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Mark Wallinger’s latest work arrives in Aylsham

One World, a new work by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger, has arrived in Aylsham as a football!

The work was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and was inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football.

Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas. He has transformed it into a globe of the world using photography courtesy of NASA. He also takes inspiration from the celebrated image of earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on December 24 1968. Captured at the moment of earthrise, it is an image of enduring beauty, depicting a peaceful planet floating in the vastness of space. 

The Football Foundation, which has thousands of grant recipients across the country, selected Aylsham Community Sports which runs Youngs Park, home of Aylsham FC at random, to receive two of the balls. They will be on display at Youngs Park for a period before a decision is made about what to do with them.

Mark Wallinger said: “It is just over 100 years since the Armistice was agreed in 1918, and 50 years since the earthrise photograph was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. One World is my contribution to the legacy of those precious moments – spreading a message of peace for the world. Time to stop fighting and start playing; playing the beautiful game. Let’s take that image of a precious and fragile world into the future and celebrate the joy of playing together.”

Stephen French, Chairman of Aylsham Community Sports (Youngs Park), said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive two of these specially-commissioned footballs.

Youngs Park is open every weekend and anyone is welcome to come and see them”

WORDS COURTESY OF JUST REGIONAL

Mark braves crocs and hippos to celebrate wife’s kidney transplant

An Aylsham Football Club stalwart is tackling crocodile and hippo-infested African waters to raise money for a cause very close to his heart.

Architect Mark Camidge is white-water rafting along the Zambezi River in aid of Kidney Research UK after his wife Rachael underwent a successful kidney transplant in August.

Mark, whose firm Chaplin Farrant designed Aylsham FC’s Youngs Park home, is a former youth team coach for the under-sevens up to the under-13s, and is now an assistant coach and occasional player with the first team.

He is also organising an online silent auction for the cause with a raft of sporting and other lots, including a shirt signed by 18 of the Premier League-winning Manchester City team, use of an Audi A8 for 72 hours, and an England cricket shirt signed by Michael Vaughan.

And he is urging people to join the organ donor register to give others the same chance of life as Rachael has been granted.

The Camidges were asleep at their home in Banningham at 2.30am on Friday August 3 when Rachael got the life-saving phone call they had hardly dared dream of  – a donor kidney had become available if they could get to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by 5am.

Rachael was born with only one kidney and her health began to deteriorate after the birth of their son, Toby, in 2003. She had been in final-stage kidney failure for nearly three years and had been on home dialysis, four times daily, for almost all that time.

The couple, both 43, raced to the Cambridge hospital where, after extensive tests and an anxious wait for the results, the operation went ahead.

Rachael goes back to Addenbrooke’s for check-ups once a fortnight and, although still recovering from the major surgery, she is feeling much better, according to Mark.

“She’s been ill for about 14 years but she describes how she’s feeling now as if she’s ‘woken up again’. It’s lovely,” he said.

The three men are paying all their trip expenses so that every penny in sponsorship goes to the charity. Mark hopes to raise at least £7,500 with the feat.

They are rafting over 30km down the Zambezi, through Zambia and Zimbabwe, battling some of the biggest and fastest waters, with the highest concentration of grade five white-water rapids in the world. Each night they are camping on the riverside.

Mark said Rachael’s treatment and transplant would not have been possible without “amazing” NHS staff, the donor register and Kidney Research UK’s work.

“All of a sudden, the desire to raise money and get more donor-registered people is even more important to us, as it has saved Rachael’s life,” he added.

“We know already of over 40 people who have signed up off the back of Rachael’s story, and we are keen to encourage everyone to join. Just one person can potentially save up to seven others. What an amazing gift to be able to help someone live in the event of your death.”

* To sponsor Mark visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/zambezi-18
* For more information on the silent auction, which ends at 5.30am on November 6, visit: https://www.32auctions.com/zambezi-18
* To join the donor register visit:  www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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The Camidge Family

Small charge introduced for new season

As a club we have strong desire to move up the league structure for our mens and ladies first team and for our younger players to aspire to play for these teams.

Our ground at Youngs Park often attracts large crowds enforcing the community spirit in and around the football club.

Over the  last few years, we have become aware that a significant proportion of Anglian Combinations teams no longer charge their players subs in a drive to attract and retain good players. Some teams even pay players to play.

We feel now is the time to stop charging our first team mens players to ensure our club continues to drive forwards.

Clearly as a self funding club we need to replace this lost revenue. With this in mind, the committee I serve on has agreed to charge all adults £2 this season (children 17 and under free). This fee will include a raffle ticket and a match day programme.

For those of you that always bought a raffle ticket or two then you might even notice a saving!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our wonderful club, and as always if anybody has any queries about this, or any other aspect of the club then my door is always open.

Ian Potter

Aylsham FC Chairman

 

 

Ian Potter – Who has thanked supporters for continuing to support Aylsham FC during its rapid progression.

 

 

 

Young Norwich goalkeeper on hand at Youngs Park

Young Norwich City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough visited Youngs Park to help the under-12s celebrate a successful season, and to watch a new Aylsham FC goalkeeping group.

Oxborough, 20, who has recently celebrated a new contract with Norwich City tying him to the club until 2020, said: “I played my youth football for Hemsby Hornets, a time I will always remember. It’s great to see youngsters today here at Aylsham celebrating their season.

“I didn’t have facilities like these at Youngs Park when I was playing at this age so the boys and girls are very lucky.”

Reflecting on the coming season Oxborough said: “My plan is to get close to the first-team squad, play well in the under-23s, and maybe a loan spell somewhere will help me achieve this.”

