Emphasis on Youth
Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be running 13
teams in the coming season covering all ages from Under-7s to adult, the
annual meeting heard.
Over the past year the club has been increasing its
emphasis on the youth side of football, introducing the game to youngsters as
young as five and this will be reflected in the club running youth sides at
under-7, under-9, under-11, under-12, under-13, under-14, under-15, under-16
and a new under-19 level. In addition it will continue to run two Sunday
men’s teams, a Saturday men’s side and a ladies team.
“Over the past season we have put a considerable
emphasis on the youth side of our club. Coaches have worked with Norfolk FA to
encourage youngsters to enjoy football at a very early age. Many of our youth
team players go through all the age groups, which means they could be staying
with the club for well over a decade. This is good for the club, good for them
and good for grass roots football,” said club chairman Peter Steward.
The meeting heard that the club’s Under-12s and
Under-16s finished as champions of their sections of the Norfolk Youth
Combination and the Under-13s won their league’s fairplay award for the
third consecutive season. The prestigious Lee Thompson Memorial Shield for
outstanding contribution to the club went to Under-16s manager Michael Lemmon.
The club continued to foster its links with the community
by supporting numerous village events, holding a major ladies five-a-side
tournament as part of the Hethersett Open Weekend and organising a village
Officers elected were: Chair, Peter Steward; Vice-Chair, Kevin Swann; Secretary, Mel Perkins; Assistant Secretary, Eve Buhler; Treasurer, Tim Hudson; Welfare Officer, Sue Buffin; Assistant Welfare Officer, Wayne Johnson; Sponsorship/Grants Officer, Ian Fieldhouse; Football Development Officer, Wayne Johnson; Club Development Officer, Steve Raven; Women’s and Girls’ Development Officer, Kevin Swann; Promotions and Marketing Officer, Peter Steward; Facilities and Equipment Officer, Neal Luther; Schools’ Liaison Officer, Steve Walker; Events Co-Ordinator, Steve Raven; Volunteers’ Co-Ordinator, Wayne Johnson; Referees’ Co-Ordinator, Neal Luther; Club Physio, Colin McDermott.