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GDFC News 16 March


Due to non-members and people on the waitlist showing up at training, we are implementing an official training protocol starting this Wednesday. If you are turned away from training by a member of the committee, please do not take it personally or hold it against them, they are just enforcing the training protocol and keeping the club true to its ethos.

  1. Training is for members only - if you turn up and you are not a member you will be turned away. You can, however, attend Thursday FootbALL sessions.

  2. We have 50 places at training and these are available on a first come first served basis. If you are on the waitlist and you turn up then you can only play if someone on the training register does not turn up. If there is a full turnout you can stay to help the coaches, go straight to the pub or leave.


At the moment, the government has decided to refrain from introducing social distancing policies. We therefore currently expect all training and scheduled matches to go ahead as planned. *Note: Due to the virus LaLaiga Sunday 5s/7s league is currently cancelled until further notice.

Please don’t sign-up for matches or training if you’re feeling unwell (even a bit sniffly). If you start feeling unwell after having signed up, please let us (Ciara Robinson/Polly Simpson/your team captain) know asap and don’t play.

More generally, please follow Public Health England guidance, which includes:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel

  • wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Whilst not included in the Public Health England guidance, it probably also makes sense to avoid shaking hands at the end of matches (maybe try an elbow bump?) and sharing water with your fellow goals.

We’re writing this based on the info available to us on the morning of Sunday 15th March. However, it is possible that the situation may change and training/fixtures could be suspended at short notice. Please keep checking the apps for updates (we will post these in the ‘news’ section), especially before you travel to a fixture.


Hiyaaa! This Wednesday you’ll be with Josh and Ciara. Sessions will be on defending in 1v1 and 2v2 situations, and dribbling. Ahead of training try and watch some games and look out for scenarios where defenders are forced to defend 1v1, and look out for where on the pitch players dribble the ball: remember there’s a difference between dribbling, and running with the ball.

Josh will be with you for 7s on Tuesday.


Please note: Team Matches has updated our protocol for the following:

  • Fixtures and Training post times

  • Tuesday 7s divisions

  • GDFC Friendlies

  • Keepers

  • Captains and Managers

  • Player drop outs

To find out what these are please head to the news section of the app or click here.


Islington 7s

GDFC Legends 0:2 Stoke Newington

GDFC Allstars 3:0 Club Local

GDFC Heroes 5:2 Islington

Super 5s

Goal Diggers FC 1: 5 Islington Reds

Clapham 11s

Goal Diggers FC 0:4 South London

Goal Diggers FC 5:1 Clapton FC



Goal Diggers FC v SCDM | Super 5s | 20:00

E9 5HW


Goal Diggers FC v MSA & Frenford | Super 5s | 19:00

E9 5HW

GDFC Legends v Seven Sisters | Islington 7s | Div 1 | 20:00

N19 4RS

GDFC Allstars v Islington Reds | Islington 7s | Div 2 | 20:00

N19 4RS

GDFC Heroes v Club Local | Islington 7s | Div 2 | 21:00

N19 4RS

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


Go(a)ld shirts are finally here. Gaia will be distributing them at training & at matches over the next week. Let Gaia know if you want them to give it someone else to give to you etc.

Remember you can still buy shorts, socks and other merch on the website.


Check out our recent players of the day.

Super 5s

Captain Laura HH and Amy Smith

Wednesday Training

Coach Josh and Olivia Birbeck

Coach Ciara and Rosa Schierenberg

Clapham 11s

Captain Rachel Nickolds and Katy Castle

Coach Ciara and Leah Kahn


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