Ian Harte from Reading FC Presents AFC Henley Awards

 

On Wednesday night the town hall was packed out with players and parents from AFC Henley at their annual awards ceremony.

Trevor Howell Vice Chair of the Club opened the evening with a review of the year…

“We spent £16,000 on refurbishing the pitches at the Henley ground. Together with Henley YMCA, operating as the Henley Football Partnership, we were named Charter Community Club of the Year 2012 by the Oxfordshire FA. This was the second time in four years. We secured the backing of four sponsors during the year: Courtiers (Wealth Managers in Hart Street), Invesco Perpetual, Stuart Turner and Fix Auto. Fix Auto, whose MD Jamie Butler is helping to manage the U9s, is now our main kit sponsor and has committed to supporting us for the next 10 years, which is absolutely fantastic. I’d like publicly to thank Jamie and I’m sure you will want to show your appreciation as well. On the pitch AFC Henley is punching above its weight. With over 300 club members and a record 19 teams registered in the league for next year we are now the sixth largest club in the East Berks Youth Football League.”

Team Highlights

  • U9 Hurricanes team, in their first season of competitive football, have been promoted after topping Division C.  They also reached the quarter final of the cup
  • U10 Hurricanes team ended up winners of Division 3 and have been promoted
  • U11 Hurricanes played in the first Division and were runners up in the U11 Cup competition, losing 2-1 after a penalty award to the other side
  • U12s Hurricanes are also in Division 1 of their league
  • AFC Henley Kites U13s won the fair play award in their division
  • AFC U14 Stars reached the quarter finals of their cup competition
  • Last Saturday our U15s won their first ever 5-a-side tournament in Fleet

The prizes were presented by Ian Harte from Reading FC.  Ian has made over 500 club appearances in the English and Spanish leagues, scoring 85 goals including 15 of these at Reading, a phenomenal achievement for a left back!

The winners of the Club Awards were:

Top Scorer – Sam Hunter for 35 goals for U16s
Longest Serving Players – Oscar Wiseman, Tom Maskell and Hugh Barklem who all started when they were U9s
Team of the Year – U11 Hurricanes
Club Person – Matt Jones who does all the membership administration

and a full list of the Team Awards can be downloaded here

“AFC Henley is progressing well as a club. We try to do what is right for children and young adults, whatever their level. Our policy is to provide the highest level of coaching from the earliest age (age 4). By the time they are ready for league football at 8 years old, their basic skills are embedded and they just play good passing football. Which explains why our younger teams are holding their own so well in the league’s upper divisions and cup competitions. David Cameron talked about getting Olympic volunteers into grass-roots sport. Nice idea, DC, but what is really needed is access to the best available coaching and proper funding, so that everyone from 5 to 18 can enjoy the benefits. This would take sport in this country to a whole new level.” added Trevor