GDFC News 26 July

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Give a big welcome to our 2020/21 GDFC Committee. Some are old faces, but a few are new! Read below why they have joined the GDFC committee.

Club Secretary - Millie Patterson

Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Club Sec? As an account manager in my 9-5 job I have a lot of experience coordinating external enquiries and chairing meetings to drive business growth, i think that these skills will help me drive GDFC to be the best it can be. Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? Over the next year I want to help navigate GDFC through the COVID period and ensure that the club continues to listen to its members so that our return to football is smooth, safe And fun 🥳 Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee? I am most looking forward to organising and analysing the surveys, I am a big data fan 🧐 and look forward to using these skills to listen to all goals and drive change Treasurer Long Term Growth - Alex Rawn Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Treasurer? I’ve worked in the Fintech and Accounting industry for the past 4 years, and have always been passionate about helping small businesses and organisations become more efficient and grow. I’m excited to bring these skills and experiences to GDFC! Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? Over the next year, I hope to implement some new processes, software and automation to help GDFC get better insights into where we stand and help us plan for the future.  Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee? GDFC has been such an amazing community to be a part of. I’m excited to have the opportunity to give back by helping the club continue to grow, provide events and football to our community and members! Mat Ches Academy Rep - Martha Godfrey

Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Mat Ches? My organisational skills, and last minute problem solving. I’m happy to be the first point of contact if any of our members need anything.  

Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? Keep listening to our members as to what exactly they want from the club - what leagues, how many teams. As a three year beginner, I’d love to be a voice to represent the academy players more specifically. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee? I’ve been playing with GDFC for quite a while, and I’m excited to get more involved in the day to day running of the club!

Inclusion & Diversity Officer - Chloe Morgan Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Inclusion Officer? I’m genuinely passionate about diversity and inclusion and I can be quite vocal about that! I’m always up for considering and creating new ideas about ways to make GDFC more accessible for women who want to play sport! Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? My aim will be to do as much as I can to prevent any womxn from feeling as if there are any barriers to playing football with GDFC. GDFC embodies inclusivity and the club has already done so much to encourage womxn from all different backgrounds to play, so I would definitely like to build on that!  Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee? Talking about women’s football! I’ve started to bore everyone I know and so I’m absolutely buzzing to be part of a committee where this is the main topic of conversation!   Inclusion & Diversity Officer - Katy Cov Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Inclusion Officer? Well, it’s cliched but...because I genuinely care and I think I’m a good listener. For me, that’s where this job starts; listening to other people’s experiences so we can learn what needs to change/ be improved in order to make us a truly inclusive club in real terms. I am committed to making sure that our club is actively working to ensure that women and non-binary footballers of all abilities, ages, races, sexualities, faiths and social-economic backgrounds not only feel welcome at GDFC but feel it is their home as much as the next player.  Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? Although very queer friendly, our current membership is largely made up of white, cisgendered players. I would like to see us working to ensure that every GDFC environment (be it training, matches or socials) is one that actively appeals to players beyond this demographic. For me this means going beyond just making people feel welcome to fit in with the current set-up and looking inwards so that we can identify our blindspots and work out what changes we need to implement to address these areas. Essentially, I believe that the labour needs to be ours as a club not that of the players we want to join us.  Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee? Having the opportunity to contribute to making this club even better than it already is! Beyond the joy of playing football and having the opportunity to access brilliant training, I am so grateful for the wonderful sense of camaraderie and the friendships I have made both on and off the pitch with GDFC - the club is truly unique in its ethos and I want as many people as possible to also experience the love. This sense of belonging and celebrating one another (and the support that this brings to all aspects of life) can only get richer as our membership continues to diversify Social Secretary - Ellen Robertson

Q: Why do you think you'll make a good Social Sec? I really hope I can be a good social sec. I love this club, I love to be sociable and I used to be a secretary (technically a receptionist but I hope the point stands). I was made to feel incredibly welcome when I joined GDFC and knew hardly anyone, so I would like to pay that forward to people who are new to the team.

Q: What will your aims for the club be over the next year? In the cold light of Covid, I have a sense that community is more important than ever, so finding ways to feel connected with one another - depending on how the situation looks for grassroots footie - is going to be a lush challenge.

Q: What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee?Annoyingly I'm sure everyone's put this, but of course it's one word: admin.



MERCH LOVE

Remember our new 2020 merch & charity LGBT(ees) can now be bought online from our brand new online store here.

If you want to save on the delivery fee, add your order to the bulk order (just select ‘Goal Diggers’ at checkout) and pick up from Bethnal Green (E27BX). This option is only valid until this Friday 31t July.



COMMUNITY CORNER

SIRENS FC X OUT OF OFFICE CHARITY ART AUCTION


We are delighted to announce that the auction will start August 2nd, which will be hosted through online platform, Jumblebee across the week – ending August 8th. For the last day of the auction, both Sirens FC and Out of Office will be hosting a live stream (most likely through Sirens FC Instagram) with music and entertainment, which will be the final push directing viewers to the auction platform for bids.


For art submission, works need to be finished and shared alongside the submission forms below by the July 31st, to give us enough time on our side to pull everything together and upload pieces onto the auction site. Please do let us know if these timings are feasible on your end.


We are super excited to have your team on board with our charity initiative and think we can make a real impact bringing all the teams together for good.


Download the below document if you are interested in submitting a piece.

Sirens FC_Out of Office_Charity Auction
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If you have anything you would like to feature in next week's newsletter, email press@goaldiggersfootballclub.com by 12:00 Sunday.

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