National Lottery Season Tickets

The National Lottery, as part of the support given to the National League, has made funds available for clubs to support their local community and provide community season tickets.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC have used some of this money to purchase 12 season tickets, which it has given to the Dagenham & Redbridge Community Trust.

At half-time last Saturday, Daggers Managing Director Steve Thompson presented the season ticket cards to Community Trust Manager, Denis Lawrence.

Denis said: “These tickets will be used to invite under-privileged children and young adults to our games and will make a real difference to so many.”

The Club & the Trust would like to extend a huge thanks to the National Lottery and all its many players.

National League Trust funded Summer Camps

Earlier this year the Daggers Trust successfully made a bid to the National League Trust to fund a series of multisport activities for local children during the school holidays. The activities are aimed to “Change attitudes, change minds and change lives”. The Daggers Trust is extremely grateful to the National League Trust and all the other funders which support the Trust in its ventures. Without their support, the Trust simply couldn’t function.

The current series of camps follow on from the very successful camps operated at the end of the lockdown periods during the COVID, where the Trust and its partners, including the Metropolitan Police, May and Baker Sports Club and Box Up Crime operated eight weeks of multisport and football camps for children aged 8-16.

The majority of the children invited to the camps have been recognised by local schools, churches and clubs as being ‘in need’. That ‘need’ is not just financial, it can be social, mental or physical. Some youngsters, post lockdown, need to get out, run around, make new friends and develop new skills. The multisport nature of the activities provides opportunities not just for fun, but also development. Working closely with PSCO John Joseph BEM from the Metropolitan Police, we are working to change behaviour and awareness at an early age, helping youngsters take greater control of their futures and hopefully prevent them from becoming entangled in anti-social behaviour and crime at a later stage.

The current cohort is both inclusive and diverse with participants coming from a multitude of different backgrounds, levels of ability (or disability) and aged from 5-13 years old.

During the last week, the group was joined on Tuesday by five officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) in Chadwell Heath and 2 local officers from the Local Neighbourhood Team. Very few opportunities exist for police officers to actively engage with young people of this age, but things are changing pan London and across the country. The Daggers Trust was at the forefront of this development in recent years. The camps provide the coaches, parents, children and partners to learn, grow and develop. We welcome the support we have received from the Metropolitan Police at all levels in our ventures.

The camps are being held at May and Bakers Sports Club and will occupy the first three weeks in August, with a further week planned for the Autumn term.

The activities help the youngsters to develop their soft life skills, including communication, teamwork, decision making and much more. They are encouraged to make friends, set challenges and step outside of their comfort zones.

Daggers Trust, helping to change attitudes, change minds and change lives.

Further details can be obtained by emailing matthew.admin@daggerstrust.com


Well done to the Lionesses

Women and girls playing football

As mentioned below, the Club and the Trust have proudly been involved for several years in the development of opportunities for both girls and women to play football. We are particularly thankful for the financial support received from both the National League Trust in the setting up of Women and Girls' teams and more recently to the London Marathon Charitable Trust for the funding of "all girls" football sessions each week at both Goals Dagenham and in local schools across the Borough. (See article below). Without their generous support none of this would have been possible. So many girls and women are now enjoying playing, or just watching football in schools, in clubs and in competitions across the country, from grassroots level through to the WSL, reflecting the growth of both the interest and investment in recent years.

The success of the England Lionesses in the Euro Semi Final against Sweden similarly reflects the investment in the game at the National level by the Football Association. This year's competition continues to break records and let us hope that remains so for the Lionesses in the final.

Its not that long ago that the England players, all part time, had to fly to Cyprus every year on a budget airline, stay in a 3 star hotel and struggle in a competitive friendly normally against Sweden.

We thank all of the funders, the coaches, the club secretaries, parents, players and others who have all played their part in the development of football for women and girls.

Developing Women and Girls Football Locally

Feeling inspired by the women's Euros?

For over 30 years, the community trusts of London’s football clubs have been harnessing the power of the football clubs to support Londoners across the capital.


Professional Football Club Community Organisations such as the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Palace for Life and Arsenal in the Community, have become important community catalysts. They have used their profile, skills and knowledge to engage groups of people who are often marginalised and socially disadvantaged and helped improve their life chances.


Collectively, these Club Community Organisations raise and spend over £40m annually in London and engage tens of thousands of people every week. This includes working through programmes funded centrally by the Premier League Charitable Fund such as Premier League Kicks, Primary Stars and Inspires as well as others commissioned by statutory agencies and grant giving charitable trusts.