And commenting on Angus Gunn, Norwich City’s first-choice goalkeeper last season, he added: “I have been at Norwich since I was 11 and Angus followed the same route as me. He gave me some technical advice and I hope to follow his path into the first team at Norwich”.

Also joining in the goalkeeping training session was Aylsham’s own Sam Blair. Sam, who is the goalkeeper for Norwich City under-16s, broke into the under-18 squad last season and played in the Hospital Cup win over their Ipswich Town counterparts.

Sam said: “Aylsham will always be my club and it was great to join in with all the young goalkeepers this evening. It is good to see that the club hold training sessions for goalkeepers. Big thanks to Aston for supporting them this evening.”

WORDS AND PICTURES – JUST REGIONAL

Aston Oxborough and Sam Blair with some of the Aylsham FC goalkeepers

Aston Oxborough passing on tips to six year old Erin-Rose Craynor.

Aston Oxborough with some of the players and coaches of Aylsham FC Under 12s.

 

 

Aylsham FC bags £2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Aylsham FC is delighted to announce it has bagged £2000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Aylsham FC has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Club chairman Ian Potter said: “Many thanks to all of the Aylsham folk who used their blue tokens to help our project.

“We have worked hard since Youngs Park opened to ensure that it is a safe environment for all of the young children who use it. Now thanks to this grant we can finally fence off the final part of the facility to keep our children safe from any traffic”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Ian Potter – who expressed his thanks to all who voted for the project.

 

Aylsham FC calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Aylsham FC is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Our football club is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We are looking to receive a grant to help towards fencing off the part of Youngs Park which is adjacent to the road. This is a big project and we are a pleased that we now have the chance to make it a reality and make the field a more enclosed and safer environment for children.

Ian Potter, chairman of Aylsham FC said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful to Tesco for this opportunity. We have achieved much since opening Youngs Park but desperately want to enclose the park to make it safer and more secure for our youngsters.”

Voting is open in the Tesco store throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

 

Mick claims long service award at FA dinner

The end of August saw Norfolk County FA recognise members of the community at the annual Volunteers Awards Evening, held at Sprowston Manor, one of which was Aylsham FC’s Mick McCann, who picked up a long-service award for services to local football.

The Volunteers Award Evenings celebrate the incredible contributions that clubs, leagues and individuals made to grassroots football in Norfolk during the 2016-17 season.

Previous years have seen the likes of Jake Humphrey, Graeme Le Saux and Bryan Gunn as special guest for the evening and this year it was Wimbledon and French Open Champion Alfie Hewett, with The Voice Kids star and local boy Perry Cooke for entertainment.

The evening saw coaches, referees, groundsmen, clubs, leagues and also community projects receiving the praise they deserve.

Mick started playing for Aylsham aged 15 in 1970. He then co-ran the reserve team with Roy Starling in 1973 and went on to manage the A team for many years before having another five years at the helm of the reserve team. Today he has the role of club secretary, a position he has held since 1998. He can also be seen as barman, cleaner and handyman at Youngs Park.

Mick said: “I am pleased to have been recognised in this way. The time has gone very quickly and although there have been ups and downs along the way I am proud of what Aylsham FC has become today.”

Club chairman, Ian Potter paid tribute to Mick, saying: “Our club is built on volunteers and Mick epitomises what our club philosophy is all about.

“Although we currently have a small band of volunteers we are looking to grow this over the next few months and hopefully we will be celebrating more people like Mick in years to come.”

Words via Just Aylsham.

Mick McCann (left) with his award alongside Michael Banham, Chairman of Norfolk County FA and wheelchair tennis star, Alfie Hewitt.

 

We are delighted to announce a £3000 grant to promote girls football

Aylsham FC is celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Aylsham, has paved the way for the club to enhance the girls’ football offering over the next three years, something that is top of the agenda at the club.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador Gareth said: “I am so pleased that Aylsham FC has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Norfolk FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by the FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme which awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially among under-represented groups.

There is £1,500 available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment.

Gus Bates, Aylsham FC youth football chairman, said: “I am extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for this grant. We strive to keep taking our club to the next level and this money will be used wisely to grow the girl’s game in the town and keep Aylsham FC at the forefront of sport in the area.

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2017/18 sponsorship opportunities released

We are grateful to all of our sponsors who support our club in various ways.

If there are any businesses or individuals who are keen to get involved you can view our latest opportunities here:

Help us achieve our goals

Aylsham FC was formed in 2008 and set out with one primary goal – “one club, one facility”.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many this dream became reality in 2015.  Youngs Park has now been successfully operating as a football centre and community facility for over 18 months, thanks to a dedicated bunch of volunteers.

The above has taken a huge effort, however as a football club committee we know the time is right to ignite our ambition by clarifying what we feel are the key priorities for AFC as we look into the future.  We have together created 6 Goals and 4 Critical Enablers which we would like to share today with you all.  Hopefully, what you will recognise is mostly familiar as the themes are more of a continuation around what are either doing or talking about.

Why do we need Goals?

-To define our ambition and direction of travel

-To provide us with a valuable framework to support decision-making

-They help everyone (club members and stakeholders) understand where we need to work together

Today is about sharing our high level goals. As it’s everyone’s club, what we would love is for you to start talking to us about how we get there and what you think we need to do next.  Most of the main committee members are aligned to either a goal or enabler to start thinking about the next steps.  We will publish the list of owners after our next meeting on June 12th, but for now feel free to talk to any of us.

Please get involved.

Ian, Heidi, Gus, Mick, Chris, Seb, Lee & Ricky