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.
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:
Chairman Ian Potter is looking forward to the annual Aylsham FC tournament next weekend. Here is his welcome in advance of the event:
With 160 boys and girls teams registered to play in the Aylsham Youth Football Tournament, we are expecting over 4,500 people to visit Youngs Park next weekend (3-4 June). Positioned for many years as the “friendly tournament”, we pride ourselves on being hospitable and bringing everyone from the local community together to support what has become one of the largest events in this historic market town.
It is hard to believe that our club formally known as Aylsham Wanderers Youth ran their first tournament back in 1987 on Aylsham Recreation Ground with a handful of teams playing across a small number of age groups.
Creating legacy is a wonderful thing for any organisation and it’s especially pleasing to see that we continue to award the best Aylsham player on each day with the Hazel Newstead Memorial Trophy in memory of Hazel who was a founder treasurer of the Youth Football Club and sadly passed away in 1993. What’s even more astonishing is her son, Steve has been a volunteer referee in every tournament since the beginning, stating he only missed one from memory due to ill health.
In the last 15 years I have been involved, we have grown from 60 to 160 teams, increased our participation age range and always try to ensure we have a strong girls team presence each year. The number of local businesses and sponsors supporting this event has increased expedentially (thank you) and our profit margin has soared beyond belief. Every penny is ploughed back into local grass roots football and we pride ourselves in sharing some of our profit each year with a local not for profit organisation.
I am a very lucky chairman, with such a great group of passionate people running things. We hope everyone taking part as well as all visitors will enjoy this fabulous football tournament and join us again in 2018.
Ian Potter looking forward to the youth tournament 3-4th June