Horsford F.C. benefit as Simpson praises new FA scheme

England Under-19s Head Coach, Paul Simpson, believes funding from The FA’s Retain the Game scheme could help to secure the long-term future of Horsford F.C.

The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football, will enable Horsford F.C. to sustain their Veterans and Adult Sunday teams over the coming years.

Retain the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants of £750 to existing grassroots football clubs to boost their financial sustainability and allow them to continue offering playing opportunities in organised football.

Funding has been targeted at clubs that operate with two or more male teams aged under-17 and above, and either currently hold The FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award or commit to attaining the award within the next footballing season.

The strategy aims to encourage more clubs to strive for Adult Charter Standard, with research from The FA demonstrating increased levels of sustainability and player recruitment for teams with this award.

Paul Simpson, England Under-19s Head Coach, said: “It’s great to see The FA and the Football Foundation supporting participation in the adult male game at the community level.

“Affordability has often been identified as a key barrier, so this grant will ease the financial burden placed on clubs and allow them to concentrate on providing access to competitive football.

“It is very pleasing to see Horsford F.C. taking advantage of this pilot scheme and ensuring that they look forward to a bright future, providing regular opportunities for local people to enjoy the benefits of playing our national game.”

Money invested as part of Retain the Game will go towards covering core costs – including matchday and training facility hire – first aid training and new Nike kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

The new scheme has further bolstered The FA’s efforts to increase participation in grassroots football. Earlier this year, they also awarded grants of £1,500 as part of their Grow the Game programme, with particular emphasis placed on boosting the number of female and disabled grassroots football teams.

2018 Tournament Information

Our annual tournament will take place on Sunday 6th May 2018 at Horsford Village Hall.
Morning – Under 8’s, Under 10’s, Under 12’s, Under 13 Girls, Under 14’s and Under 15 Girls.
Afternooon – Under 7’s, Under 9’s, Under 11’s, Under 12 Girls, Under 13’s, and Under 15’s (Invitation only).
The cost of entry is £25 per team.

Select your age group below and fill out the entry form and complete payment. All applications must be made online, no postal entries will be accepted.





Confirmation of entry, directions, rules and a registration sheet will be emailed to you on us receiving this form and payment.

All age groups will be playing 5-a-side format. Squad size of 8.

On the day Commercial Photographers will be present to offer teams the opportunity to have their tournament team photograph taken. All applicants hereby give permission for photographs to be taken and used for advertising purposes if deemed necessary.

Any questions? – Contact us via email at tournament@horsfordfc.co.uk.

Our New Badge

Congratulations to Luke Girling from the Under 15’s for his winning design. The club committee loved Luke’s classy, yet simplistic design for the badge, and are thrilled with the outcome. Luke has received his prize of £100 voucher for Chapelfield, and the Under 15’s are in the process of choosing a team prize!

Ladies Football Update

Back in August we announced our plans to provide a provision for ladies football at Horsford FC. We have had a fantastic initial response, including a well attended open training session in October. As a club we have been working very hard behind the scenes to find coaches to lead the team going forward. The team is open to all and players are welcome to join.

We are now delighted to announce that we have two coaches that are coming on board, Aaron Briggs and Stevie Tennekoon to coach the ladies team. Aaron and Stevie are both Level 2 coaches, and have worked with a ladies team before and are excited by the club and looking forward to getting started. Contact details are below and will now be the main point of contact going forward.

Aaron Briggs – 07432530038 – aaroncoachesfootball@outlook.com
Stevie Tennekoon – 07875223833 – footballcoachstevie@outlook.com

We are in the process of booking Hellesdon High School’s 3G pitch for the team to train on until April on a Thursday night from 8pm until 9pm. There is a small charge of £2 to train, which will be payable to either Aaron or Stevie on the night. Training sessions will start on Thursday 18th January.

Before training, players will need to complete a club registration form here. This will allow us to ensure players are insured and added to the FA’s Player database.

Feel free to pass this information on to friends/family that are looking to get involved as well, the more, the better.

Horsford F.C. bags £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Horsford F.C. is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Horsford F.C. has been awarded £4,000.

