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Programme Notes - Vanarama National League - Daggers versus Yeovil 17th October 2020
Your Trust Needs You
The Dagenham and Redbridge FC Community Trust provides or facilitates activities and opportunities for local people. Over the last couple of years this has included a wide variety of events, clubs, sessions, experiences, workshops, meetings and more.
In local schools, Trust coaches regularly ran breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs including football, basketball, multisports, etc. The Trust arranged for First team players to visit schools to talk to students, whilst encouraging schools to send groups of students to the Club to not only watch National League fixtures, but tour the ground and dressing rooms, and participate in ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and other similar workshops. The children were encouraged to send in their entries for the front cover of the ‘Daggers Against Racism’ and Daggers Celebrate Diversity’ Days match programmes.
With the support of the Premier League Charitable Fund, the Trust has regularly held free weekly PL Kicks football sessions for young people aged between 8 and 18. Only this August the PLCF allowed the Trust to use some of its funding to run two weeks of free Multisport Activities at May and Bakers.
The Trust is a member of London United, where most of London’s professional Football Clubs are represented and through this affiliation the Trust received funding from the London Marathon Charitable Fund this year to operate sessions for young girls, with the aim of getting them active and into regular exercise. A project at the Riverside School restarted only last Friday.
The National League Trust has funded several different projects which has led to the creation of the Dagenham & Redbridge FC Women and Girls teams who play in the Essex County Girls League. Additional activities have included an inter schools Mini World Cup and Olympic Multisports Festival, Coats for Goalposts including the Mini Kickers project and Allstars Cricket, the hosting of a variety of activities in the Clubhouse including carers workshops and a healthy lifestyles programme. Together with the Wembley Trust, the NLT funded a Women and Girls project which involved a group of mainly mothers and one grandmother at Dagenham Park School during the Winter months last year.
These are just a few of the many activities provided by the Trust in recent years. The current Coronavirus pandemic saw the Trust shut down from mid-March until August. Some activities are coming back on stream, but it is difficult to predict when we will return to a level of normality and we are looking for new opportunities to help the local community.
The Trust is a registered charity which is underwritten by but separate from the Club. It relies heavily upon external funding to continue to operate. As the Trust searches to find new and additional funders during these strange times, you can help us.
At the bottom of the Trust’s Website Home Page: www.daggerstrust.com there are three different links to ‘Amazon Smile’, ‘Easyfundraising’ and the LBBD Lottery. All three will generate a small revenue stream for the Daggers Trust and allow us to continue with our good work. The first two links will cost you nothing to use. Use the links for your online purchase and the companies will donate to the Trust. The LBBD Lottery will donate 50% of the ticket price (£1 each) to the Daggers Trust. Purchasing tickets will give you the chance to win up to £25,000. Why not check them out? Please do your bit to help the Trust, help others.
Programme Notes - Vanarama National League - Daggers versus Wealdstone 10th October 2020
Dagenham & Redbridge Women and Girls FC
Over the last three years the Daggers Trust, funded by the National League Trust, the Football Association, the Football Foundation and others, has developed a female section with teams playing in the Essex County Women's and Girls' Leagues.
The leagues kicked off in late September and a variety of opportunities exist for young women and girls to participate in football through the Trust, either as a member of a team or just for fun.
The Daggers girls' teams are currently training every Wednesday evening at GoalsDagenham and this week was no exception, as the pictures show.
The season kicked off on Sunday 20th September with wins for both the under 13s and under 15s in their first games of the 20-21 season. The U13s were at home against Braintree winning 4-0 and the U15s beat Tigers away 3-2.
Following on from the success of the two other Daggers Girls' teams in their opening matches, the Under 12 team began their season with a 7-2 home win against Springfield Girls at May and Bakers on Sunday 27th, but unfortunately the other two teams couldn't repeat their achievements of the previous weekend, both losing narrowly at home. The Under 13s went down 2-1 to Great Danes and the Under 15's lost 4-2 to Aveley Girls.
Last weekend, on a very wet and windy afternoon, the Under 12 team made it two wins from two, as they beat Lakeside Girls 1-0 away from home. Tomorrow they are due to play at Home against Tigers Girls U12 Black, kicking off at 2pm. In the table, Leigh Ramblers are on top with six points. They too have won both their games but have a superior goal difference. Tigers are in third place, also on six points but they have played three games, winning two and losing one.
The Under 13 team played away to Grays Athletic U13 Black and went down 3-0. The girls are hoping to bounce back against Baddow Spartak Pumas at home tomorrow, kicking off at 2pm.
The Under 15 team's game against St Clere's Girls was scheduled to be played at May & Bakers, but the game was called off on Sunday morning because of the condition of the pitch after all the heavy rain. The U15s are not scheduled to play this weekend.
Female football fostering friendship, fun and fitness.
All three teams play on Sundays in the Essex County Girls' League. Details of their upcoming fixtures can be found by clicking here.
Programme Notes - Vanarama National League - Daggers versus Barnet 6th October 2020
In the middle of March everything was moving along fine with many activities in place and plans for new ventures in the pipeline. Within a very short space of time, working from home went to closing up the Club and the Trust Office with just an hours’ notice. All activities stopped and all staff were furloughed.
It wasn’t until 4 months later with the slight relaxing of furlough conditions, that the Trust Office was opened up and two people came in to work on preparing the annual accounts. It was all rather surreal.
Premier League Kicks Restart Activities
Very shortly afterwards the Premier League Charitable Fund asked us to participate in a ‘Teams’ meeting to discuss our Premier League Kicks Programme and about moving forward in the future. With the support of the PLCF, LBBD, May and Bakers Sports Club and the West Ham Foundation, the Trust put together a two week Multisport Activity programme during the end of August. Having established COVID-19 protocols, a limited number of young people aged 5-13 years old met each morning at 10 and participated in a wide range of different multisports through until 3pm. These sessions not only provided a much needed opportunity for the children to participate in fun activities in the fresh air, but also gave the Trust staff the opportunity to get ready to return to ‘normal’. On the final day of the activities the youngsters were joined by 6 of the First Team Squad for a Q & A session with the ‘lads’ joining in an indoor archery competition.
Premier League Kicks, London United Girls' Projects and work in schools
Since then, over the last four weeks, the Trust has restarted its regular PL Kicks sessions on Thursdays and Friday evenings at Goals Dagenham for a limited number of youngsters. The London United Girls’ project, funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will recommence next week at the Riverside School in Barking, but all other regular and new school activities have stopped for the time being. Currently one Trust coach has been allowed to teach PE in a local primary school, but understandably most schools are reluctant to allow ‘outsiders’ into their buildings at this time.
New Trust Website
The Trust has a new website www.daggerstrust.com and other social media accounts with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Keep up to date with the latest news by logging in or following us on those platforms.
Daggers Girls' Teams find new sponsors
The Dagenham and Redbridge FC girls’ teams have begun their new season, with all three teams training every Wednesday at Goals Dagenham and playing on Sundays in the Essex County Girls’ League. All home fixtures are played at May and Bakers and details of their fixtures and results can be found at https://www.daggerstrust.com/women-girls The teams have purchased Daggers kit with the money provided by their new sponsors. Hallmark Glass & Glazing and LSH Decorating Services Ltd and we thank them for their generous support.
Currently all other regular Trust activities are on hold, but we hope to slowly return to normality in the future.
Take care and stay safe.