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GDFC News 6 June

After a few months' hiatus, the GDFC newsletter is back with new Newsletter Secs Emily and Emma! We would welcome all your feedback and ideas for what you'd like to see in the revamped edition - link to feedback form at the end!

CONTENTS

  • Notices

  • League info

  • Inclusion at GDFC

  • Get To Know A Goal!

  • Player Shout-Outs

  • Community Corner

  • NEW feature alert - June horoscopes from your resident GDFC Astro Goal

 

NOTICES FROM TRAINING


  • The newsletter is back - please read it!! (if you are reading this, well done)

  • 40+ is happening this Saturday at Arsenal Hub. Please share it widely and any supporters or people 30+ who fancy joining in are welcome!

  • Sign up is open for summer weekend leagues - please sign up! (more details below)


LEAGUE INFO

Have a question about leagues? Get in touch with the relevant league rep on TeamApp or with our head of football Beth!


INCLUSION AT GDFC

Hello lovely Goals,


We hope you’re doing well today, and getting ready for a great week.


My name is Liz (she/her) and I'm a committee rep for diversity and inclusion. The following message is about our continued commitment to trans inclusion if you wanted a quick content note.


You might have noticed that the UK is about to head into a summer of election chaos. We want to take this moment to say that we are a trans inclusive club, that will never change, and our trans and non-binary members will always have a place in football.


As a club, we’d like to do the following:


1. put out a public statement, reiterating our support for trans and non binary players, in case anyone got it twisted


2. Introduce a new Gender Participation role (more information to come)


As well as the above, we’ll be looking at refreshing our guidance for trans inclusion within the club, as well as taking steps to make sure other clubs in our community respect our players.


We also want to ensure trans members feel heard and supported in this, so if you have any ideas, questions, reflections, message me directly on 07535929026


However nasty the news cycle gets, you got love here at GDFC.


Liz and the committee xox


GET TO KNOW A GOAL!


Our new feature where we introduce you to a new Goal each week - starting with one of our new Newsletter secs, Emily!

Meet Emily (she/her)


Where do you play?

Up front at training (because our intermediate group is really lacking strikers), defence in Actual Real Games.


Favourite memory at GDFC?

Gaia gently persuading me into signing up to help out with the newsletter, naturally. Also, the month or two where we did post-training drinks in a black-walled basement room of a pub on Broadway market.


Two truths and a lie 

I have lived in seven countries

I featured on dating reality show First Dates

I have never put petrol in my own car (but have been driving for over 10 years)





Would you like to feature in a future edition of get to know a goal? Send your answers to the above questions to press@goaldiggersfootballclub.com.


PLAYER SHOUT-OUTS


THURSDAY BEGINNERS 5s at Haggerston School (16 May)

We had our first game in the new Thurs league. It was a stunning eve, although the team lost 3-2. With goals from Alice and Iso C and lots of debuts it was a great game to watch. Capt SJ applauded the great passing and chemistry. Farida coached the team, and was impressed by the calmness and comms throughout. Shout out to Coach Millie (solid at the back) and Capt Potm - Iso who never stopped running.





THURSDAY BEGINNERS 5s at Haggerston School (30 May)

POTM: Isobel Coutinho for chasing down every single ball and scoring a cracker - top bins! Shout out to: Alice Keane for being so keen she posed in the team photo for the opposition







FOOTY ADDICTS 8 A SIDE TOURNAMENT ( 1June)


On Saturday, 9 of our players participated in the Footy Addicts 8 aside tournament, enduring 6 grueling hours of on and off football. We sailed through 6 games in the group stages with 3 clean sheets to reach the round of 16 where we won 2-1 on pens with an amazing goal in sudden death by Danielle Morris to put us ahead and the save to win it by Niamh O'Brien. In the quarter finals we were up against the top seeded team and put up a fight, losing 2-0 to knock us out of the tournament. The vibes were great, the free food was actually decent, and the individually packed branded water was a weird touch, but all in all it was a great day. Player of the match went to keeper Niamh for her incredible work between the sticks, her comms, and her positive encouragement which helped the team keep focus in our most difficult moments. Next year we're shooting for the semis!