Work will now begin on completing the project.

The mobile regeneration project at our base at Horsford Primary School has really taken shape over the summer. The facility now has 2 toilets, changing rooms, and a kitchen. We’ll now look to clad the outside of the building, as well as install benches in the changing rooms.

Chris Brown, Chairman of Horsford F.C., said: “We’re delighted to have received £4,000 from the Bags of Help scheme. A massive thank you to everyone that dropped a token in for us, to enable us to come first. In the coming months, the windows are set to be replaced, outside of the building cladded, and benches installed in the changing rooms.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

New name and badge!

On Tuesday 14th November, the club committee voted to change the name of our club from Horsford Youth FC to Horsford FC. The club feel that the new name will reflect the welcoming for all to be involved within the club. We now host boys and girls from the age of 4, all the way through to adults football (our oldest registered player is 57!).

As part of our renaming, we are hosting a competition for 18’s and under to design a new club badge.

Design us a new badge using the circle template, and win a Chapelfield voucher for £100. You can draw, or digitally design your entry. Once you’ve completed your entry, scan it and email it to chairman@horsfordfc.co.uk. 

Design Criteria:

Our club colours are Green, white and black. We’d also like the words Horsford Football Club included. Our old badge is below, to give you some ideas! Please don’t make objects too small or detailed, as the badge has to be put on our kits. The badge must fill the whole circle. Entries are open for anyone aged 18 and under until Tuesday 19th December, and we will announce our winner in January 2018.

You can download a copy of the PDF below to create your badge, or just send the image directly to us.

Men’s Sunday Team Announcement

We’re excited to announce that we now have an adult Sunday team! The team move from Horsford United where they currently play in the Norwich & District Sunday League Premier Division. The team play their home matches at Horsford Village Hall and are managed by Stuart Clark. The side are always on the look out for additions to the squad over the age of 16.

Welcome to Horsford Community Sports!

We are excited to say that we are fully up and running and as well as coaching and refereeing, we have some really exciting opportunities for our members in the near future.
The aim of our Youth Development Programme is to provide opportunities to develop in sports leadership, whether that be coaching, refereeing or both. We are passionate about developing the next generation of coaches and referees in Norfolk and will do everything we can to support everyone in becoming a success.

Bags of Help Grant

Horsford Youth FC are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Horsford Youth FC are one of the groups on the shortlist.

The mobile regeneration project at our base at Horsford Primary School has really taken shape over the summer. The facility will now provide two toilets, and a kitchen, as well as changing rooms for two teams.

Chris Brown, Chairman of Horsford Youth FC, said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected for the Bags of Help project. The much needed funds will help us make the finishing touches to the building, and hopefully allow us to install a new window looking onto the 9-a-side pitch. It should also allow us to redecorate the outside of the building.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Ladies Launch

We’re delighted announce the creation of a ladies team. After numerous discussions with Mum’s, Sisters, Aunties and more, we’ll be hosting some taster sessions in the next few months to try our best to build a ladies team. The opportunity is open to any female over the age of 16, and we’re asking for some details below so that we can arrange a time to get the sessions underway.

Community v Coaches Match 2017

In order to support our teams in the club further, we holding a fundraising match on Friday 15th September at Horsford Village Hall, giving the parents and family of players the chance to play against their coaches! We will also be taking a whole club photo, so we need support from all the players on the evening. Cost is £5 per player, there will be a BBQ and refreshments available at Horsford Social Club afterwards. If you are interested in getting involved, fill out your details below so we can get in touch.

PCVR Success

Horsford Youth F.C. are delighted to have received £500 in Norfolk FA grants which have been spent already in providing coaching courses to new coaches.

The Play Coach Volunteer Referee (PCVR) Club Support Fund is designed to provide support to clubs across three main areas. These include; football services such as affiliations, education, insurance and pitch hire at Norfolk FA facilities; Nike Kit, apparel and equipment through local distributor 4Sports; goals and grounds equipment through local manufacturer MH Goals.

