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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.

 

 

Under 6s big day out!

The under 6s had a day to remember on Sunday when they got to spend the day at Carrow Road.

The youngsters had a tour of the ground and got to see the dressing room laid out so they got a real taste of what it’s like to be a professional footballer.

Following the tour and some lunch, the boys and girls then formed a flag waving guard of honour as Norwich City Under 23s entered the pitch to take on their counterparts from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“The young boys and girls really did themselves proud” said coach David Craynor.

“They all took it in their stride and hopefully in a few years we will be coming back to see one of them playing for Norwich.

“I’d like to thank my fellow coaches – Jamie, James and Andy as well as all of the parents who came along to help and watch. We all had a great time.”

The under 6s are coming to the end of their first season with the club and already have three sponsors on board.

 

 

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.”

 

AFC Youth to become smoke free club

Aylsham Football Club is to become a smoke free site thanks to a tie up with a county wide project which discourages smoking outdoors.

The Norfolk Smokefree Sidelines project aims to get people to keep their cigarettes away from football clubs, both inside and outside.

The theory is that children and young people who see adults using tobacco think that smoking is more common than it actually is. In addition smoking in front of children and young people can make them think that it is normal, acceptable or OK to smoke.

There is also the well known documented issue with second hand smoke.

Smokefree Sidelines is a voluntary scheme and has come about as a result of a collaboration between Norfolk County FA, Active Norfolk, Smoke Free Norfolk, Healthy Norwich at Norwich CCG, Norfolk County Council Public Health and Broadland District Council.

Gus Bates, youth section chairman at Aylsham, said: “The youth sides practice hard and are well coached and looked after at Aylsham.

“But we also want to make sure these young boys and girls can play their football in the healthiest environment possible – so having no smoking on our sidelines during training and games

or indeed anywhere else on the site, has clear and obvious benefits.

“We’re really pleased to be part of this scheme and I know other clubs in the county are doing the same.

“I’d encourage as many clubs as possible to find out more from the team at Norfolk FA.”

Aylsham will be a Broadland District Champion of the Smokefree Sidelines project and will advertise the scheme at its games using promotional flags and branded tee shirts.

The Chair of NHS Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Children are influenced by what they see, they copy what adults do and young people are most at risk of becoming smokers themselves if they grow up in communities where smoking is the norm.

“The most effective way to prevent young people from becoming smokers is to encourage adult smokers to quit and to remove young people’s exposure to smoking.”

Words courtesy of Just Regional. 

FA praise AFC summer tournament

At the annual Aylsham Football Club summer tournament FA representatives were on hand to assess the event and to see that it was in line with FA guidelines.

The report the club has received makes for excellent reading with the FA official saying: “I thought the running of the event was brilliant all – club members were very welcoming to not just me but to all of the teams involved. I heard lots of positive chat about the tournament and didn’t see any issues while I was present.

“I can’t express enough how well run this was, so massive congratulations to Aylsham Football Club!”

Youth section chairman, Gus Bates,  was delighted with the feedback saying: “Many months of planning goes into this tournament by the committee along with all of the volunteers that come together in the days prior, during the weekend and the days after. Everyone deserves a huge pat on the back.”

 

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

 

Aylsham U6s Tournament Debut

Aylsham U6s took part in their first ever tournament this weekend at Sprowston.

For most of them this was a completely new experience but they all played brilliantly with some great performances and plenty of smiles!!

The boys are now looking forward to their next competition at their home tournament in Aylsham this weekend.

U6s First Tournament

Excitement brewing with 4500 people expected in Aylsham

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.

Best wishes

Ian

Ian Potter looking forward to the youth tournament 3-4th June