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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 to be played at Youngs Park, Wodgate Way, Aylsham NR11 6UE.

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:

Aylsham FC Covid19 back to football Risk Assessment 24Sept20


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


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.”


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.

Aylsham FC announce new first team manager

Aylsham FC will have a new first team manager next season when their Anglian Combination campaign kicks off in August.

Lee Collier will take over the reigns from Brian Clark who has stepped down after two years at the helm.

Clark has guided the team close to promotion over the past two seasons and is stepping aside due to time commitments. He said: “I’ve loved being back in the dugout and I will still be involved with the club on the committee. I wish Lee all the best”.

Collier who has been involved with the club for many years will be promoted from his role as reserve team manager, a position he has had success with. He said: “I’m delighted to be given this new role at the club. I have enjoyed my time as reserve team manager where we have been able to bridge the gap between the reserve and first team. Many of our reserve team players have made the step up to the higher level. I can’t wait to get going with pre-season”

His new coaching team will be announced next week.

Applications are now being invited for the vacant reserve team manager position. Please contact Mick McCann 07777-661117 or Heidi Clark


Aylsham first team took their promotion challenge to the final few games of the season before narrowly missing out.

Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Match Report 10.03.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Newmarket Town U13 EJA, Stadium

Without a scheduled fixture locally, Aylsham FC U13 travelled further afield to take on Newmarket Town U13 of the Eastern Junior Alliance at their home, Stadium, in a friendly this afternoon (Sunday 10th March).

On a fantastic 3G surface with the clouds breaking and the sun emerging Newmarket kicked off proceedings and immediately looked to move the ball quickly. A nice ball from the right to the central midfielder gave the hosts a sight of goal but Bailey dealt with the shot easily. Three minutes in and a long ball from Newmarket saw their striker advance to the edge of the box but again Bailey was equal to it pulling off a diving save. The home side put in a dangerous corner that Ronnie did well to block with a combination of Freddy and Jaiden completing the clearance as Aylsham found themselves under pressure.

The visitors, resplendent in their new burgundy training kit, began to settle into the game and started to pass the ball around crisply and confidently. Freddy lifted a ball over to Alfie but, under pressure from a defender, he sent his shot wide. The game was much more even after Newmarket had the majority of the chances early on but Aylsham kept possession well and looked to play through the thirds. A shot from a home player from distance was well watched and dealt with comfortably by Bailey. Jack came on for Brad in the 19th minute taking his place on the right.

In the 21st minute Bailey judged a shot from distance well to save confidently. Two minutes later, after keeping their opponents at bay, Aylsham took the lead with a slick team move. Bailey played the ball out to Denver on the left who beat his man before finding Ronnie who squared it to Jude. With no outlet available Jude kept possession by passing it back to Bailey. The keeper’s clearance, this time to the right was laid back to Ollie by Adam, the centre-back playing a neat one-two with Jack to give him space to drive forward, before picking out Mitchy in the centre of midfield. Mitchy laid it back to Jaiden who looked up to play a searching ball forward that Freddy headed on towards Alfie. Alfie showed great strength to hold off his marker before playing a ball inside the Newmarket right back and Ronnie was onto it to hold off a challenge before showing great composure, side-footing home to finish off a devastating move that involved all 11 Aylsham players.

The visitors grew in confidence after scoring the opening in goal and were playing some exceptional football. They played out from the back with Ollie and Adam combining well before passing it into Jude who found Jack in a good position. A quick ball inside to Freddy created enough time and space to arrow a lovely through-ball, and only an excellent piece of defending prevented Alfie going through on goal. After winning a 50-50 Jack was brought down as he looked to evade his marker and Adam sent in a dangerous free-kick but a good defensive header just deflected the ball away as Ronnie looked to meet it on the volley. In the 27th minute Ronnie made way for Tyler.

