The football season may be coming to an end this month, but the work of the Daggers Trust continues throughout the Summer. It has been a difficult time to say the least, but after all of the lockdown periods, school closures, furlough payments, etc brought on by the COVID pandemic, the Trust has emerged stronger than when it all started back in March 2020.
At this end of May the Trust will be operating three one day fun filled multisport camps for young children at May and Bakers Sports Club, working alongside the Metropolitan Police building on the success of previous camps held during the last 18 months. 70 children have registered for the three days, coming from over a dozen schools across the Borough. A further three weeks of camps is planned for August. All of the camps are available free of charge and we thank the National league Trust for their financial support, along with May and Bakers Sports Clubs and our friends and colleagues in local schools.
We have had over 50 new youngsters, boys and girls, sign up for the regular Premier League Kicks sessions at Goals Dagenham on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time. We are now operating 5 different groups on a Thursday and 1 on a Tuesday. Three of our PL Kicks coaches were sponsored by the Daggers Trust and have gone from participants, through to volunteers and now qualified FA coaches. In addition to the regular PL Kicks sessions, the Trust is operating Girls’ Only Kicks at Goals Dagenham and in local schools. Since Easter Y5 & Y6 girls from Fives Elms and William Bellamy Primary Schools became the first school based groups to take part after the restrictions of lockdown over Christmas and the New Year. The Girls’ Only groups are funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, working with the member clubs of London United and PL Kicks.
Another event which re-emerged recently was the Vitality Westminster Mile held in the Mall, finishing outside Buckingham Palace. The 15 member clubs of London United were asked to provide a representative group of youngsters and children from Dagenham United represented the Club and the Trust at the event. Some of the youngsters who took part will be joining our Matchday Guard of Honour on Sunday 15th and we would like to thank Vicky Davis and all the coaches, parents, guardians and players from Dagenham United who have been unbelievably helpful and accommodating on numerous occasions throughout the season.
The Guard of Honour for the final scheduled league match versus Wrexham is from Leys Park FC. Leys Park has multiple teams and has provided several GoH groups this season. We thank all of the people who have supported this activity and look forward to seeing you again when football returns to Victoria Road later this year.
Girls from George Carey Primary School will be representing the Daggers at the Southern Regional heats of the National League Trust under 11 competition. We wish them ‘Good Luck’ at St Albans City FC on the 19th. A big thanks for all the support from the Barking and Dagenham Schools FA.
Lastly, if you are over 50 and would like the opportunity to chat with others about sport (or anything else) over the coming months, the Trust and the Club are holding regular Sporting Memory sessions on a Thursday morning from 1030-1200 in association with the Sporting Memories Foundation and Essex Cricket in the Community. Just pop along, have a cup of tea and meet friends, old and new. No need to register, just turn up.
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