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Your support is invaluable

It’s fantastic that Youngs Park is full of smiling faces again and that we have been able to extend this season into May.

Hopefully we can welcome family, friends and supporters back very soon. We have missed you!

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to the 21 people who have now donated their £35 credit we offered towards next seasons youth fees.  Its been a difficult time for many in our community financially, and for us at Aylsham FC we have had little opportunity to raise vital funds as a volunteer organisation.

Thankfully over 20 people have already donated their £35 credit to the club and we are extremely grateful.

There is still time to donate all, or part of your credit to the club before it is issued at the end of the month, if you so wish.

Please email chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk as soon as possible and we will arrange it.

Thank you.

-Aylsham FC Executive Committee

 

Social media boycott – Weekend of Action

Alongside the Premier League and EFL, The FA are asking clubs across the Women’s football pyramid, National Football League and grassroots game to join the ‘social media switch off’ over the weekend of 30 April – 3 May 2021. Recognising a unified approach will deliver much greater impact and reinforce the collective fight against discrimination in all its forms.

Aylsham FC will stand together with English football by turning off all social media channels during this period and redirect club members, players and parents to other club and FA platforms.

 

AFC Covid-19 Guidance

Whether you are a manager, player, visitor or supporter of Aylsham Football Club here is what you need to know with regard to our current Covid-19 guidance:

Youngs Park is private land not a public park which is why some government rules may differ to other clubs.

Guidance for when visiting Youngs Park:

  • Spectators are now allowed whilst adhering to Covid protocols.
  • On entry to the playing field all coaches and players must sanitise at the designated station.
  • All adult visitors must scan the QR Code for the NHS Test and Trace app.
  • The club house is only to be used for toilets. A face covering must be when when inside (if over the age of 11).
  • Social Distancing must be adhered to at all times
  • Spectators are asked not to touch any balls or equipment with their hands.
  • We have strict entry and exit points. See below.

Please follow the entry and exit rules.

Guidance for players and officials:

  • Handshaking, high-fives, or group goal celebrations should be avoided.
  • Team talk huddles should not take place; however, team talks can take place as long as social distancing is observed.
  • When the ball goes out of play it should not be retrieved by a non-participant and should be retrieved using feet rather than the hands where possible.
  • Players should refrain from spitting.
  • If a player gets injured, a member of their household or support bubble can aid them, but others will still need to socially distance unless a life or limb-treating injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care.
  • All the equipment used will be sanitised before the match, half time and after the match. This includes goals and footballs.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided at all entrance to the premises with signage displayed.
  • Access to the toilets is permitted but youth players must be escorted by a member of their household or support bubble.
  • The club will support track and trace system by managers having name and contact information of players participating in the match.
  • All the guidance for Covid-19 will have been explained to all participants before game play.

Our full risk assessment document which was last updated May 16th can be viewed below.  This is to be circulated to all visiting teams:

Aylsham FC Covid19 back to football Risk Assessment 16May21

Youth football to return with credit towards next season

As a community club, we are acutely aware of how difficult the last few months have been for many families.

We are all committed to getting back to football safely from the 29th March and to focus on our young players so they can have some “football fun” over the coming weeks.  Whether it be training, friendlies, round robin(s) or small events, we will do our best to get everyone playing football – subject to Government and FA advice.

You may be aware that the NYCL have already made the decision to void all leagues and have intimated they are planning to continue some cup competitions.  We are waiting for the NW&GL to confirm their intentions.

In recognition of the unique circumstances of this season, we have decided to automatically credit every youth player (who has paid their fees in full) with £35 towards next season’s overall payment**.  This represents just over 40% of the training fees. If you feel you are able to donate all or part of this credit to the club funds, we would be extremely grateful.  Please email chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk for us to remove your planned credit by 31st May (ideally ASAP).

As a volunteer organisation, it is worth highlighting our costs have remained broadly similar for the season, with the majority of our income historically coming from player fees, summer tournaments and the generosity of the local business sponsors and advertisers.

We hope to see you at Youngs Park very soon.

