Brother and sister join forces to run football team

Just Regional
Jun 30, 2023 3 mins read

Aylsham FC Women’s seven-a-side team has a new management duo in the form of brother and sister team Ben Nichols and Alara Acar.
Ben grew up playing for Aylsham FC and has completed an honours degree at university in Physical Education and Sport.
Alara has been playing for the Women’s 7s team for two years and is very much looking forward to taking on this new role as assistant manager, with older brother Ben being manager.

SUPER SIBLINGS: Ben Nichols (centre) and Alara Acar (third from the right) with the Women’s 7s team.

The Women’s 7s new management introduced themselves to the younger girls’ teams players at the end of season presentation evening.
They are looking forward to working with the Women’s 7s team as well as the girls’ teams to help progress girls and women’s football even further forward at Aylsham FC.
Some of the Women’s 7s team are in the process of undertaking FA coaching and officiating badges to help with the girls’ teams.
Ben said he was delighted to be back at Aylsham FC as part of the coaching team and is excited about seeing how far the Women’s 7s can go next season.
He added: “The women are a friendly bunch who enjoy keeping fit and having fun and are great to work with.”
Club chairman Ian Potter, who used to coach Ben, said: “It is great to see Ben go full circle and come back to coach at his old club.
“The strength of the women’s and girls’ game at Aylsham FC is growing all the time, with our Women’s 11-a-side team winning the championship and gaining promotion for next season. We are now looking to develop both squads further to push on into next season.”
A free taster session with the Women’s seven-a-side team is being held on Sunday, July 2 (2-3pm) for girls and women aged 16 or over. For more information contact Ben on 07495 280263.


Aylsham FC is also planning free taster sessions for the under-9 team (school Years 2 and 3) to play five-a-side in the Norfolk Women’s and Girls’ Football League (NWGFL) next season and the under-12 team (Years 5 and 6), which will play in the nine-a-side league.
The sessions will take place on July 3 and 10 at Youngs Parks. The under-9s session will take place from 5-6pm and the under-12s from 6-7pm.
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