After a staggering amount of interest and applications reaching the value of over £30,000, the Norfolk FA panel faced the tough task of filtering through each request and determining who would receive support and in what amount.

It can now be confirmed that over 40 clubs have been told of their success in being awarded grants varying between £75 and £500 with the grant distribution total reaching over £8,000.

Norfolk FA Chairman, Michael Banham said: “The PCVR Club Support Fund was devised as part of the new Play Coach Volunteer Referee Strategy and through it Norfolk FA has committed significant funds in an effort to support our local clubs.

“The interest in the scheme is evident to see and while it’s hard to have to decline some applications, it’s brilliant that many clubs across the County will be receiving much needed financial aid this season.”

Chief Executive, Gavin Lemmon said: “Through various surveys and research it’s been identified that finances are a barrier to success within the grassroots game and it’s fantastic that we have been able to provide even just a little bit of support to clubs that are in need.

“The sheer volume of applications we have received is a clear indication that this sort of support is very much valued by the Norfolk Football community and as such we will endeavour to provide further support moving forward.”

Harvey Newstead wins FA Community Award – Norfolk County FA’s Young Volunteer of the Year 2017

Our Horsford Community Sports Vice Chair, mentor and Horsford Youth FC Committee member Harvey Newstead, 15, was informed by letter from Norfolk County FA that he had been nominated and had won a FA Community Award in the category – Norfolk County FA’s Young Volunteer of the Year Award!
We are delighted as a Club that Harvey’s hard work and determination over the last few years has been recognised and we hope that he continues his great work into the next season and inspires other young leaders in the county to volunteer, referee or coach! Harvey has been volunteering for almost three years and reached over 1,500 voluntary hours last week. It all started for Harvey in 2013/14 when he completed his JFL course, he then went onto his first football futures camp in 2014 and started logging his hours in September 2014, and he had reached the milestone of 25 hours in February 2015. Through 2015 saw Harvey coach and referee. He was Chosen by Active Norfolk and Sports coach UK to attend a Norfolk Coaching Academy, after coaching a football team at school and coaching with the FA skills team. He also was refereeing the U7/U8 Development football games and officiated a charity game at Carrow Road and officiated cup finals. He then attended the Football Futures camp 2015 and had 150 hours completed!

During the 2015/16 season, Harvey qualified as referee and attended Football futures referee and coach specific training and joined the YRG and his local referees’ association. Harvey also helped organise the County 5ives at Thorpe and joined Horsford Youth FC committee and Horsford Community Sports mid-season.

In 2016 Harvey officiated in 6 cup finals, supported 4 JFL’s as a football futures ambassador, went St. Georges Park for the national CYC event and the RA Conference for a referee Development day and representing Norfolk FA. He also carried on is weekly coaching at school and with the FA skills team this lead to two weeks with the Norwich City CSF team in the summer! 1,000 Voluntary Hours which was Harvey’s target after 250, was also hit during August 2016 after attending his third Norfolk FA football futures camp!

Harvey was also informed that he had been Selected in Norfolk FA’S CORE Referee development programme for the 2016/2017 season, and he was watched by FIFA assistant Referee Lee Betts during the preseason! And, as part of his referee development he now supports on the Referees courses ran by Norfolk FA.

This season Harvey joined the Norfolk FA Youth Council, and gained roles in the NCYFL and YRG these roles see him help develop referees in the county and support many events run in the county. His refereeing also progressed as he took charge of prestigious academy matches including Norwich vs Tottenham, Cambridge, Ipswich and Arsenal with a referee team. Harvey also qualified as a Futsal referee and started to go back into his primary school to coach after school which he will be doing more of when his exams are over.

This season Harvey has refereed many premier league events and had a trip to Swindon for a weekend of premier league futsal. Harvey has also experienced the big time as a guest for Bobby Madely’s game at Crystal Palace in February. To add to this, Harvey has been in talks with people from abroad with interviews and writing blogs for Dutch Referee- Jan Ter Hamsel. He has also been in discussions and now has a link with Spanish Club Real Oviedo, which is the club Harvey is a shareholder at, about working over there with the academy and first team coaches.

