GDFC News 26 September
Club Sec Vote
Listening Circle and Anti-Oppression Training with Hayley Bennett
Player Shout Outs
CLUB SEC VOTE
As we have only had one application for the Club Sec role we will be running a vote to ensure that the majority of the club are happy with this applicant's goals for the next year. We will be opening a vote on team app and asking the club to decide if they think that this is the right person for the role. Below is their application, the vote will be put out separately.
Why do you think you'll make a good Club sec?
I’ve been on committee for a while (although in a different role) and think this has given me a good idea of how the club is run as a whole, of the structure we have currently and where we need to make some improvements, and what is working well, which sort of leads me on to the next question...
What will your aims for the club be over the next year?
I think after the challenges that the last year or so have brought for the club - going members only (and the level of growth we’ve had over the last few years), the impact of covid, I think the committee needs some clarity on structure, and some clarity on how the club is run. I would like to refocus down on the GDFC ethos, what it means to be a digger, and perhaps give the club an option to have a voice where it might not have had a voice before. As part of this, I would like to work on giving our trans members more options to play football, whether that is by supporting them in their dealings with the FA, or finding more trans friendly leagues that all of our members can participate in, as opposed to different members getting different options. Mainly as club sec I would just like to support our already brilliant committee members in doing what they do best, and keep ensuring that all of our members have access to as much football as they want.
What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the GDFCommittee?
Getting a new jumper, cause my old one is getting tatty…
Please come by to training Wednesday to collect any outstanding kit, even if you are not attending training please try and come by or have a friend collect for you. If you can not come by and need your kit for matches, please let Laura HH know and she can arrange with you directly. From this weekend we will be wearing the new kit!
Next week we'll be celebrating GDFCs 6th birthday at training! Make sure you come along on 6th October for some birthday training fun, extra special Player of the Week prizes, and pizza and drinks at the Perseverance after!
We're also giving all you goals a GIFT so keep your eyes on the app!
GFC 40+ ON 30TH SEPTEMBER
Our next 40+ event is on 30th September at Britannia Leisure Centre's stunning new rooftop pitches (N1 5FT). The session is open to players over 40 of all abilities and will run from 7.45-9pm.
Sign up and more information here: https://www.goaldiggersfootballclub.com/event-details/gdfc-40-13
Please help us spread the word - a tweet or an IG post can go a long way!
LISTENING CIRCLE UPDATES ANTI-OPPRESSION TRAINING WITH HAYLEY BENNETT
LISTENING CIRCLE - Tuesday 5th October, 5 -7pm
This listening circle is for club members and MOZF-supporters to come together and hold space to share and reflect on the harm that was caused by both the initial GDFC committee decision not to cancel the MOZF event on 30th July 2021 despite knowing undercover police would be in the venue, and subsequent responses which made members who publicly shared their concerns feel that their experiences were being debated or challenged. We hope that this space will allow those of our community that were excluded to experience solidarity and support our collective and individual healing. (Please see the Club Statement on MOZF on Insta grid HERE for more background)
This event has been organised by individuals within the inclusion sub-committee. In support of the listening circle, the GDFC committee have provided club funds to allow us to hire a professional facilitator for this session - Kasey Robinson (she/her), a professional facilitator whose specialisms include inclusion, equity, wellbeing and anti-racism. We hope that this helps us create an environment where individuals feel safe to speak and share without fear of judgement, disagreement or retaliation.
There is no obligation for attendees to speak or share and solidarity through listening is also valued. Any GDFC member may attend but please note that this space is specifically for those who were excluded by the events of and since 30/07/21. Speaking is strictly NOT open to anyone who is defensive about the decision for MOZF to go ahead or unapologetic about attending the night.
We know that this space needed to be held many weeks ago, especially considering that some individuals have not felt comfortable participating in GDFC activities since the event. It has taken some time to find an appropriate professional facilitator and agree on a suitable date. We really hope that those who were marginalised on the night of MOZF can join us in community and solidarity.
Please see Team App event for further details or contact I&D Officers Katy Covell and Liz Ward for more information.
INITIAL TRAINING - STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!
We had the first of three GDFC Anti-Oppression training sessions designed and delivered by I&D Consultant Hayley Bennett last week. An invaluable opportunity to come together as friends and teammates and explore how we can “meaningfully promote anti-discrimination within the GDFC sphere of influence”, we strongly encourage members (committee, newcomers & longstanding alike) who are yet to commit to attending one of these initial Anti-Oppression training sessions to sign up for either of the two remaining sessions.
Monday 11th October, 6-8pm
Tuesday 12th October, 6-8pm
(Please note - training is completely free of charge and there is no capacity limit. It doesn’t matter which date you attend as we cover the same content in each session.)
MOZF (30/07) ANTI-OPPRESSION REFLECTION SESSION - Thursday 21st October, 5-7pm
Hayley Bennett will be delivering a fourth Anti-Oppression session on Thursday 21st October to look more closely at systemic racism and oppression and in particular how this relates to events surrounding MOZF (30/07).
Our hope is that this training will allow us to move forward as a whole club and ensure that every member understands and is committed to upholding and furthering our club values around inclusion and equality.
Again we’d like to encourage as many members as are able to, to attend this event.
THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER: 40+
7.45-9pm at Britannia Leisure Centre; £5 or pay what you can.
You can sign up for Thursday sessions here. Not over 40? Please help us spread the word! A retweet or an IG post goes a long way to helping new members to find out about us and the sessions we run. Thank you!