MONDAY FINSBURY PARK 5s (3 June)

Despite a 3-0 loss to the not-so-UnAthletico Madrid team, the Goals played some of our best football yet and showed an impressive ability to keep our composure, spirit and focus despite being absolutely wrecked!! POTM went to Emily for repeatedly putting her body on the line and being a real thorn in UnAthletico Madrid’s side, helping to keep the scoreline less disastrous than it could have been…

[Editor's note - Beth very kindly did not mention that I cost the team a penalty with an instinctive hand ball, which Paula heroically saved for us]



TUESDAY 7s (4 June)

A particularly spritely KFC beat us 5-1 on Tuesday thanks to some capitalised opportunities but the scoresheet didn’t reflect what was otherwise a strong performance from the Goals. Well done to Lorraine for hitting the back of net early in the match, and to POTM Anna for expertly reading KFC’s runs and demonstrating aspirational skilled defending. Thanks to Captain Farida for keeping us motivated and professional on and off the pitch.



WEDNESDAY TRAINING (5th June)


This week's players of the week were Ramune, Florrie, Laura, Chloe, Izzy & Lorraine! 

Ethos player went to Ruby for enthusiasm throughout the session. Well done all! 






ASTRO GOAL - YOUR JUNE HOROSCOPES


*Aries (March 21 - April 19):*

June kicks off with a New Moon in Gemini on the 6th, sparking new beginnings in communication and teamwork. It's time to think tactics: Whether you're signed up to practice or playing in one of our many leagues or friendlies, your ability to articulate your vision will be vital. Venus and Mars enter Cancer on the 21st, shifting your focus to home and relationships. Expect a nurturing vibe to wash over your life, perfect for some post-game team hugs. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your career goals come into focus. Keep digging deep, Aries—you'll be hitting goals both on and off the field.


*Taurus (April 20 - May 20):*

This June, the New Moon in Gemini on the 6th invites you to rethink your financial strategy. Whether it's fundraising for your team or managing personal finances, you’re ready to score big. As Venus and Mars move into Cancer on the 21st, you’ll find your words carrying extra weight. Use this energy to build strong relationships with your teammates. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd highlights your travel and education sector. Perhaps a trip or an away match is in the stars? Keep your eyes on the prize, Taurus—goal diggers like you don’t stop until the final whistle.


*Gemini (May 21 - June 20):*

Happy birthday, Gemini! The New Moon in your sign on the 6th brings a fresh start. Embrace your dual nature it’s a good time different positions at training —you’re versatile enough to handle it. With Venus and Mars entering Cancer on the 21st, your focus shifts to finances and self-worth. You might find new ways to earn or invest your energy into big football wins on the pitch. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd sheds light on community and deep bonds. Use this time to strengthen your connections with your fellow diggers—both on and off the pitch. Dig deep, Gemini, and you’ll unearth some truly golden opportunities.


*Cancer (June 21 - July 22):*

June brings a month of introspection, Cancer. The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th encourages you to reflect on your inner game plan. When Venus and Mars move into your sign on the 21st, you'll be the star player in romance and relationships. Expect to score some serious points with your charm it’s going to be an auspicious weekend for footie fun. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your partnerships come under the spotlight. This could be the perfect time to solidify or strengthen a team bond. Keep digging into your emotional reserves, Cancer—your perseverance will lead you to victory.


*Leo (July 23 - August 22):*

The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th energizes your social sector, Leo. A great month to attend training and socialise at the Percy with fellow goal diggers—you never know where a new connection might lead. As Venus and Mars enter Cancer on the 21st, you'll feel more introspective. Use this time to recharge and focus on your health, arrive on time to training to ensure you warm up. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your daily routine and work life will come into focus. Perfect those set plays and get your tactics in order; your hard work is about to pay off. A little digging into your football routine could reveal ways to enhance your game.


