News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • HAFC Covid Guidance Update – From 17th May 2021

    Posted on Thursday 1st July, 2021

    As you will all be aware Covid restrictions will be further eased from Monday May 17th. The FA has issued updated guidance on what this means for grassroots football. The changes relate to Spectators, Indoor hospitality and indoor football and Futsal. I have reviewed the updated guidance and summarised it below. It is very important to remember that we MUST all still adhere to social distancing rules, our sanitisation programme and test and trace isolation guidance.

    Spectators will now be permitted to view events on both public and private land but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits set at groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors. Please note that multiple numbers of these group sizes are permitted as long as social distancing rules are followed.

    Outdoor and indoor hospitality at ‘non-elite’ football is permitted. Basically if we do any hospitality you must ensure that you follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operatorsavailable on the Government’s website.

    For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. These will be managed by the venue should you take parent in any activities.

    The full update guidance and other useful Covid 19 information can be found on the FA website.


    Posted on Sunday 16th May, 2021

    After the lockdown enforced break Hethersett Athletic players of all ages have now returned to playing the sport they love. Players of all ages have resumed competitive matches and training, with many choosing to make up for the break during lockdown by extending their seasons into the summer. Memorial Park in particular has been abuzz with teams playing and training at the weekends and in the evenings. All are being asked to do so under strict guidelines, with limits on spectators, track and trace in place and regular cleaning of equipment. The majority of games being played are just friendlies, though some junior leagues are running special cup competitions.

    The Saturday team progressed into the 3rd round of the Norfolk Junior Cup, overcoming Thurlow Nunn Reserve League side Thetford Town Reserves on penalties. Hethersett created more chances during the 90 than the higher ranked opponents, but were unable to find the back of the net. The full time score was 0-0 and the match went straight to penalties, with Matt Pummell netting the winning penalty. A special mention to goalkeeper Harley Hamill, who saved two of Thetford’s spot kicks, to help see us into the next round.

    There was more County Cup success on Sunday, as our Sunday Men’s team progressed through to the next round of the Sunday Junior Cup, overcoming Moose Park Rangers 1-0. Sam Cooke grabbed the only goal of the game.

  • Club Statement Regarding Return To Football

    Posted on Wednesday 14th April, 2021

    With grassroots football matches and training underway again Hethersett Athletic players, parents/guardians and spectators are asked to familiarise themselves with the latest guidance both from the club and the FA:

    From Monday 29th March grassroots football, including training, friendlies and competitive matches could resume as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

    The original FA guidelines that we all worked to previously have been slightly updated. The key changes that affect HAFC are:

    • No spectators at training or games, although one parent/guardian per child is permitted, where clubs can safely accommodate this and the appropriate social distancing and guidance is adhered to.
    • Changing rooms cannot be used. Toilets will be allowed to be open. As a club we will use the same toilet protocol as previously in force. i.e key with a coach and unlocked when required and then relocked.

    Other key points include:

    • Two metres apart when not training/playing
    • Sanitise equipment before and after use
    • Do not travel cars in groups outside your household group

    An updated version of our Covid-19 policy can be found within the downloads menu, and further details of the latest guidance can be found HERE on The FA website

  • Hethersett Football Club: Community Volunteers Needed

    Posted on Thursday 1st April, 2021

    Hethersett Athletic Football Club provides football for more than 300 people ranging from six-years-old to adults. The club is looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers in the following areas to help the club move forward and achieve its long-term goals:

    Club Secretary

    The main purpose of this job is that of principal administrator for the club. The Club Secretary carries out or delegates all the administrative duties that enable the club and its members to function effectively.

    The Secretary works closely with the club’s committee to discuss important issues with the aim of taking the club forward in a positive manner

    The Club Secretary is a pivotal role within the club, with a close involvement in the general running of the club. The secretary provides the main point of contact for people within and outside the club on just about every aspect of the club’s activities.

    Tasks will include:

    • Liaising with and guiding individual club officials around matters such as membership, league affiliation, pitch hire etc
    • Affiliating the club to the County FA
    • Affiliating the club to the league(s)
    • Dealing with correspondence
    • Organising the club AGM and other club meetings
    • Representing the club at outside meetings at the direction of the Club Committee

    Membership Secretary

    • Ideally someone with a membership management background or a good communicator happy to liaise across the Club between its volunteers and the 300-plus members (or their parents / guardians).
    • This is a new role and time commitment needed is not quite known yet but the intent is to take away some responsibilities from team managers so they can concentrate on footballing activities.
    • This role may suit someone happy to help it take shape.
    • Responsibilities are expected to include: – Lead on membership matters and own any membership policies at the Club; Processing of all volunteer and player applications ;Maintain the Club’s membership register and monitor all fees due and paid Liaise with team managers, members / parents on all membership issues; Attend committee meetings and report on membership matters


    We would also be interested in talking to volunteers willing to help the club with short, medium and long-term projects to develop and improve sustainability of the Club and it’s future facilities.

    Anyone interested in discussing the above opportunities should contact Wayne Johnson, the Club Secretary Following interview the Club will need to conduct a criminal records check on all successful applicants.

  • October 3rd/4th Roundup

    Posted on Thursday 18th February, 2021

    The Saturday team were disappointed to leave Brandon with no points, after being beaten 4-2 for the third time in the league this season. Hethersett were the better side for large spells during the match, but a combination of mistakes and failing to take chances contributed to the defeat. Matt Watts and Nick Benfield scored the Hethersett goals.

    The Sunday team quickly put their heavy opening day defeat at Long Stratton behind them, by beating Earsham in an entertaining 5-3 win. A brace from Issac Catchpole and further goals from Samuel Cooke, Luke Gregory and Ben Wright secured the three points.

    Elsewhere, the various junior teams continue to get back to normal following the long covid-related break from football.

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