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GDFC News 13 January

Welcome to GDFC's weekly newsletter!


Training this week will be with Ciara and Amy. We'll be building on what we worked on last week, with an in possession focus of turning, and an out of possession focus of delaying forward passes and runs. Ahead of Wednesday, have a look at some clips of players receiving the ball and turning in one movement - focus on where they are on the pitch when they do this. Also find some clips of how teams get back into their shape when they lose the ball, and who takes responsibility for putting pressure on the ball.

A couple more things to be aware of for training that will really help the coaches out:

  • If you see a familiar face, particularly if they're on their own, please go over and reintroduce yourself.

  • We should only take water bottles onto the pitch, and keep them in the bays where the goals often are.

  • Set the goals up for matches when we get on the pitch.

  • During matches, if a ball comes onto your pitch - please don't just smash it anywhere. either play it into a corner, put it in a goal, or give it to a coach.

Remember 7:30 arrival time and it's astros only on the training pitch.



GDFC Adv 11’s 1 : 3 Rising Ballers FC

GDFC Beg 11’s 4 : 1 Lush Lyfe FC

To sign up to any of the leagues, head to the store on the app to purchase membership. You will automatically be added to the group and be notified when new match posts go live.

For all information on league sign ups and process please check the league info document which can be found in the news section of the app.

If you have any questions please private message Leah Kahn via the chat function on the app or email


Goal Diggers FC Intermediate v Romance FC | Super5s | 20:00

Hackney, E9 5HW


Goal Diggers FC Beginners v Todo Cuidad FC | Super 5s | 19:00

Hackney, E9 5HW


Goal Diggers Heroes v East Finchley | Islington 7s | 19:00

Archway, N19 4RS


Goal Diggers Allstars v Islington Reds | Islington 7s| 20:00

Archway, N19 4RS


Goal Diggers Legends v Islington Ladies | Islington 7s | 21:00

Archway, N19 4RS


Goal Diggers FC Advance v Ladies EEA | FAWSL 11s | 13:30

Clapham, SW4 9AZ


Goal Diggers FC Beginners v tbc | Friendly 11s | 11:00

Clapham, SW4 9AZ


Goal Diggers FC Beginners v Hubbersfield Town United | La Liga 7aside | 15:15

Lambeth, SE1 7LE


Goal Diggers FC v Non Beleaguers | La Liga 5aside | 15:00

Southwark, SE1 7LE


Goal Diggers FC 2 v Our Team | La Liga 5aside | 15:00

Southwark, SE1 7LE


GDFC 3 v Ladies Super Liga FC | La Liga 5aside | 14:00

Southwark, SE1 7LE


NEW GO(A)LD KIT SHIRTS will be available very soon. If you don’t yet have a gold shirt please bring black shorts and socks to your games and I’ll make sure there’s a spare top for you. Any questions message me (Gaia Laidler) on the app.

PLEASE RETURN any GDFC bibs / balls / spare tops / medals (!) you may have collected over 2019. Please bring these back to training so we can all use!


There are still a handful of free tickets for Thursday’s event, ‘The Pride of the Lionesses’ with Carrie Dunn at The Book Club:

If you’d like to contribute to #DiggerDiaries (see Instagram for info), get in touch with Jess Keating via the app.


Pack your football and your sunnies...planning for the Goal Diggers 2020 tour has begun!

The two Tour Secs this year are....*drumroll*....Alex Rawn and Kate Allinson. Together they’ll be working hard to put together the summer tour of our dreams.

As voted on at the AGM, the tour will be abroad and capture the ‘One Team, One Dream’ ethos. This means a focus on inclusivity, affordability and fun in the sun for all GDFC members.

To kick things off, they'll be sending a short survey through the app tomorrow to work out the most popular dates and ask for location suggestions. So keep your eyes peeled!

Any questions in the meantime please email:


Check out our recent players of the day.

GDFC Training Players of the day

Coach Amy and Wenny Armstrong, Coach Ciara and Jess Keating

GDFC 11s Advanced Players of the day

Captain Kitty Burne and Emma Magnus, Coach Josh and Gabi Pimental

GDFC 11s Beginners Players of the day

Coach Amy and Siobhan Tarry, Captain Saga Eriksson and Sophie Scott, Fans Bella Borg, Liv Berbeck, Marsha Mijnhijmer and Millie Patterson




Islington Mind are launching a LGBTQ+ sports project that aims to reduce isolation and improve mental health and wellbeing through physical activity and sport.

The project – RainbowSports@Mind – promotes a lot of GDFC’s main principles, including de-gendering football and making the sport accessible for all abilities.

Islington Mind are looking to recruit volunteers who could host a weekly football session with their clients.


  • You must identify as LGBTQ+

  • You must be able to commit to volunteering for a year

  • Most volunteers will commit 1-2 hours per week

Coaching experience is NOT required but you should feel confident in facilitating a group within a safe mental health environment alongside another experienced volunteer.

Sessions will take place in Islington, and most likely on a Thursday, depending on volunteer-availability.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer or get involved as a participant, please contact Sigal Avni ( and Elizabeth Hughes ( at Islington Mind directly.

RainbowSports@Mind runs out of Outcome, which is Islington Mind's LGBTQ+ mental health provision. They run a weekly drop-in day centre out of North London for the LGBTQ+ community. For more info, please visit:


Great news! Thanks to our work campaigning for a change to the booking systems which prevent womxn and non binary people accessing pitch space - the GLL have launched a review into football pitch booking systems. Read about it here.


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

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