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20-Year Dream Given Go-Ahead By Council - 11 January

Ascot United Football Club is hoping its new artificial pitch will ‘provide a legacy for the whole community’.

The Windsor & Eton Express reports that on Wednesday councillors approved an application by the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division outfit to replace the playing surface at the club’s Racecourse Ground with an all-weather pitch. The new facilities will allow the club’s youth teams and adult sides to train on the pitch through the week as well as hosting competitive fixtures.

Club secretary Simon Negus told members of the Windsor Rural Development Management Panel: “We are one of the largest grassroots football clubs in the borough with over 900 registered players and 69 teams playing on a weekly basis. We want to use this facility to provide a legacy for the whole community going forward.”

The redevelopment will see the Yellamen joining the likes of Bracknell Town, and Slough Town from the National League South, in playing on an artificial pitch. Mr Negus added that the move would provide an opportunity for the facilities to be used for walking football and disability football.

Cllr Julian Sharpe (Con, Sunninghill & South Ascot) said: “I think this is a wonderful success story in the area and we should support Ascot United as much as we can. It’s a great resource for young people, and old people as well, who want to keep playing football for as long as they can.”

Chairman Mike Harrison told the Express after the meeting: “We have wanted to do this for 20 years but this is the first time we’ve been able to get everything right to get it done.”

The club is now awaiting confirmation from the Football Foundation that it will be the lead funder for the project and hopes to have the pitch installed by the start of next season.

 

Watch Ascot United For Free This Saturday - 9 January

Football fans will have the opportunity to pay as little or as much as they like to watch Ascot United’s league cup quarter final at The Racecourse this weekend. “The Yellamen” entertain Longlevens AFC in the last eight of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup (Saturday 12th January, 3pm) and the club hopes that the supporters from far and wide will flock to the ground to watch the in-form side. All spectators can watch the game for free or choose to make a donation on entry, the choice is theirs!

United have been in fine form this season and are currently top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, and this weekend their attentions shift to a cup competition they last won in 2013-14.

Director of Football Neil Richards said “This is all about saying thank you to our fans for their support so far this season, and we are also looking to welcome all supporters to our club this weekend in what is an exciting time for Ascot United Football Club.”

For newcomers, the address is Ascot United FC, Ascot Racecourse, Car Park 7&8 (off A330 Winkfield Road), Ascot, SL5 7LJ. A fully licensed bar will be open and there will be hot and cold food available. For more information, visit www.ascotunited.net.

 

Premier Division Team Of Month - 31 October

Ascot United were delighted receive their Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division team of the month award for September on Tuesday evening.

  League Chairman Bob Dalling Ascot United Director Doug Page team captain Louis Bouwers  

The award was made during the half time interval in their Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup match with Headington Amateurs. League Chairman Bob Dalling (centre) presented the award, with Club Director Doug Page (left) and team captain Louis Bouwers (right) accepting the plaque on behalf of the Yellamen, whose impressive run during September saw them surge to the top of the table.

Bouwers, himself the club’s player of the month for September, was rested for the league cup match which Ascot won 4-0.

 

Nathan Minhas joins Billericay Town - 14 October

Ascot United striker Nathan Minhas signs for Vanarama National League Billericay TownAscot United confirm that striker Nathan Minhas has signed for Vanarama National League South leaders Billericay Town on a two-year contract.

Following positive discussions between the two clubs over the last week, the Racecourse side are delighted to see Nathan take the opportunity to test himself at a higher level and he goes with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.

The agreement will see Nathan stay at Ascot United on loan for the remainder of this season. This is a condition that Nathan insisted upon himself, reflecting his commitment to the squad and the management team. He remains focused on the current season and is desperate to help the players maintain their current form as they sit top of the Hellenic League.

Jamie Tompkins, first team manager said “We are delighted to see Nathan sign for Billericay Town and we would like to congratulate him on a thoroughly deserved move after the number of fantastic performances he has displayed since joining the club back in July. Nathan’s transfer also demonstrates the commitment and passion of our management team for developing young players and allowing them the opportunity to grow and fulfil their potential. We would all like to thank Nathan for his contributions so far and he will go with everyone’s best wishes but for now, we look forward to seeing his continued progression alongside the squad throughout the season.”

The deal will also include a pre-season friendly between the two clubs to be played at Ascot United ahead of the 2019/20 season.

 

Ascot Appoint Ex-Pro To Bolster Coaching Team - 28 September

uhlsport hellenic league jamie ashdown premier league keeper wearimng uhlsport glovesAscot United are delighted that ex-professional goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has joined their coaching set-up at the Racecourse Ground.

In his professional career Jamie has played for Portsmouth, Reading, Ebbsfleet, Norwich, Leeds, Bournemouth and Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town and Oxford United. Jamie made over 100 appearances for Portsmouth, where he spent the majority of his professional career, but is also well-known at Reading FC where he came through the youth ranks before making 13 senior appearances.

Ashdown’s pedigree is impressive. During his tenure at Portsmouth he was selected in preference to seasoned internationals Shaka Hislop and David James, and went on to set a new club record of 636 minutes without conceding a goal between February and March 2011.

And, his presence at the club provides a unique opportunity for local talent of any age to work with a respected ex-professional, developing grassroots goalkeeping at Ascot United in a safe and positive environment. Jamie is especially focussed on delivering technical and physical training within a friendly environment which is synonymous with the Racecourse outfit.

For further information or to register an interest in age-specific goalkeeping sessions, please contact Neil Richards on neil.richards@ascotunited.net.

 

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