*Virgo (August 23 - September 22):*

June's New Moon in Gemini on the 6th lights up your career zone, Virgo. A good month to set new professional goals and dig deep into your hard work—you’re destined for the top of the leaderboard. With Venus and Mars moving into Cancer on the 21st, your social life gets a boost. Enjoy time with friends and maybe even spark a new connection at a football match or GDFC social. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd brings creative projects to completion. Whether it’s a personal endeavor or a team initiative, your hard work will be celebrated. Keep digging into your potential, Virgo—you’re about to score big.


*Libra (September 23 - October 22):*

The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th opens up opportunities for travel and learning - did someone say Hot Goal Tour? If you’re not going to Lisbon it’s a perfect month to try out a league—you can gain valuable insights and maybe learn a new skill. When Venus and Mars enter Cancer on the 21st, your career takes center stage. Use your charm to navigate workplace politics and strengthen professional relationships. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, you can turn your attention to home life. Balance your goals and relationships, making sure to keep both on solid ground. Dig deep into your ambitions, Libra, and you’ll find that GDFC drive to achieve your dreams.


*Scorpio (October 23 - November 21):*

The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th focuses on shared resources and deep connections, Scorpio. Trust your instincts and dig into your closest relationships—you’ll find gold. As Venus and Mars move into Cancer on the 21st, your desire for adventure grows. Plan a getaway or sign up to the East London FC tournament. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your communication skills are highlighted - a truly auspicious day for playing football. Perfect for delivering a motivational pep talks or sealing a deal. Keep digging into your passions, Scorpio—you’re on the brink of something transformative.


*Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21):*

June’s New Moon in Gemini on the 6th emphasizes partnerships, Sagittarius. Collaborate and share your goals with teammates by signing up to a league or play in this month’s friendlies to make other goal friends. With Venus and Mars moving into Cancer on the 21st, intimacy and resources become key themes. A romantic relationship could deepen, or a financial goal could be within reach. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd highlights your earnings and self-worth. Dig deep into your skills and talent and you’ll find new ways to score goals in these areas. Your enthusiasm and optimism will keep you ahead of the game this month.


*Capricorn (December 22 - January 19):*

The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th shines a light on your daily routines and health, Capricorn. Perfect for attending training and focusing on post match self-care sarnies in the Percy. As Venus and Mars move into Cancer on the 21st, your relationships take on new importance. Use this nurturing energy to build stronger connections with teammates—East London FC tournament might spark a new bond. By the Full Moon in your sign on the 22nd, personal goals come to fruition. Celebrate your achievements and set new aspirations. Dig deep into your determination, Capricorn—your disciplined approach will ensure you stay on top.


*Aquarius (January 20 - February 18):*

June’s New Moon in Gemini on the 6th means creativity and fun for you Aquarius. Experiment with new football skills at training or sign up to some fun friendlies. With Venus and Mars entering Cancer on the 21st, focus on health and habits—remember to refuel after training at the pub. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your subconscious and inner world are highlighted. Reflect on your goals and dig into your dreams—you might uncover hidden desires. Keep your innovative spirit alive, Aquarius and you’ll find fresh ways to score on and off the pitch.


*Pisces (February 19 - March 20):*

The New Moon in Gemini on the 6th emphasizes home and family, Pisces. They say friends are the family you chose—use this time to strengthen bonds, create a supportive environment or embody the GDFC ethos and volunteer to collect equipment before/after training. As Venus and Mars move into Cancer on the 21st, your creativity and romance sectors light up—potentially a perfect weekend for East London FC football tournament. By the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 22nd, your social life takes center stage. Socialise with fellow goal diggers and celebrate your collective successes. Keep digging into your imagination, Pisces—your dreams have the power to manifest in surprising ways.



COMMUNITY CORNER

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