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Your support is invaluable

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.

Please email chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk as soon as possible and we will arrange it.

Thank you.

-Aylsham FC Executive Committee

 

Social media boycott – Weekend of Action

Alongside the Premier League and EFL, The FA are asking clubs across the Women’s football pyramid, National Football League and grassroots game to join the ‘social media switch off’ over the weekend of 30 April – 3 May 2021. Recognising a unified approach will deliver much greater impact and reinforce the collective fight against discrimination in all its forms.

Aylsham FC will stand together with English football by turning off all social media channels during this period and redirect club members, players and parents to other club and FA platforms.

 

AFC Covid-19 Guidance

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:

  • No spectators are allowed at Youngs Park at this point of the government road map.
  • On entry to the playing field all coaches and players must sanitise at the designated station.
  • Only one parent or guardian per player will be permitted entry for safeguarding purposes.
  • 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 adhere 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:

  • Only one parent or guardian per player will be permitted entry.
  • Goal celebrations should be avoided.
  • Handshaking, high-fives, or group goal celebrations will not be permitted.
  • 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 can be viewed below. This is to be circulated to all visiting teams:

ACSLtd Youngs Park Covid19 Risk Assessment 12April21final

Youth football to return with credit towards next season

As a community club, we are acutely aware of how difficult the last few months have been for many families.

We are all committed to getting back to football safely from the 29th March and to focus on our young players so they can have some “football fun” over the coming weeks.  Whether it be training, friendlies, round robin(s) or small events, we will do our best to get everyone playing football – subject to Government and FA advice.

You may be aware that the NYCL have already made the decision to void all leagues and have intimated they are planning to continue some cup competitions.  We are waiting for the NW&GL to confirm their intentions.

In recognition of the unique circumstances of this season, we have decided to automatically credit every youth player (who has paid their fees in full) with £35 towards next season’s overall payment**.  This represents just over 40% of the training fees. If you feel you are able to donate all or part of this credit to the club funds, we would be extremely grateful.  Please email chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk for us to remove your planned credit by 31st May (ideally ASAP).

As a volunteer organisation, it is worth highlighting our costs have remained broadly similar for the season, with the majority of our income historically coming from player fees, summer tournaments and the generosity of the local business sponsors and advertisers.

We hope to see you at Youngs Park very soon.

-Aylsham FC Executive Committee

** Note: For the current under 16 players, we hope you will continue into U18 or adult football. This credit will automatically apply to your future fees.  If you decide to stop playing football, your fee can be refunded on request via chairman@aylshamfc.co.uk

 

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

 

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.

 

Aylsham U13s Clinch Premiership Title

Aylsham U13s Clinch Premiership Title

Match Report 20.01.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Dereham Town Blacks U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 hosted Dereham Town Blacks U13 at Youngs Park in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U13 Premiership this morning (Sunday 20th January) with the hosts knowing a victory would make it back-to-back Premiership titles.

Aylsham kicked off proceedings and within 10 seconds found themselves behind after a block and powerful shot from a Dereham player found the back of the net. From the restart the following few minutes were very even with both sides struggling to maintain possession in blustery and cold conditions. In the 10th minute neat interplay between Freddy and Jack gave Alfie a chance to burst down the right, his cross just taken off Brad’s toes by the Dereham keeper who had come smartly off his line. After taking a while to get going Aylsham were putting some nice moves together and playing through the lines with Jack, Freddy, Josh and Adam working well to move the ball quickly to give Alfie a sight of goal but his shot flew narrowly wide.

In the 24th minute Brad worked hard and stayed strong to win possession on the edge of the Dereham area, laying it off to Jude, but his shot went just over the bar. The visitors were dangerous when breaking forward and the Aylsham defence had to stay well organised and resolute to limit the opportunities. In the 30th minute Josh took a knock, bringing Jaiden into the action in the centre of midfield. Moments later Denver sent a long ball forward that looked to set Alfie clear, but while he showed great determination to take the ball forward, a fantastic piece of defending cleared the danger just as Alfie was about to shoot. From Freddy’s corner, Denver got to it first but directed his header just wide.

In the 33rd minute Aylsham got themselves an equaliser as the first half drew to a close. Jack showed his man down the line where Adam intercepted, sending the ball forward. Alfie pressed high to force a misplaced pass and slid the loose ball home from just outside the area. The last action before the break was from a Dereham free-kick but Bailey can our to claim it comfortably, the teams going into half-time level at 1-1.

Dereham kicked off the second half with Aylsham making two changes: Jack making way for Ronnie and Denver being replaced by Tyler. The home side won a free-kick down their right which was swung in by Mitchy, initially headed away, but Brad chased the ball down to cross back into the danger area. The centre was only cleared as far as Adam who controlled it on his chest before sending a dipping volley goalwards that the visiting keeper saved confidently. Four minutes after the restart Dereham won a corner but a visiting defender headed just wide.

In the 40th minute, Aylsham took the lead with a well worked goal. Ronnie and Jude exchanged passes in the centre of midfield with the ball being moved to Freddy in a great position on the right. Freddy took a touch to steady himself before sending in a pinpoint cross onto the head of Alfie at the back post who powered it home. Four minutes later Ronnie burst through, beating his marker, but lifted his shot just too high. In the 48th minute Dereham had a good chance from a deep cross but the striker couldn’t quite convert on the volley with Bailey gathering comfortably. From Bailey’s long drop-kick Aylsham won a corner after a back pass bobbled just in front of the visiting keeper and went inches wide of the post. Freddy sent in a great centre where Jude had escaped his marker to head the ball powerfully into the net to give the home side a two goal cushion.

In the 54th minute Aylsham scored their fourth goal after Jude was first to a clearance to help it forward. Alfie held off his marker to play the ball in to space for Ronnie to chase and he played a low cross in from the right that was only cleared as far as Alfie who volleyed it into the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick. Josh came back on to give Brad a breather as Aylsham looked to see the game out. Within a minute Alfie had another chance after accelerating down the left but a fine diving save kept his shot out.

The home side were having the best of things at this stage but Dereham got themselves back into the game scoring their second goal in the 58th minute after Aylsham failed to clear a corner, the ball dropping to a visiting player on the edge of the area who moved it from his right foot to his left before drilling a shot into the bottom corner of the net. It wasn’t long before the hosts were on the offensive again, Jude trying his luck from distance that the keeper gathered well.

With three minutes left Jaiden, Jude and Alfie combined well to give Ronnie a chance to shoot, but his effort flew just wide. Aylsham kept the ball in the Dereham half as the game drew to a close, the whistle blowing to start the celebrations as Aylsham took the three points after a 4-2 victory that retained the Premiership title, a well deserved and fantastic achievement for the team with two fixtures remaining