Memorial Playing Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Team

This week, we received some good news from the Central & South Norfolk League, as we were named Barnes Print Club of the month for October!

October saw us unbeaten in four matches, including progressing into the third round of the Norfolk Junior Cup beating Hemsby on penalties. We will be presented with a certificate & match ball as a reward from the League at an upcoming fixture.

Recent Club Highlights

Lots to report on from around the clubs in the last few weeks.

Firstly massive congratulations to the Under 12s lions.

Manager Mike says: “For the past six years Hethersett Lions have been battling their way through the age groups, chasing the elusive victory they so deserve. Winning only two games in that time. 2019/2020 appears to be our year (so far).

Two games and two amazing victories( 7-3 and 2-0).

“The boys and girls who have always ended games with a smile regardless of the score are doing themselves proud.”

That’s great to hear. Elsewhere the under 7s played their first ever friendly, away to Old Catton.

David Powles said: “Brilliant effort from all 15 of the Under 7s in their first ever game versus Old Catton. Never gave up, always smiling and some great football. Very proud manager.”

The men’s Saturday team go from strength to strength.

A goal in each half send them 2nd in Division 1 on October 12, with a 2-0 away win at Norwich Medics. Dan Folkard put us ahead after some good individual work. Norwich Medics improved second half and we had to defend for large periods, but Adam Waters set up Andy Smith who finish well from a tight angle across the keeper to secure the three points.

Previous wins include 3-1 over second in the table Dereham Taverners, a 4-0 victory at home to Watton United Reserves and a hard fought 2-1 victory at Hockering in the League Cup. Top stuff!

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