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GDFC News 11 April


  • League Info

  • Fixtures

  • Training & Kickaround

  • Thursday FootbALL

  • 40+ Is Back

  • GDFC Mag

  • We Are On The Radio

  • Watch Coach Chloe On Pointless

  • Social Sec Update Re: Pubs

  • Players of the Day




We have an 11s very experienced friendly against Hilltop WFC on the 11th (exact pitch location TBC, but it will be in North West London). Sign up will be opened up first to the very experienced 11s team, and then open up to the rest of the club if we don’t get enough players. Post will go up at 17:30 on Wednesday!


There will be a team from the Museum of London filming at training on Wednesday. This film is about communities in London and will be kept in the museum's archives. If you do not wish to be included in this film please let me (Club Sec Millie) know tomorrow so we can organise a ‘non-filmed bubble’.


Calthorpe Community Pitch

Size: 5-A-Side

Surface: Flat AstroTurf (no moulds)

Time: 8.15-9.30pm

Location: 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH

Our beautiful Thursday football home in Kings Cross has re-opened and we are kicking off the Thursday footballing calendar by trialing a monthly mixed ability GDFC 5-A-Side kickaround match. We are very excited about the introduction of this as we recognise that at a time when lockdown restrictions limit what we can do, football has a larger role to play in everyone's lives.

This 5-A-Side kickaround match will be free for all members & is a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful game, meet goals of all ability levels & practice your footballing skills within a calm environment.

The sign-up post for this kick-around match will be on Monday at 5.30pm.

The Thursday footballing calendar for April is as follows:

Please share our Non Members FootbALL link & our 40+ Football link with any friends, family or colleagues you think may be interested. We want to use these friendly sessions to put the ALL back into football by showing that the beautiful game is for everyone.


Goal Diggers 40+ is back on Thursday 29th April!

When? 29 Apr, 20:15 – 21:30

Where? Calthorpe Community Pitch, Calthorpe Project, 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH, UK

What? These are friendly football training sessions for players over the age of 40. £5 or pay what you can. Players can sign up here:

If you’re not over 40, you can still help! Please help us spread the word - sessions are monthly, so tell anyone you think might be interested in coming along.


We are reopening submissions for GDFC Mag issue 4!

The theme is 100 years, to mark the FA’s ban on women’s football a century ago. Submissions don’t need to be about the ban or football related. You are welcome to interpret the theme closely or stretch it to its limits.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 9th May.

If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to issue 4 as a writer, illustrator or in any other way, please email me at

We are looking for:


A longer-length piece (max 1750 words) related to the theme, however tenuously. Think football over time and the evolution of the game.

For example, this could be a profile piece on someone who inspires you or a select footballing history. It could be sharing footballing memories, a piece on football songs through the ages, or a look at what your local pitch was used for previously.


Creative writing, poetry, art, drawing, photography, cartoons.


Short form opinion pieces.


Cookery tips and recipe ideas. Do you have a new take on a recipe from the last 100 years? Would you like to challenge yourself to eat like it’s 1921 for a week and write about it? Do you have any favourite pre-match or post-football meals?


Fashion, health, fitness, football. Would you like to cover an intriguing local business, or a friend’s lockdown side project?


Do you have a GDFC crush? Tell them anonymously here. Please, keep it clean.


Do you have a problem for our agony aunts to solve? Are you a dab hand at offering advice? Let us know.


Reviews or recommendations (books, film, music, podcasts, online theatre, TV, activities, things to do - you name it).


GDFC Mag is written for and by the community. Everyone is welcome to contribute, regardless of experience. You can read our previous issues here:

Do you know anyone who would like to contribute? Please share this if so!


Listen to a lovely interview for Hackney Social Radio by May Robson featuring Julie Keylock & Founder Fleur: (tune in at 14 mins)

And then tune in at 27 mins to listen to the wonderful Gaby Pimentel speaking about her amazing Quaran-Tin workouts:


The one & only Coach Chloe was on Celeb Pointless (!) if you missed it then QUICK, have a watch:


We are very aware that pub gardens are re-opening their doors on Monday to tables of six. We as a club have taken the sad decision not to organise any post training pints, because our session is for over 6 people, but we understand that some members will be keen to socialise after training. What we would ask of our members is to please:

  1. Try and stick with goals who are in your training bubble

  2. Be aware of who you are going with - invite those outside of your usual friendship circle so everyone feels welcome

In the meantime we (Social Secs Ellen & Katherine) are working on exciting plans for socially responsible socials in May/ June. Any ideas please get in touch with us via the app.


Monday 5s Coach Dora and Raff Taylor

Wednesday Training Coach Josh and Carolina Martinez

Wednesday Training Coach Josh and Bryony McCabe

Wednesday Training Coach Ciara and Liz Ward

Sunday Very Experienced 11s Friendly Coach Josh and Rachel Mary

Sunday Very Experienced 11s Friendly Captain Amy and Dora Dixon


If you have anything you would like to feature in next week's newsletter, email by 12:00 Sunday.

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