News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • Club Rewards for Appearance & Goal milestones

    Posted on Monday 29th June, 2020

    The Club are delighted to award the following players for reaching appearance and goal scoring milestones during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons:

    2018-19

    50 Appearances

    Luke Brown | Tom Hitchcock | Evan Mercer | Luke Pearson |

    Dylan Pinnock | Jonah Warren | Dylan Crawley | Jonny Henri |

    Jamie Rich | Thomas Small | James Wright | Thomas Barnard |

    Zack Montague | Liam Stevens | Barry Delf | Oliver Buxton |

    Jordan Hayward | Callum Lund | Jordan Rolf

    100 Appearances

    Adam Abu-Elmagd | Alex Smit | Liam Stevens |

    Ben Smith | Jack Gorman | Michael Green

    150 Appearances

    Craig Burrows | Ryan Hayward |

    John Hicks | Andrew Smith

    200 Appearances

    George Bunn | Ben Wright | Jamie Wright

    250 Appearances

    Josh Denny | Adam Waters

    A special mention to youth player James Wright, who during the 2018-19 season scored his 61st goal for the club, thus achieving the 50 goal milestone.

    2019-20

    50 Appearances

    Jake Tomkins | Zak Thompson | Freddie Smith | Levi Sands |

    Isaac Ford | Oliver Alberry | Dion Hill |

    Connor Brierly | Sam Hanner | Nathan Cotton

    150 Appearances

    Jacob Frazer

    250 Appearances

    Luke Gregory

    300 Appearances

    Matthew Lemmon | Matthew Pummell

    350 Appearances

    Oli Hudson-Church

    400 Appearances

    Nick Benfield

    450 Appearances

    James Rice

    The following players have this season reached a goal scoring milestone for the club –

    Dylan Pinnock & Ben Johnson have both reached the 50 goal mark, while Max Desira and James Wright have surpassed 100 goals.

    Congratulation to all players on reaching these landmarks.

  • Hethersett Athletic F.C. Score with Funding Success

    Posted on Monday 15th June, 2020

    There’s good news for Hethersett as Hethersett Athletic FC have been awarded a £5,000 Pitch Preparation Fund grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.

    The Pitch Preparation Fund was set up in support of the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Fund is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period.

    The funding will enable Hethersett Athletic FC, who have teams that play in the Norwich & District Sunday League, Central & South Norfolk League and Norfolk Combined Youth Football League, to prepare their football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.

    They can use their grant towards to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and routine preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.

    Clubs and other organisations are also being given access to the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community.  This is a free online resource the Foundation developed with The FA and the Grounds Management Association, containing advice and guidance.  Anyone in Hethersett can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.

    Neal Luther, Chairman of Hethersett Athletic FC, said: “This is a great initiate from the Football Foundation to help and support grassroots football clubs in maintaining and getting the football pitches ready for when we will be allowed to finally return to playing games.”

    Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help Hethersett Athletic FC get their pitches match-fit.

    “The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation exists to help provide quality infrastructure at the lower-levels of the game.  Pitch Preparation Fund grants like this one are giving a helping hand to clubs across the country to get their playing surfaces ready for when the game is allowed to begin again following government advice.”

    The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.

  • Covid-19 Update

    Posted on Monday 8th June, 2020

    Hethersett Athletic Football Club players will face a further wait before they can resume training following the latest guidance from the FA.

    The club’s executive has agreed that club training or matches cannot yet restart at either adult or junior level with the current restrictions as they are.

    The situation will be regularly reviewed and monitored and it is expected that further guidance will be issued by the Football Association within the next few weeks.

    The club’s AGM will be held online on Monday, July 13 to look at plans for next season and to make some decisions around match fees and season fees for 2020/21.

    Meanwhile, Norwich City centre back Timm Klose has sent his good wishes to the football club in a video message sent to the under 7s for their weekly back garden coaching sessions. 

    In it, he said: “I want to wish everyone all the best during this difficult period and say that I hope you are still playing football, because that’s the game we love.”

    To see the video in full join the Hethersett Athletic Football Club Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/506589343438796

  • Football Training Continues for HAFC Youngsters

    Posted on Sunday 3rd May, 2020

    Hethersett Athletic football club youngsters haven’t let lockdown get in the way of playing their favourite game – they’re carrying out weekly training sessions from the safety of their back gardens. 

    Every Saturday the under 7s, along with their parents and siblings, carry on with weekly football sessions thanks to the help of WhatsApp videos. 

    Coach David Powles, assisted by his sons Freddie and Alex, film their activities for each one hour session  then the rest of the squad follow suit.

    There have even been a host of special guests, with ex Norwich City players Darren Eadie, Iwan Roberts, Darren Huckerby and Jeremy Goss among those to film special messages of encouragement for the players to watch.

    David praised the players for continuing to play the sport under the current lockdown conditions, saying: “It’s been great fun doing this every week and seeing the videos of everyone getting involved, even younger brothers and sisters.

    “The squad have been brilliant for remaining keen and active during these tough times and, when normal training resumes, I can’t wait to see what skills they’ve learned in their back gardens.”

    David said that if other young players wanted to join in the sessions, they can do, simply email him at dpowlesy@yahoo.co.uk

  • Weekend Roundup

    Posted on Monday 13th January, 2020

    NEW YEAR UPDATE

    After the festive period Hethersett Athletic’s hundreds of footballers, young and old, have soon got back into the swing of things.

    In the adult game, the First Team couldn’t quite keep up their great form of late, but nevertheless left Watton with a point after a 1-1 draw in tough conditions against a physical opposition. Sam Hanner scored his 13th of the season with a powerful strike inside the box, but Watton equalised a minute before half time from a free header. We struggled to really get going in the second half, and also were down to 10 men for a while following a sin bin. Other results appeared to go our way, so could be a valuable point and the team stay in 3rd position.

    The Sunday teams, meanwhile, continue to fight hard but currently sit in 11th of Division One for the first-team and 8th of Division Two for the reserves.

    There has been lots of praise dished out for those taking part in the many junior teams representing the village. 

    Steve Irvine said: “My U9 Foxes continue to make great progress in there development fixtures also we finished top of our cup group and go through into the next round with a fixture to be announced soon.”

    John Bakewell added: “The under 10s had a fantastic training match yesterday at Easton. The 3g facilities there on a Saturday are unused in the morning and great value. The boys are showing some really fantastic improvement and are as enthusiastic about being together as the first day they ripened up. They are a delight to coach. We’ve welcomed two new players to our numbers in preparation for moving to 9v9, but also because we try to make sure we focus on providing football to as many youngsters as we can handle.”

    Since the last report the under 7s have also taken part in two friendly matches, showing great team spirit and determination. Coach David Powles said he was “really impressed’ with how all 22 members of the squad were progressing. If you wish to submit any reports please do so on the Hethersett Athletic FC facebook page or by emailing dpowlesy@yahoo.co.uk

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