Indian Gymkhana Club (Football Section) was established in the mid 1980’s. The club has along and illustrious history and is renowned as being the longest standing Asian sports club within the west London area. During the 1970’s a dynamic shift was taking place in terms of sports participation, many 2nd generation Asians having been raised and educated in the United Kingdom, started showing a passion for football, traditional sports such as hockey and cricket although popular began taking a back seat to the growing popularity of football.
Participating in football amongst friends provided a base where likeminded individuals had an opportunity to play, socialise and share common experiences, like many football clubs, the next logical step was taking this unstructured football set up to something more structured. Key members of the group at the time decided to form a team that would participate in officially recognised leagues hence the foundation stone had been laid.The football section of the club currently compete in the Middlesex County Football League,a step seven league and one which is part of the official Football Association (FA) promotion structure. We have also been awarded and recognised as a ‘Charter Standard Club’ by Middlesex FA, this award is given to clubs which can successfully demonstrate good governance and administration.
The football section comprises of a first and second team playing a majority of their games on a Saturday afternoon. There are also two Sunday Youth teams, Under 10s & Under 8’s. We have recently added a Girls team for the first time in our illustrious history. We also play summer tournaments for the Khalsa Football Federation, which consists of 5 tournaments in England throughout the summer. The football section also run a health and fitness programme, this is open to anyone that’s interested in keeping fit as their primary goal.