-Aylsham FC Executive Committee

** Note: For the current under 16 players, we hope you will continue into U18 or adult football. This credit will automatically apply to your future fees.  If you decide to stop playing football, your fee can be refunded on request via chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk

 

A thanks from Barnsley FC

As you have probably seen we were lucky enough to host Championship side Barnsley for a training session prior to their match against Norwich at Carrow Road.

They have been in touch since with a nice note to our Chairman Ian Potter:

Hi Ian,

I apologise for my severely delayed response time here.

Again a massive thank you for from everyone at Barnsley FC for your hospitality and accommodating us on such short notice and given the circumstances.

Everything was absolutely perfect and worked so smoothly for us.

Shame the result went against us but Norwich were deserved winners in my opinion. We have just drawn them again, this time at home, in the FA Cup strangely enough!

I have also attached the footage that our coach driver shot from his drone. I thought it was really cool and might be valuable to you for use on your platforms.

All the very best and if you are ever up North please do let us know so we can get you back to a match at Oakwell.

Good praise for our club.

Thank you for five wonderful years

Youngs Park celebrates its fifth Birthday on Saturday 21st November.

Although we are closed due to the current restrictions, I would like to raise a toast to all the volunteers who have contributed to make it happen and everyone who has volunteered or helped in some way, on or off the pitch. These people make it such a special place for Aylsham FC and our community.

Without the volunteers, committee members, players, coaches, user groups, business sponsors and advertisers, it would just be a building with no soul.

For so many it represents a place to be proud of in our community; a place for football, a place for family and friends and a place for sharing with everyone.

As it’s important to always look to the future, it’s great to read that Youngs Park and Aylsham FC are highlighted in the Football Foundation and Norfolk FA ten year strategic plan for 3G pitch investment.

Just click this link and insert “Broadland” for local plans. https://footballfoundation.org.uk/local-plans?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=LFFP%20applicant%20social

Happy birthday Youngs Park and stay safe everyone.

Ian Potter

 

 

Aylsham FC Ltd Covid 19 Risk Assessment

This is our generic risk assessment which identifies the common hazards and risks associated with training, coaching sessions and matches organised by Aylsham FC Ltd.

Before use, AFC volunteers will also assess any special risks that are specific for their particular session, the venue and players.

Any accident / incident that occurs will be recorded in the Youngs Park incident book and immediately reported to the Club Chairman.

The Risk Assessment must also be read and agreed in conjunction with the Aylsham Community Sports Ltd (Youngs Park) risk assessment who operate the building and follow the latest Covid19 procedures and rules communicated by the Government and Football Association.

You can read the risk assessment in full here:

AylshamFC Covid19 back to football Risk Assessment 2Dec20

 

Cup glory for under 7s

Our under 7s Falcons had a cup final to remember recently when they ran out 6-1 winners against Horsford.

The win included a five goal haul from Dexter with Sonny scoring the other.

The remarkable thing about this game was that the team were actually losing 1-0. But their heads didn’t drop and the win rounded off a brilliant performance.

The players were delighted when Taylor, the captain lifted the Kappa Cup.

Ocelots add to under 10 weekend success

Ocelots U10s celebrated their first taste of success this weekend and became the second under 10s side to win some silverware.

Their ever present determined teamwork added to by clinical finishing meant they were victorious against an experienced, strong and creative Dussindale side.

Dom scored twice and Gilby added a third to give the Ocelots a fairytale end to a season of real team progress.

 

The Jubilant Ocelots

 

Under 10 Jaguars win cup!

Our under 10 ‘Jaguars’ team claimed their first trophy this afternoon with a 3-0 win against Holt.

The game which was at Open Academy in Norwich was played in windy conditions and nerves were clear to see from both teams.

Those Aylsham nerves were settled mid-way through the first half when Oliver headed in a corner to make it 1-0. This was followed soon after when Ajay ran through to make it 2-0. Right on the stroke of half time Frederick slotted home a rebound off the keeper much to the delight of the coaching team and parents watching on.

It was a shame that many more couldn’t enjoy the match due to the current Covid-19 restrictions but the players will certainly remember it for a long time.

The team celebrate with their coaches

Oliver – scorer of first goal