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.

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


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.


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.

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”


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:
* For more information on the silent auction, which ends at 5.30am on November 6, visit:
* To join the donor register visit:


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.”


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

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