News from Hethersett Athletic FC

  • 2021-22 Season Begins

    Posted on Tuesday 26th October, 2021

    Hundreds of Hethersett footballers returned to the sport they love earlier this month as the season properly got underway. After a covid affected 2020/21, it was a case of normal service resumes as Memorial Park was a buzz of activity. Players of all ages, children and adults, played at the weekend, meanwhile those attending on Sunday were treated to a new tea, coffee and cake stall, which aims to raise funds for the new park community centre. Sunday also saw the first taster session of the new under 6s side with some 28 boys and girls taking part. Meanwhile, our photos below show the under 7 Panthers, playing their first league game, and under 11 Foxes.

    Elsewhere, our men’s Saturday team have recently been in the news, with a warning they need more players or they may need to fold. Anyone interested in joining the Central and South Norfolk League Division One side can contact Michael Lemmon on 0748 489 5176 or email michael.lemmon234@btinternet.com.

    Great to have everyone back!

  • U16s End Their Youth Football Journey & We Have A New Appearance Record Holder

    Posted on Wednesday 29th September, 2021

    After 10 seasons together the current Hethersett Under 16s played their final game at on 16th May, a 2-2 draw with Mulbarton Under 18s

    Coach Russell Attfield said: “ We started 10 years ago and still have many of the original players as part of the team. “The team made it to the Premier League in their final season – so really went out in style. “I just want to wish all the players the very best for the future and thank them, parents and sponsors who all helped to make the team a success.”

    There was a bonus for the team though as they were elevated to the final of the U16s 4Sports Trophy, but narrowly missed out on victory, with Thopre St Andrew taking the honours with a 1-0 win.

    The football club can also confirm that Richard Manington has surpassed James Rice as our record appearance holder, which was confirmed on 5th May against Horsford Utd Res. Ritchie has now made 459 appearances taking him past James Rice’s previous total of 457. Ritchie was presented with a gift by Chairman Neal Luther and Saturday Team manager Michael Lemmon. Thanks to former club Chairman Peter Steward for providing the photos.

  • 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.

  • FOOTBALL RETURNS!

    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

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