About AFC Henley


Are you looking for top-quality football training and development for children and young adults in Henley and South Oxfordshire?
If so, you'll find it at AFC Henley, FA Charter Standard Club, provider of children's and youth football.


We offer:
The complete football experience for boys and girls as young as 4 and for all age groups up to 18, and, in partnership with Henley Town Football Club and Henley YMCA, onward progression to adult teams. Our close links with Reading FC also enable exceptional players to benefit from top-level coaching at Reading's Development Centre or Academy.

Our facilities include:
- Five pitches at our Reading Road Sports Ground at Jubilee Park.
- A full-sized pitch in the village of Harpsden
- Access to Henley YMCA's pitch in Lawson Road
- Access to the new RhinoTurf at Jubilee Park Henley for training
- Access to Henley Town's men's pitch in Mill Lane

Dog owners please note that dogs are not allowed in our Jubilee Park and Harpsden grounds on match days.

Our activities include:
- Saturday morning Mini-Soccer Centre for U5-U8
- Midweek Mini/Junior Soccer Centres
- Midweek Player Development centres (by invitation)
- Competitive league football for U9s-U18s
- Football for adults at Henley Town Football Club
- Football for adults with learning disabilities at Henley YMCA
- After School Clubs
- Holiday soccer camps
- Football parties

AFC Henley is affiliated to Oxfordshire Football Association (OFA) and is a founder member of The Henley Football Partnership (partners: Henley Town Football Club and Henley YMCA), voted OFA Charter Standard Community Club of the year in 2009 and 2012 and shortlisted in 2016.



HISTORY

AFC Henley was founded in 1974 as Henley Boys & Girls Football Club and is currently based at the sports ground at Jubilee Park, opposite Tesco, which is leased from Henley Town Council. We are an independent FA-affiliated, amateur, grass-roots club with our own management structure and financial controls. Surpluses are ploughed back into benefits for our c.400 members.

In 2018/19 we are fielding 19 teams in the East Berks Youth Football League. We run a thriving Mini-Soccer Centre on Saturday mornings for up to 90 children from age 3-8, Midweek Mini/Junior Soccer Centres and a number of Player Development Centres. We also run after-school clubs. Whilst mixed-sex football is standard, for those who wish to play girls-only football, we have feeder arrangements with clubs in Wargrave and Caversham.

Our priorities are to provide excellent coaching, to invest continuously in developing a good quality playing surface and to provide outstanding footballing opportunities for all ages and abilities through our close links with Reading Football Club.

We are an FA Charter Standard Club.

Recognition/Awards
In partnership with Henley Town Football Club and Henley YMCA we won Oxfordshire FA's Community Club of the year in 2009 and 2012 and were short-listed in 2016.

In 2003 our then Chairman, John Hooper (now Life President), received the Pinsent-Redgrave award for services to sport in the town. In 2004 he was honoured in Leichlingen, Henley’s twin town in Germany, for his contribution to sport in their community, and In 2010 he was awarded the Town Medal in Henley for his long-term commitment to AFC Henley. He is now the club's Life President and gives many hours of his time maintaining and mowing our Jubilee Park pitches. The current Chairman, Trevor Howell, was Oxfordshire Football Association's 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Child Protection
The Club abides by the 'Football Association Child Protection and Best Practice Guidelines' and implements the 'FA Respect Campaign'.

Coaches/Helpers
AFCH is staffed by volunteers, many having attended FA coaching courses to qualify at FA Levels 1 - 4. We are obliged under our Charter to have at least one FA-qualified coach per team with up-to-date First Aid and Child Safeguarding certificates. All volunteers who regularly supervise players must have police criminal record checks (CRC). The Club and its volunteers are also protected by the FA's public liability insurance policy.

European Links
We are corporate members of the Henley-Leichlingen and Henley & Falaise Twinning Associations. We established links with Leichlingen in Germany more than 30 years ago and exchanges take place every year.

AFC Henley in the Community
We run after-school clubs, holiday football camps and football parties under the umbrella of AFC Henley in the Community. We also allow local schools, colleges and charities to use our ground for sporting events and PE.

Financial Backing
We are grateful for the financial assistance we receive from the OFA, Henley Town Council and other local businesses. This has enabled us to renew club kit and equipment as needed. We are indebted to Invesco, Stuart Turner, D.Catlin (builder) and Henley Round Table for their generous contributions.

Facilities
Off the field, the club is working hard to improve the facilities for players, parents, supporters and community groups, including those with learning difficulties.

The club has a 25 year lease with Henley Town Council for its clubhouse and the grass pitches adjacent to Tesco. Other youth football teams, local schools and groups are able to use the pitches during the week. A new clubhouse and full-sized all-weather 3G pitch are to be built in the next two years, subject to final consent and designs. These will be situated on Jubilee Park itself, together with 70 parking spaces.

We also have a 15-year lease from The Harpsden Trust on a full-sized 11-a-side grass pitch in the village of Harpsden, just outside Henley, which is reserved for our older age groups. We recently completed an internal refurbishment of the small pavilion at the ground, providing changing rooms, toilets and a referee's room. The £51,000 cost was funded by the Football Foundation, South Oxfordshire District Council, Henley Town Council, the John Hodges Trust for Harpsden Hall, Invesco and Henley Lions.