Newmarket got in behind the Aylsham defence after a strong run and through-ball sent the striker down the left channel but Ollie took up a great position to clear the cross with Jack and Freddy combining to set the visitors forward with a break of their own as the game opened up. Moments later Jude and Adam worked their way out of a tight situation to find Alfie, who had made himself an option, and his ball through sent Tyler scampering forward but the home keeper just managed to get to the ball first as Tyler outpaced his marker.

With four minutes left of the first half a long ball from Newmarket’s defender set their striker away who advanced and struck a powerful rising shot that Bailey did well to beat down and claimed the rebound before the striker. Soon after Bailey was called into action again, kicking out a dangerous low cross with Jaiden on hand to complete the clearance. The home side were finishing the half strongly with a long ball forward sending their striker sprinting clear and he lifted the bail over Bailey on the run but the visitors breathed a sigh of relief as the effort rebounded back off the post and into the grateful hands of the Aylsham stopper. This being the last action of an entertaining half with the visitors taking a slender 1-0 lead into the break.

Aylsham kicked off the second period and moved the ball quickly and incisively from the restart. Newmarket put a nice move together and only a vital touch from Jack in the visitor’s box prevented the home winger getting in on goal. The opening exchanges were very even with both sides playing nice football. In the 42nd minute Aylsham doubled their lead after a good tackle by Denver on the halfway line forced a home player to play the ball back. Mitchy read the intentions of the defender and intercepted his pass and accelerated clear of his marker and drew the keeper before clipping the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. A minute later Mitchy went so close to adding a third from a great headed clearance by Ollie with Alfie controlling the bouncing ball well before lifting it into Mitchy’s path. Mitchy turned his marker and took a shot on the half volley that beat the keeper but unluckily rebounded back off the bar with Freddy being adjudged to be in an offside position as he looked to tuck away the rebound.

In the 44th minute Newmarket reduced the arrears with a close-range finish into the corner of the net. Two minutes later Aylsham restored their two goal cushion after Freddy controlled and turned in one movement before lifting a ball into Alfie’s path and he let it bounce once before hitting a dipping first-time volley into the net from outside the box. In the 49th minute the hosts scored their second from a direct free-kick to make it 3-2 to Aylsham. Ronnie came back into the action, giving Mitchy a breather. It was end to end stuff and Newmarket thought they’d scored an equaliser in the 52nd minute but the linesman has flagged for offside. A neat move by Aylsham started with a throw by Adam who had the ball returned to him by Denver. Adam passed it into Jude who chipped it into Jack on the right and his first-time ball inside sat up invitingly for Alfie who struck it perfectly but the keeper was equal to it, holding on well. Moments later Newmarket had a sight of goal but the ball rebounded back off the foot of the post from a low drive.

Aylsham made another change with 10 minutes to go with Brad replacing Alfie up front. Newmarket continued to prove dangerous from set-pieces and went close from a free-kick but their tall centre-back headed just wide. The home side fashioned an equaliser in the 66th minute after a cross from the right was met on the volley from close-range to make it 3-3. With three minutes left Mitchy came back on at left back for Tyler and moments later Alfie returned for Brad up front.

A long defensive clearance was headed forward by Adam where Jack flicked it inside to Freddy guiding it to Jude in space. Jude spotted Alfie’s fun and picked him out with a slide rule pass but a great block halted his progress. Jack anticipated the clearance and kept the move alive, squaring it to Alfie who moved it left to Ronnie but only a crucial last ditch sliding challenge prevented Ronnie from applying the finish. Freddy put in a deep corner that Adam bravely headed back across goal to where Denver was well positioned in the six yard box to nod the ball home to make it 4-3 to Aylsham with a minute of normal time remaining. Not to be outdone Newmarket equalised again in injury time after a neat one-two on the edge of the visitor’s box and a fine finish. The final whistle blew to signal the end of a pulsating game with both sides giving it their all, playing some exceptional football, and were an absolute credit to themselves and their respective clubs. Nothing separating the sides in the end after an entertaining 4-4 draw.