Backstage Stadium Tours to Return

The Daggers Trust is pleased to announce that it will resume behind the scenes tours of the Chigwell Construction Stadium, including the dressing rooms, etc later this month.

For several years local schools and youth teams have come to Victoria Road and spent approximately 45 to 60 minutes looking at the way in which the Club operates on a day to day basis, visited the teams' and referee's dressing rooms and taking part in a Question and Answer session about a range of different things relating to the Club and the Trust.

In addition to school and team visits, the Trust is now opening up the stadium tours to other groups, individuals and families.

For more information, email trust@daggers.co.uk

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All Girls PL Kicks LMCT Funding Extended

THE LONDON MARATHON CT FUNDED GIRLS ONLY PL KICKS PROJECT TO CONTINUE TO UNTIL THE END OF JULY 2022

A PAN LONDON INITIATIVE CONCEIVED AND OPERATED BY THE MEMBERS OF LONDON UNITED

The Daggers Trust is pleased to announce that the London Marathon Charitable Trust has agreed to extend the funding for the London United All Girls' Premier League Charitable Fund Kicks Project which has been running across London for nearly two years.

The fourteen professional London Clubs' Community Organisations (CCO's), all members of London United, will receive a further £120,000 between them to continue with the highly successful project up to at least the end of July 2022.

With the support of Substance, London United put forward a proposal to the LMCT in 2019 to offer Girls' Only PL Kicks across London. The project is aimed at girls living in the most deprived areas of the Capital and who are not regularly engaging in physical activity. The project first began in January 2020 but was brought to a sudden halt with lockdown in mid-March of that year. The PL Kicks sessions are not only about playing football, they can include other sports and activities eg dance and is available to young people aged 8-18. The clubs include workshops and one to one mentoring to the participants, aiming to improve lifestyles, attitudes and behaviour. In spite of lockdown, several clubs were able to offer online support to girls across London.

As a member of London United, the Daggers Trust received equal funding and began with a group of girls at Riverside School, Barking in January 2020. Other local Barking and Dagenham schools were due to come on board after Easter but then the COVID pandemic hit. PL KIcks Restart activities during the school holidays allowed the Daggers Trust to invite youngsters aged 8-12 to May and Bakers to participate in a variety of sport and other activities, including workshops. At May & Bakers the youngsters worked with many members of the Metropolitan Police, Box Up Crime and other similar organisations to support and mentor the young people.

The involvement with the Metropolitan Police was the first to be organised by the newly appointed PL Kicks Met Police liaison officer and that model has been replicated by other clubs in more recent months and led to the first outreach football tournament organised by the Met for young people which took place in Watford on Sunday 3rd October.

Using the LMCT funding, the Daggerstrust was able to start up new Thursday All Girls sessions at Goals Dagenham and more recently, other local schools have begun new sessions since the Autumn term began in September. The latest group was made up of 22 young girls from All Saints School in Dagenham and further groups are due to start shortly.

In spite of all of the restrictions imposed by COVID, London United has continued to operate through the last 20 months and in spite of COVID restrictions and lockdowns has come close to meeting its Key Performance Indicators in most areas. By December of this year, the KPIs will continue to be met and the impact will increase next year with the new additional funding.

The Daggers Trust is by far the smallest member of London United and the only charity attached to a Non-League club. The Trust has received and continues to receive support from the other CCOs in London United, especially from West Ham Foundation and Leyton Orient Trust, with much additional support from the staff at Substance, the Metropolitan Police, the Premier League Charitable Fund, Goals Dagenham, many local schools, the Barking and Dagenham Schools FA and Dagenham & Redbridge FC. We thank them all for their continued support.

We look forward to developing our activities, our partnerships and the All Girls project in particular.

Any schools interested in providing a free school based activity for young girls who meet the KPI criteria over the coming 9 months should contact plkicks@daggers.co.uk

Additional places are available at the open Thursday PL Kicks sessions for boys and girls.

Register by using the link in the section below. Further information is available from plkicks@daggers.co.uk

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PREMIER LEAGUE KICKS FOR BOYS & GIRLS AT GOALS DAGENHAM FREE OF CHARGE

September is nearly on us, the children are going back to school and the nights are starting to draw in. With the relaxation of COVID restrictions, now is the time to sign up for some of the Trust's regular activities. plkicks@daggers.co.uk

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER

Girls' Only Kicks 8-12 years Thursdays Goals Dagenham 5-7pm https://forms.gle/vuFbWWseuTmK2vUq8

Boys Mini Kicks 8-12 years Thursdays Goals Dagenham 5-7pm https://forms.gle/5h7qQDHoFGf8oF7LA

Boys Kicks 12-18 years Tuesdays Goals Dagenham 5.30-7pm https://forms.gle/5h7qQDHoFGf8oF7LA

Boys Kicks 12-18 years Thursdays Goals Dagenham 5-30-7pm https://forms.gle/5h7qQDHoFGf8oF7LA


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