In order to deliver greater collective impact across the capital, these 14 Club Community Organisations formed London United, a not for profit organisation that aims to:

  • Share knowledge and best practice.

  • Work with London wide organisations to understand how football clubs and the sport can help address wider social issues.

  • Deliver London wide programmes which improve lives, particularly young lives.


The Dagenham and Redbridge FC Community Trust has been a member of London United for the past 5 years and is the only non-league CCO member.

One of the main aims of London United is to improve young lives and funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust in 2019 has helped each Club Community Organisation to focus on increasing the number of female participants in the longstanding Premier League Kicks programme. Over the duration of the programme 5,000 girls and young women will be involved in a range of sport and activity initiatives, the majority of these participants will live in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the capital, and over 200 will achieve work related qualifications, secure a volunteering or work placement or part or full time employment. In time, this will ensure more females will become positive role models from girls and young women within their own communities.

The Daggers Trust has run PL Kicks 'Girls Only' sessions over the last 18 months, (COVID restrictions permitting), at Goals Dagenham, May and Bakers Sports Club and in local schools including Eastbrook, Riverside, William Bellamy and Five Elms.

The current funding for both PL Kicks and 'Girls Only' Kicks sessions runs out very soon.

In 2016 and 2017, the Daggers Trust was given funding by the National League Trust to set up and run a small number of female teams in the Essex County Girls' and Women's Leagues. Having achieved what it originally set out to do, the Trust handed on the responsibility for the teams two years ago, and they now run as a grassroots club, independent from the Trust. The Dagenham & Redbridge Women and Girls FC continues to grow and can be contacted for further information by emailing daggersgirlsfc@hotmail.com

Matchday - Register Now For Guard Of Honour

Register your interest if you have a club, team or organisation who wish to act as a Guard of Honour at one of the Daggers Home Fixtures during the Season 2022-23.

The maximum number of participants is 20, but there is no age limit.

30 free complimentary tickets will be provided for the group, friends, parents and guardians. Additional tickets will be available at a reduced price. An adult ticket normally costs £15 per person in the Family Stand, £21 elsewhere.

To Apply Click Here

To find out more information please email : matthew.admin@daggerstrust.com


Sporting Memories Every Thursday

Working with the LBBD, Sporting Memories and Essex Cricket Club in the Community, the Daggers Trust has been operating free 'Sporting Memories' sessions every Thursday at the club from 10:30-12:00. The group numbers have been growing and the Trust is pleased to announce that it is to receive funding to continue in the future. The sessions are run by Brian Tunney from Essex CCC.

The sessions are open to anyone aged 50 or over, male or female and provide an opportunity to meet, talk and make friends. The conversations are not always sport based. Free tea and coffee are provided. No registration just turn up and talk.

This week we welcome John Chapman from our programme shop for the first time, who will be bringing along a selection of historical memorabilia.

Why not pop down and see us on Thursday?

We look forward to seeing you.

George Carey School come so close to reaching National League Final

The George Carey Primary School in Barking came so close recently to reaching the final of the National League Under 11 Cup Final at Solihull Moors, finishing third in the league competition.

Having won the earlier regional heat at St Albans FC, the girls from George Carey set off in a borrowed minibus, driven by their Headteacher, for the National League Under 11 Cup Finals at Solihull Moors. In a normal season, without COVID, the finals would have taken place at Wembley Stadium. A new format was developed this year to overcome the problems raised by COVID and Solihull Moors was chosen as a central location. Teams travelled from all over the UK and George Carey was not the only school to arrive late.

Setting off very early in the London Rush Hour, the team negotiated the traffic on the A13, M11, M25, M1 and M6 but did not arrive at the ground until 11am when their first game was due to kick off. Their first two fixtures were reveresed but it still meant the girls didn't have long to stretch their limbs and face two back to back games. They were part of a league which culminated in the two top teams playing off in the final. A boys/mixed competition ran in parrallel with the girls' competition.

At the end of the league matches, the girls from George Carey had lost only one game but they just failed to finish in the first two places. They came very close, having a goal disallowed after a drop ball in one of their last matches. The referee, to the amazement of both teams' coaches, decided to re-drop the ball cancelling out a fantastic effort from George Carey. That game finally finished a draw, a win would have put the girls in second place and in the final. Unfortunately these things happen in football.

Nevertheless, the best team won out in the end with the Allington Girls team, representing Maidstone FC, winning the final.

A big thanks goes to everyone at George Carey School, Solihull Moors Foundation and the National League Trust. Maybe next year.

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