Since 1972 football has been played at the Grove encompassing both senior and junior levels. The initial premise of keeping the bar going during the winter has borne more and more fruit and with winter and summer professional television sport regularly available the club and bar has never been busier.
The Grovellers meet every Sunday morning from October to March and play in the region of 25 games per season. Players currently range from 27-70 years of age playing friendly association rules football against such sides as Aspendos, Canterbury Dynamo, Holiday Extras, and West Farleigh.
Such is the popularity of this style of football that the squad is currently oversubscribed. The Grovellers have always sought to do more than just play football and the traditions of quizzes, curry nights, presentation evenings, friendly cricket matches, sponsoring Folkestone Invicta FC, etc etc continue to endure.
The Saltwood Boxing Day run has introduced a new event on the social calendar and every season completes with the renowned International Football Fiesta, 8 senior teams, on one day, competing for the coveted shield.
This season the Fiesta celebrates its 29th Year. As manager Andy Boorman says ‘Grovellers is proper grass roots football, what is important is the team spirit, the team ethic’.
Hythe Town Youth
The Hythe Town Youth u18s side have played at the Grove since they were 11. Their play at HCSC has had the many added bonuses of parents joining as social members, attending club functions as well as running many social events including BBQs, presentation evenings etc.
During the summer the ground area between the tennis club and the skate park is used for training. As their manager Glyn Goff says, ‘The club is their social hub.’
The Grovellers are sponsoring the Folkestone Invicta game on Sat Dec 1st v Mertsham. Can members please let Chunky know if they wish to come along.