Lastly this season Harvey finished on a high with two Norfolk FA County Cup semi-finals as assistant referee and also 12 cup finals as referee, assistant and 4th official which concluded his great season. All this has led to the nomination and award from Norfolk FA and Harvey now has a big summer in football ahead. As a volunteer in Norfolk Harvey has roles as a Norfolk FA Youth Council member, Norfolk FA YRG Vice Chairman, Norfolk FA CORE & Futsal Referee, NCYFL Referee Officer, volunteer coach, and of course Horsford Community Sports Vice chair, mentor and Horsford FC Committee member. Harvey also has the link to professional Spanish football club Real Oviedo.

Through his volunteering he has attended many National FA events and conferences, met some key role models, inspirations and has met other young people with the same passion as him. Only recently Harvey attended the FA diversity Conference and Eve of Final Rally 2017 and met some of the world’s top match officials and he will be at St George’s Park next weekend representing Norfolk FA at a National Youth Council event.

Harvey said “I was delighted to have received a letter from County FA informing me of the award I had won”. The young volunteer also went on to thank everyone in football who has supported him and his Mum and Dad for their continued support in his life and he is now looking forward to collecting his award in August. He ended by saying “I look forward to more work in football which I’ll be doing in the future. I have loved the last few years in my journey and I hope I can inspire the next generation of volunteers, referees and coaches” We would like to congratulate Harvey for all his efforts and hope the hard work continues!

Under 12 Kappa Cup Winners!

The Under 12’s beat Firside 1-0 in the Kappa Cup final held at the FDC in Bowthorpe on Sunday 14th May. A solitary goal from Will Ferguson saw Steve Vincent and Nick Gaskin’s team lift the cup!

Under 14’s are champions!

The Under 14’s are NCYFL Division 1 champions after beating Old Catton Pumas 7-1. They are currently on a 15 game winning run, and could make it a perfect season with a win in their final league match on the 7th May.

New Goals!

A massive thank you to all those that helped construct our new goals from MH Goals today. A big thanks to Danny Brown for his time and effort in building the storage cage. These goals were purchased with the grant we recently received from Horsford Parish Council.

Tournament 2017 Registration Open!

Entry to our 2017 Tournament is now open! Once again, we will be hosting the tournament at Horsford Village Hall & Recreation Ground on Monday 1st May. For the first time, we will be accepting registration and payment online through our website. Morning Session – U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U14 Girls. Afternoon Session – U7, U9, U11, U13, U11 Girls, U12 Girls

Aviva Community Fund

Horsford Youth Football Club is approaching the Aviva Community Fund with a proposal to make significant and long overdue refurbishments and upgrades to our existing building situated on the Horsford Primary School site.

The prefabricated building was provided by Horsford Junior School in 2003 following a large reconstruction project to the site. The resulting mobile classrooms became available for sale. The school donated one unit to HYFC for free creating a long lasting working relationship between the school and the club.

The building is now in need of significant repairs to bring it up to a safe standard. In addition to these repairs the club plans to refurbish the building, changing the layout to accommodate for an open space used for coaching and community activities.

In addition to the building upgrades, appropriate signage will be added to the village to provide directions to the site and on site to provide directions to our facilities.

You can give us any of your 10 available votes by clicking here and creating an Aviva account. 

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Mini Skills Soccer

We are now at capacity for Mini Skills Soccer on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in your child participating in Mini Skills or interested in helping, please contact Shaun Crowe (shauncrowehyfc@yahoo.com) for further information.

Fundraising Match 2016

In order to support our teams in the club further, we holding a fundraising match on Friday 9th September, giving the parents and family of players the chance to play against their coaches!
If your interested in getting involved, fill out your details below so we can get in touch.

Fundraising Match

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Referees Association Conference 2016

Andy Moncur, Tom Rampling, Harvey Newstead and Dario Mathewson; all members past and present of our Community Sports programme attended the annual Referees Association Conference, which took place over the weekend of 16th and 17th July. The event was organised by both the RA and the RAFA Youth Council.

