Activities in the Community
Daggers in the Community
For many years the Dagenham & Redbridge FC Community Trust has been working in the local community. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is one of the most diverse communities in the country and is constantly growing.
The Trust endeavours to provide help and opportunities for local community members, especially children.
Sport and Exercise coupled with a healthy lifestyle encourages improvements in both physical and mental wellbeing.
As a registered charity, the Trust relies heavily upon external funding to provide activities free of charge to young people living in one of the country’s most deprivedareas.
Our main funders in recent years have included: The Premier League Charitable Fund, The EFL Trust, The National League Trust, The Mayor of London, The London Marathon Charitable Fund, LBBD, The Football Foundation (Grow the Game) and generous in kind payments received from organisations such as Goals Dagenham.
Over the last 3-4 years, the Trust has played a major role in establishing a Women and Girls' football section with teams having played in the Essex County Girls' and Women’s' Leagues.
Premier League Kicks sessions for 8-12 year olds are held every Thursday and Friday evening at Goals Dagenham.
Over the last 2-3 years, the Trust offered a variety of outreach activities in Marks Gate, Goresbrook, Pondfield Park, Goals Dagenham and May and Bakers' Sports Ground, plus others hosted at Victoria Road. Examples include 'Coats for Goals' (including Mini Kickers and AllStars Cricket), LBBD Fitness and Wellbeing sessions, along with Staff Training for local carers hosted at Victoria Road, Matchday Guards of Honour, Tours of the Stadium for local schools and clubs, School breakfast, lunch and after school clubs, visits to schools by players, a 'Show Racism the Red Card' workshop for three schools, an inter school Mini World Cup Tournament, an Inter School Olympics Festival, Multisport Activity Clubs during the school holidays.
Working alongside two local African churches in the Borough, the Trust has supplied a quantity of no longer required kit and equipment which has made its way to youngsters in two different areas of Zimbabwe.
In these difficult times, the Trust continues to work with the community, in the community and for the community.