Daggers Celebrate Diversity Day 2023

Saturday 28th January - Daggers vs Yeovil Town

Dagenham and Redbridge FC has always prided itself on its multi-cultural nature and is pleased to announce that this season’s Daggers Celebrates Diversity Day will take place on Saturday 28th January when they are scheduled to play Yeovil Town in the Vanarama National League.

Tickets for the day will be available at greatly reduced prices and a number of activities will take place in the car park prior to kick off.

We would like to thank BD Group for once again sponsoring the day and for organising the programme front cover competition for local school children.

BD Group is a property and facilities services group that serves their communities by providing healthy catering for schools, cleaning services and responsive home repairs and maintenance, while creating opportunities for local people to live, work, and grow for a fulfilling future.

The money they generate goes straight back to support their communities, and being based in their communities, they understand local needs and can respond with services that are safe, high quality and trusted by local people.

They are an autonomous business with a private sector governance structure headed by an independent Non-Executive Chair and Board and are owned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

We look forward to another great fun day and seeing you all there.


Barclays Community Football Fund

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Barclays Community Football Fund, being delivered in partnership with Sported.

The Barclays Community Football Fund launched in 2022 will be offering grants and support resources to grassroots groups. The fund will primarily support young people in deprived or underrepresented areas through local organisations like ours, many of whom are not yet benefitting from the wider football pyramid.

Sported is the largest network of community sports groups in the UK, supporting more than 2,600 groups to help disadvantaged young people build confidence, gain skills and get their lives on track.

The funding will be used to operate the Trust's Kickstart4Kids projects in parts of the Borough, starting with the Sunday sessions at Tantony Gardens on the Marks Gate Estate from 11am to 1pm.

Boys & Girls, ages 6-13.

Sporting Memories

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.

Why not pop down and see us on Thursday?

We look forward to seeing you.

This Girl's Ability

This Girl's Ability needs your support as they strive to help disabled girls and young women flourish.

This Girl's Ability needs £9,000 to help them start their non-profit community company, which seeks to decrease the isolation of disabled girls and young women and forge deeper connections within their community. Disabled people were disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and This Girl's Ability is committed to supporting their recovery post-pandemic.

The £9,000 raised through Crowdfunder will be used to provide weekly sports and creative sessions for disabled girls and young women in Havering and Essex.

Through regular group interaction, they aim to prevent and improve mental health, help members grow in confidence and learn new skills to improve employability, and provide sporting opportunities to this group not known to partake in physically active hobbies.

They aim to create a sustainable project by making the most of their current connections and creating new collaborative links with national governing bodies, sports clubs, local businesses, and community groups.

Georgie Hart, Director and Ambassador at This Girls Ability, said: “I believe this is an important project. Growing up as a disabled girl with cerebral palsy was very hard at times. A club in my local community would have helped me make friends, given me more confidence and made such a difference in my life.”

The money they hope to raise through Crowdfunder will enable them to empower disabled girls and young women. If we can raise £4,500, Sport England has confirmed they will pledge the other half! The community project will help to tackle inequalities and reach another area of regional deprivation.

This Girl's Ability has big dreams for their future, and by donating or purchasing a reward, you will be part of their journey and help them hit the ground running!

Donate at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/thisgirlsability

Premier League 30 - Community Captain

The Premier League is marking its 30th anniversary by celebrating individuals who support their local club and communities.

The Premier League is proud to be a longstanding partner of the National League and together with the Professional Football Association provides grants to all National League clubs to deliver impactful projects to support their community.


A Community Captain leads by example and inspires others around them.

Congratulations to Jamie Joyes who has been named as the Dagenham and Redbridge FC Community Captain as part of the @PremierLeague30th Anniversary.


Jamie was presented with his Community Captain's Armband, Pennant and Scarf by Daggers' Chairman Peter Freund at half time during our Vanarama National League fixture versus Southend United.

Jamie leads by example and has made a huge contribution not only at the Daggers but also in Barking and Dagenham.

Thank you Jamie and congratulations! #PL30.

Trust Supporting Grassroots Youngsters

Three teams of local youngsters from Byron Red Star and Dagenham United played their role in the BT Live Television Broadcast on Saturday when the Daggers met Southend United in the Vanarama National League derby fixture.

Players from two teams escorted the players onto the pitch before the game, walking through the Guard of Honour formed by the second Dagenham United squad.

If you are part of a team which is interested in becoming a 'Matchday Guard of Honour', email trust@daggers.co.uk for more details.

Brian Tunney Receives award from Essex CCB

Brian Tunney, a volunteer for Essex Cricket in the Community, received a special award from Leader of the LBBD Council Darren Rodwell at the Sporting Memories activity yesterday held at Dagenham and Redbridge FC. Brian has worked with the Daggers Trust on several occasions in recent years and was singled out for his selfless service to the local community.

Brian lives locally and can often be seen coaching and supporting young people across the Borough.

Well deserved Brian, congratulations.

Avalon Road Centre on Tour

Avalon Road Centre on Tour

Yesterday evening, I went to bed with a big smile on my face and feeling very happy and it wasn’t just the great result from Chesterfield that evening. I had spent most of the day with a fantastic group of young adults from the Avalon Road Centre in Havering; a group of young men and women who have had to cope with problems for all of their lives. They spent Wednesday at the Daggers, engaged in a full ‘Stadium Tour’ before lunch going behind the scenes in the Clubhouse, the Boardroom, the Executive Boxes, the Dugouts, the Tunnel, the Post-Match Interview Room, the Manager’s Office and all four Changing Rooms in the S D Samuels stand. Many questions were asked and answered, photos were posed for and taken, and after 90 minutes we are retired to the bar for lunch.

After lunch we moved out to Pondfield Park for a kick around on the very bumpy grass. Everyone took part and the nearly two hour fun session ended with the group taking penalties against their accompanying staff. I took away so many memories, especially my one to one session with Paul, a keen Arsenal fan who was attired in trainers, a track suit, a shirt, and a tie. At some point we were loudly singing ‘Wild Thing’, made famous by the Troggs in 1966, as we passed the ball between us. A memory etched in my mind for ever.

There are times in one’s life when you can forget about any problems and troubles you may have and just have fun. Sport has the power to unite and divide. On Wednesday it brought unity, friendship, laughs and many, many smiles. The group left Victoria Road at around 3pm having spent four and a half hours just having fun. I would like to thank the Centre staff: Stephen, Cheryl, Sandra, and Jasmin for arranging the visit and especially thank Liam, Jordan, Andrew, Phillip, Christopher, Kenny, Daniel, Paul, Claire, Charlie, Tom, Carol, Crystal and ‘Wild Thing’ Paul. “Paul, you made my heart sing”.

The Trust is looking forward to working with the centre again, firstly providing more technical football coaching, but more importantly putting smiles on faces and changing lives.

If you are interested in a full Stadium Tour, please contact the Trust by emailing: trust@daggerstrust.com

Daggers Trust Matchday Guard of Honour


We have a limited number of fixtures available for Guards of Honour this season. The only available date before Christmas is Saturday 3rd December vs Torquay.

For more information email matthew.admin@daggerstrust.com or 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 by clicking HERE.

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