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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:

  • 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:

Aylsham FC Covid19 back to football Risk Assessment 19July21final

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.

 

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