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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

Club invites people for secretary role

After more than 22 years as Aylsham Football Club secretary, Mick McCann is stepping down. The club will be honoring his long service at a later date.

He will be a very hard act to follow, but the club is inviting members to apply for the vacant position.

This is a key position within Aylsham FC, as it is a role which forms part of the executive committee, with primary responsibility for liaising with the county FA and leagues.

The club secretary also plays a pivotal role in keeping the Executive, Adult and Youth committees up to date on all relevant correspondence, ensuring the rules and regulations are followed when signing players, completing paperwork etc.

We are fortunate to have very capable youth section secretary, charter standard officer, welfare officer and executive committee minutes secretary, which means the successful applicant will join an experienced team of volunteers.

Excellent communication skills, effective stakeholder management and strong organisation and administrative skills are essential to the role and, ideally, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of the FA and league rules – however, this is not essential.

It is possible to split the key accountabilities of the role (club secretary, adult match fixture secretary, disciplinary and player registrations officer) between two or more people depending on the interest shown. We would look to involve the successful applicant in how best to do this.

We are a progressive, community club, with big ambitions and a great facility in Youngs Park.  If you are interested in joining a passionate group of people who are all about our community then please give Ian Potter, club chairman, a call on 07944 915310.

Mick McCann (left) who picked up a long service award from the FA in 2017. He is pictured alongside Michael Banham, Chairman of Norfolk County FA and wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewitt.

 

2020 Summer Tournament Cancelled

Sadly, we have reached a point where the Aylsham FC Summer Youth Tournament must be cancelled sure to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We must do the right thing by our community and as it stands it’s seems unrealistic to imagine we could hold an event in our community for over 5000 people across two days in late May.

Over the next 2-3 weeks we will work out how best to refund the 116 teams who have entered to date.

We would like to pass on out thanks to all the teams their support and the tournament committee who put in a huge amount of work to organise the event,

We will be back bigger & stronger next year.

 

Faith’s remarkable football journey

A young Aylsham footballer, who suffers from epilepsy and deafness, wants to continue her remarkable journey by one day coaching her own team.

Faith Kenny, 14, who battles constant tiredness, decided to start playing football two years ago, and has certainly made an impression ever since.

She has a rare form of epilepsy, and is also deaf in her right ear. After taking part in two taster sessions at Aylsham, Faith immediately enjoyed it, and now represents numerous teams across the county.

As well as playing for Norwich City’s Player Development Centre (PDC) and Community Sports Foundation (CSF) teams, she is also captaining the new Aylsham FC girls’ side for the second successive season.

Her involvement with Norwich City has given her the opportunity to play at the facilities of some of England’s biggest teams, including Manchester City and Chelsea.

She has also previously played at St George’s Park, the national football centre, in the FA People’s Cup Final.

Faith wants to encourage other disabled children to follow in her footsteps, something which has inspired her to start coaching alongside Gus Bates at Aylsham FC.

She said: “I have always enjoyed working with children and really want to support children who may have disabilities like me. I want to show them that they can still be active and play football.”

Gus, who works with Aylsham U8s and U13s boys’ teams, is giving Faith tips on how to coach, which will allow her to apply for a level one coaching course when she turns 16.

Faith said: “I really want to have my own team to coach in the future and Gus is helping me look at how to start developing a coaching technique.”

The full interview with Faith can be found at http://www.norfolkfa.com/news/2019/may/08/faith-kenneys-football-journey-so-far.

 

Faith Kenny

Ben signs up with City

Talented Aylsham footballer Ben Bates has just signed for the Norwich City FC Academy.

From next season eight-year-old Ben will be training twice a week after school with the academy’s under-nines’ squad.

And he’ll be playing a fixture every Sunday which will involve travelling to top clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City and further afield, in Europe.

Ben has been playing for Aylsham FC since he was five when he was spotted by a scout from now-Premier League Norwich and signed to the club’s pre-academy, an experience which has already taken him to matches against teams including Watford, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

As an academy member Ben’s no longer allowed to play for Aylsham where his dad, Gus, is chairman of youth football. But he plans to cheer on his old team mates at their Saturday games.

Ben is one of 12 young footballers from across Norfolk who have just been signed to the academy.

He follows in the boot steps of another Aylsham FC player, Aylsham High student Sam Blair who will be signing a two-year paid scholarship contract on July 1 in the hope of being offered a professional contract.

Sam has already represented the Norwich City under-23 team this season alongside the likes of Grant Hanley and Nelson Oliviera.

The academy takes the cream of the county’s young players and helps them reach their full potential, with the prospect of a career in professional football for the very best.

But Gus said assessment of the young players’ was continual and could be ruthless, and each faced the possibility that they could be thrown out at any time.

“Ben’s got his feet firmly on the ground,” he said. “Whatever happens, this will have been a great experience for him.”

WORDS: JUST REGIONAL

DOTTED LINE: Ben Bates signing for the Norwich City FC Academy, with the club’s Scott Smith

HALLOWED TURF: The week before his signing Ben (back row far right) played on Norwich’s famous Carrow Road pitch for the first time as part of Aylsham under eights’ Kappa Cup-winning team who are pictured here with former Canaries stars Russell Martin (left) and Wes Hoolahan.