Hiya. Here's ya weekly round-up!
Funded ref/coaching opportunity
Join the 40+ team!
Have a question about leagues? Get in touch with the relevant league rep on TeamApp or with our head of football Paula!
If you can help with carrying equipment to training please drop a message in the Ball Collecting chat on TeamApp when you sign up. The address is 2 Moye Close, E2 8QN... just a stones throw from the pitches (and the pub afterwards).
⚽️ Reminder from Coach Josh: we've got a feedback form where you can let us know your thoughts on training. Feel free to send this either straight after a session, or when it suits you during the week. ⚽️
👉 You can also feedback specifically on our all-abilities tournaments: We started doing all ability training tournaments a year ago. The idea was to provide opportunities for everyone in the club to meet each other and to reinforce our non-ability ethos. We wanted to check in about how you all found the training tournament two weeks ago. Please feedback here if you have any thoughts or comments, including if you enjoyed!
DO YOU WANT TO BE A REF OR COACH?
The context: In the last 4 years there has been a massive increase in the provision of football clubs and leagues for women and non-binary players across London. These spaces often have significant LGBTQ+ players, but as they are relatively new spaces, we tend to see that the coaches and referees are predominantly cis, straight, white men who have transitioned from the men's game. For players that are newer to the game, having a coach or referee that you identify with can be a major factor in feeling included. If you feel represented in the main leaders of a space, you're more likely to join in. A solution:
We have successfully applied for a grant to help develop more LGBTQ+ women and non-binary coaches and referees. This includes qualification costs, paid opportunities while you learn and other relevant training. This can include those that are already qualified but want to progress in these areas. Could this be you? If you are LGBTQ+ and are interested in this, please get in touch with Gaia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also share this with anyone you know who may be interested - it's open to anyone.
40+ GOALDEN GOALS TEAM
Please join the 'Goalden Goals' access group on TeamApp to have access to our 40+ games. The first one is Monday 21st November 8-9pm 5-aside against Vintage Laces. We're finalising a December fixture with East London Ladies Senior Team and a January game against Crawley Old Girls. All these teams have a similar all-ability ethos as GDFC.
To add yourself to the access group, go to the app, click the gear item in the top right hand corner, scroll down to access groups', click on 'Goalden Goals' and you're in.
Any questions, ask Gaia!
P.s. applications still open to join our committee as All Ages Officer. If you like the sound of the role, let Club Sec Martha know on email@example.com.
AT GDFC we want to make sure there’s as little as possible preventing you from playing football. For any members that need any financial help towards buying new boots / kit / transport costs etc, we have a kitty to help out. Just get in touch with Gaia at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This section is reserved for anyone in the club who has stuff they want to share (job posting, events, other cool opportunities -- whatever!) If you ever want to add anything to this section just email email@example.com and put 'NEWSLETTER' in the subject line.
A great session last Wednesday. Welcome to all our new goals! Potm were Celia, Phoebe, Alex, Maysa, Mim and Zeljka! Potw -parents of the week (and hats of the week): the Rawns!
SATURDAY FRIENDLY 11s- BEGINNERS
A fabulous game for all players. We learnt so much from our first half and drew the second half 0-0. Our fans player of the match was Kidesh for composure and organisation at the back, Captain Nina's potm was Shay for really good 1 on 1 defending and Coach Amy's potm was Hannah for giving it everything and having great energy.
Well done all!
SATURDAY FRIENDLY 11s- EXPERIENCED
Coach Liv's potm was Captain Fleur and Captain Fleur's potm was Cara.
Captains Flo's potm was Binal!