On the Saturday they attended the practical side of the event. The events were ran by national tutors as well Premier League match officials, such as Lee Betts and Craig Pawson. The boys took videos of the session, which ranged from dealing with different scenarios as a fourth official, to dealing with mass confrontations, to movement on the pitch to aid your decision making.

On the Sunday there was a Presentation by David Elleray as well as revision of the Laws of the Game by Neale Barry. The boys were then split into teams and attended 3 different activities. The activities on offer were; Reading the Game, Communicating Decisions and Mental resilience. The activities again were led by FA tutors and Premier League match official’s such as Stephen Child, Lee Mason and Anthony Taylor. The boys also got the opportunity to speak to the Premier League officials after the sessions had taken place.

Overall the boys learnt lots and they’re looking forward to implementing the new information they’ve received into next season.

Battle of East Anglia Tournament

Well done to the Under 9 Tigers on their ‘Battle of East Anglia’ tournament victory on Saturday 9th July! They won the final on penalties against Ipswich Valley Rangers, after facing teams from Thetford, Bury St Edmunds, and Waveney.

Under 8’s at Rocklands

Congratulations to the Under 8’s on winning the Rocklands Youth FC Summer Tournament on Saturday 9th July . The boys had to learn a very different set of rules to what they were used to yesterday and put on some brilliant performances to make it to the final against Morley. A 2-0 win in the final saw them become champions. Well done to both Under 8’s teams that took part.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM took place on Tuesday 28th June and several changes have happened within the club. Our General Secretary; Alex Pond has stepped down after a fantastic 4 years of service, progressing the club forward fantastically. We thank Alex for all the hard work he has done for the club. He also has stepped down from coaching next season’s Under 16’s. Viv Clark will be the General Secretary going forward, supported by Chris Brown.

Treasurer; Dawn Matthews also has stepped down after a second stint in the role. We thank Dawn for helping the club during an important time. Shaun Crowe will take on the Treasurer’s role, also being involved with the new online payments system.

Colin Kiddell; our Child Welfare Officer is also stepping down after many years of service. Thanks to Colin we have been able to make sure all Club Volunteers are Criminal Records Checked, and looked after any welfare issues. Owen Chambers will be taking the role upon completion of The FA’s Child Welfare Officer course.

Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Communications have remain unchanged.

Dale Webster is also stepping down from the Under 16’s team. Dale has managed this team since they were 7 years old, but due to work commitments is unable to commit the time going forwards. We thank Dale for his incredible work over the last 10 years with this team, and his valuable coaching knowledge. For the 16-17 season; Doug Mace will manage the team on a match day, with weekly coaching coming from Jack Beck.

Our players are now welcome to register for this season online using our custom registration system. Parents are best to confirm with their teams manager, before proceeding. You must have the player that is being registered whilst completing the form, and information ready to complete payment of Direct Debit or one off payment.


Under 12’s at Wroxham

On Sunday 26th June the Under 12’s played at the Wroxham tournament. We started well winning our first game with a solo effort goal from our captain Jack Paternoster, he ran the length of the pitch with the ball after making a fantastic tackle on the edge of his own box, putting it past the keeper with an assured finish, to get some early points on the board. Only an excellent free kick from Buxton separated the teams in the second game. Horsford then held 2 good sides to draws, with some examples of amazing defending, losing to Old Catton in the last game gave us used enough points to make the semi final.

Facing Buxton again, this time a last minute free kick from our own Stanley Harrell took us into extra time and penalties, which we won with a great save from our stand in keeper Robbie.

The final required confidence and concentration from Horsford which came from our leader Jack Paternoster. Both teams cancelled each other out again going to penalties. This time both sides berried their 5, so it was sudden death, with another great save from Robbie and Logan Edwards putting the last one past the keeper, a well deserved victory was sealed.

Thanks to all who played, it was a real team effort and a great result.

Under 11 Girls at Costessey Sports

The Under 11 Girls headed to the annual Costessey Sports tournament on Sunday 19th June. They were looking to add to a fantastic first season, and follow up with a second tournament victory of the summer. The girls performed brilliantly and won the tournament! A massive thanks to Costessey Sports Club for a great tournament.