GDFC News 24 February
CALLING ALL KEEPERS
Tottenham goalkeeper Chloe Morgan will be BACK this Wednesday to train our keepers. Wow.
TRAINING GROUP NAME CHANGE
Now that we’ve entered a new stage at Goal Diggers FC - where, as voted on at the AGM, we are shifting the focus from a growth in member numbers to a growth in everyone’s footballing ability - it means a change in the way we approach training and matches.
We have a real chance to grow the quality of everyone’s football. One of the ways we can do this is by ensuring our members are training in the correct ability level groups and playing in the correct ability level leagues. This will help us to focus on the best way to improve each individual - whilst also working on the continuity of those of the same footballing level.
For those who see themselves as part of the development branch of GDFC. Essentially anyone who feels like they are either new to football or are of an intermediate standard and are most comfortable when playing non ability based teams. Now that we are membership only - no-one is a complete beginner - exciting times.
For those who see themselves as advanced footballers - comfortable to take on experienced, ability level teams. Essentially anyone who has played high ability level football in the past, has been playing a high level of football with Goal Diggers (e.g. Adv 11s, 7s or 5s) or someone who enjoys the challenge of high level footie.
If you are unsure which training group will be best for your footballing growth please email email@example.com.
We are looking for advanced / intermediate players to join a voluntary managers group to help manage and support with the Tuesday/Thursday beginners Super5s games and Sunday beginners 7/5aside LaLiga games. If you are keen, please let Ciara Robinson know via the chat function on the app.
Goal Diggers FC v Fuego | Super 5s | 8pm
GDFC Legends v Islington 16s | Islington 7s | 7pm
GDFC Heroes v East Finchley | Islington 7s | 9pm
Goal Diggers FC v Clapton | Super 5s | 7pm
Goal Diggers FC v AFC Phoenix | CWSFL | 11am
Goal Diggers Football v Homophobia DERBY | 1pm
GDFC Heroes v Canaries | LaLiga 7s | 2pm
GDFC Legends v Ladies Super Liga FC & Our Team | LaLiga 7s | 2.45pm & 16.15pm
GDFC All Stars v Non Beleaguers | LaLiga 7s | 3.30 pm
GDFC v Lush Lyfe & New London 5s | LaLiga 5s | 2pm & 3pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday FootbALL is all about introducing people to the beautiful game and showing them that football is for everyone. So if you bring a friend to Thursday footbALL you will be allowed to attend the session FREE of charge. Sign up here with code FRIEND.
Please note, this code is only valid in addition to a ticket purchase. To redeem this coupon, sign up with your friend on our website.
Our aim on Thursdays is to continue growing the game by introducing women and non binary people to football. Non GDFC members are encouraged to come to these weekly footbALL sessions and then if they wish to play competitively we have a whole list of amazing teams who are actively hunting for new members: www.goaldiggersfootballclub.com/other-clubs
Reminder: members are always welcome to attend the Thursday training session too but the cost is £5 (£3 students, unwaged or low-waged persons with code SUBSIDISED)
We're building up a group of GDFC members who help out the coaches at these sessions. If you'd like to be part of that group, please email Josh at email@example.com.
GDFC's Accountability Policy has been added to the document section of the app explaining how we try to uphold our Equality Policy in practice. Please take the time to read both docs!
PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Check out our recent players of the day.
Captain Flo Pollock and Hannah Wallace
Coach Ciara and Maddy Hartle
Captain Hilary Aked and Saga Eriksso
Coach Amy and Jess Collins
Coach Ciara and Anna Gray
Captain Bella Borg and Scott Ty
Manager Fleur Cousens and Annie Williamson
Captain Annie Gallagher and Katy Castle
Captain Flo Pollock and Sacha Hilhorst
Josefina Martin is a fashion journalism student at London College of Fashion currently developing research to create their final major project - a football and fashion magazine for women. Josefina is looking for people to participate in a focus group this week to get opinions on the magazine they are currently creating. If you are interested, please email Josefina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder Fleur wrote an article for the i-news about the HUGELY damaging effect the lack of pitch space is having on the growth of womxn’s football. Read it here.
Want to help? Share this article. The more people who endorse the need for pitch booking quotas - the sooner we’ll get access to the 11-A-Side training pitch we so urgently need. Pitch please.
After reading the article please answer this quick survey for the pitch booking website Play Finder.
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? GOALS
This Thursday 27th Feb, The Festival of Football is back! Come along to hear some absolute wonders talk about LGBT+ inclusion and women’s football, including:
Our very own COACH CIARA! 😍
Chelsea FC CAPTAIN, Magdalena Eriksson
The wonderful, GDFC-supporting Chloe Morgan, Spurs’ #1
+ many many more
Check out all the speakers on Instagram @thefestivaloffootball or Twitter @TheFoF19, and grab your ticket at www.thefestivaloffootball.com for just £2!
📅 Thursday 27th Feb
📍 Rich Mix, Shoreditch
⏰Doors 6:30, kick-off 7pm
Can’t wait to see you there!