News from Hethersett Athletic FC

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    Posted on Saturday 10th October, 2020

    Football is slowly beginning to return to normal and the Saturday team picked up their first win of the season after last weekend’s disappointing opening defeat, securing a 2-0 home victory against Briston Reserves. A free kick goal in either half, combined with a clean sheet at the other end secured the three points. Oli Hudson-Church netted the opener drilling in a free kick from a tight angle, while Aadam Waters doubled the lead in the second half with a brilliant curled free kick from 25 yards.

    In other good news the club, in conjunction with the Football Foundation Goalpost Grant, have managed to secure 75% funding towards the cost of a new set of 7v7 goalposts. This means that the Club will receive a £455 refund from the Football Foundation on the cost of these items. Over the last two seasons that means the club has benefitted from over £6,700.00 from grants and something we will continue to pursue to keep costs downs whilst trying to provide football to the Hethersett and surrounding areas.

    There will be 2 x 1 hour taster sessions for under 6s football on 27th Sept and 4th Oct. These will be from 10am to 11am on the field at the back of Hethersett primary school. If your child wishes to attend please could you email nickappleton23@gmail.com and he will then send the forms that need to be completed.

    Finally, if you have any Hethersett Athletic related news or match reports you wish to share please email details to dpowlesy@yahoo.co.uk or post it on the Hethersett Athletic Football Club Facebook group.

  • Memorial Playing Field

    Posted on Wednesday 16th September, 2020

    Hethersett Football Club players and supporters are being urged to have their say on plans to replace the pavilion at the Memorial Playing Field (MPF).

    Hethersett Parish Council has launched a consultation to build the following;

    • a meeting/recreation room, which can be hired out separately, with an adjacent kitchen
    • up to date changing rooms, which can be safely used by all ages and genders using the MPF
    • external facilities including toilets, covered seating and a water fountain storage, both internal and external

    The council has got as far as having plans drawn up, but before they go any further, would like to learn your views.

    To see the plans and have your say visit https://www.hmpf.co.uk/

  • Competitive Football Makes a Return

    Posted on Sunday 30th August, 2020

    Players for Hethersett Athletic Football Club have returned to competitive action after several months in which football wasn’t possible due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Although some individual teams are still waiting to hear when their respective leagues will kick off, the majority have resumed training and friendlies during the summer months.

    In order for that to happen, coaches, players, parents and supporters have had to follow strict social distancing rules, while equipment cleaning regimes have also been put in place.

    These measures are likely to remain in place for some time and the club would like to thank everyone for their continued support and for adhering to the guidelines.

    The club would also like to take the opportunity to thank the many organisations and businesses who support teams through sponsorship, without which equipment and new kit simply could not be purchased.

    Current club sponsors include Heritage Wills, Wymondham Tyre Services, Haste’s Kitchen, Cozens Hardy Solicitors, Morgan Sindall, EMC LTD, Hethersett Butchers and Park Farm Hotel.

    Pictured are some of the under 8 players with their new kits purchased thanks to the sponsorship of Heritage Wills.

    We would also like to thank Hussey Knights printing firm for their work on the club’s Covid-19 signs, which they completed for free. If you want more information regarding the latest Covid guidelines either speak to your club official or visit the FA.com website.

  • 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.

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