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EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

HOP INTO FOOTBALL AT EASTER

Happy Feet Soccer School have organised two football courses to take place at Crabble during the Easter Holidays on the following dates;

  • Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April 2017 – ages 5-9 years                      
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April 2017 – ages 10-16 years

The cost of the course is £12 per child, per day.   

All courses run from 10am – 3pm .  Children should arrive no earlier than 9.50am for registration.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Shin pads must be worn at all times.

Spare/warm clothing is advised should we have bad weather as well as sun cream and a hat should it be sunny.

To book a place for your child, you need to sign a confirmation and consent form and return it to Dover Athletic Football Club.

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Once your form and payment have been received, you will have the place confirmed by email.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The office will be open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm for applications to be bought in.
Payment can be in cash or by card.

LADIES NIGHT ON CUP NIGHT

We host Folkestone Invicta in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup semi-final at Crabble tonight and there will be an added incentive for female fans attending the game.

As part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day on March 8th, the club has donated a Dover shirt and all ladies attending the game will get a ticket entering them into the half-time draw to win it.

Whites reached this stage of the competition after beating visiting Ryman League North side VCD Athletic 4-0 earlier this month.

James Caton, Moses Emmanuel, Connor Essam and Ira Jackson jnr scored the goals.

The club have reduced the admission price for the game down to just £5 for all, while under-11s get into Crabble for free, to allow as many fans and members of the community as possible to come along.

The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.

NICK DONATES DEFIBRILLATOR TO CLUB

Long time Dover fan Nick Cunningham has continued to show his support for the club – and his generosity could save a life.

The local businessman – who owns Nick Cunningham Plumbing and Heating Engineers, based in Sandwich – has brought a defibrillator for use in the community ventures running.

The club already has one defibrillator in the medical facilities at Crabble for use on players or fans on match days, but there was a need for another as Dover Athletic Community Manager Vikki Pawley explains.

“Due to the rise in community projects we have running at the ground now, Saturday and school holiday soccer schools and the walking football, we felt we needed a second defibrillator at the ground,” she said.

“After discussing this need in the sponsors lounge last week, Nick Cunningham has stepped forward and generously bought us one for the community projects.”

As for Nick, he was simply happy to help his beloved club.

He said: “Hopefully, the club will never have to use it, but at least we now have a second one in place should the need arise.”

The new machine will be presented by Nick to the club at Saturday’s National League game against Solihull Moors.

We thank Nick for his kind gesture and generosity as well as his continued support.

FIRST STEPS TAKEN

PLENTY of men took their first steps in a new Dover Athletic venture at Crabble on Sunday morning – walking football.

Over 20 men aged over 50 had a shot at playing the game.

The opening session of the project, which is run in conjunction with Dover District Council, attracted plenty of interest from those who thought their playing days were over.

The aim of the programme is to engage with the community to provide an opportunity for men aged 50+ to become more socially and physically active.

Each Sunday session starts at 10am and finishes at 11.30am.

The first five weeks will also be FREE of charge , so come along and have a go at playing!

The rules of the game are much the same as what we know – however, there are some differences.

Anything so much as a jog is prohibited for a start!!

Other rules include free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no offsides and the ball must be kept below head height.

 

WALK BACK INTO FOOTBALL AT CRABBLE

Dover Athletic is offering a chance for men over 50 to get out of their armchairs and back into playing football.

Working in conjunction with Dover District Council, we will be soon be starting a walking football project at Crabble.

The rules of the game are much the same as what we normally see played – however, there are some major differences.

Anything so much as a jog is prohibited for a start!!

Teams playing are also smaller, with between five and seven players a-side.

Other rules include free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no offsides and the ball must be kept below head height.

If this inspires you, or someone you know to get active, the first session will be played on Sunday, February 19th.

The opening day of the project, which is aimed to engage with the community to provide an opportunity for men aged 50+ to become more socially and physically active, starts at 10am and finishes at 11.30am.

It will include an hour of football followed by refreshments in the Centre Spot.

The first five weeks will also be FREE of charge.

So, come along and have a shot at playing!

Walking Football

Stand up to be seen and admired

THE new £1,325,000 Family Stand will be open for business for the first time at Crabble on Saturday.

It will officially be opened ahead of the National League clash with Guiseley.

So get there early to grab your seat and take a first look at Crabble from a different vantage point!

The occasion will feature as part of our Family and Diversity Day ƒand there will be so much on offer when the gates open at 12 noon.

The modern design includes 500 seats and will provide the club with Football League standard dressing rooms, refereeƒ’s changing rooms and medical room, as well as a new location for the control room where our matchday safety operations will be run out of.

There will also be extra toilet facilities and dedicated viewing areas for disabled supporters.

The impressive construction features Glulam, which was made in sections and brought over from Bosnia, before being assembled on site while the seating is from Scandanavia.

It was built with grants covering around £400,000 of the cost while the balance came from chairman Jim Parmenter and sponsorship.

To add to the celebrations, there will be FREE hot dogs for kids (limits apply), FREE goodie bags and plenty of pre-match entertainment, including the pipes of The Brigade of Gurkhas as well as the Vista Twisters Cheerleading Team.

The club has also given tickets to all 52 Dover district schools to allow students to attend the day and savour the Crabble experience.

The day also represents the launch of our ONE TOWN, ONE TEAM, ONE DOVER campaign, so we hope you come and join us.

GRAND DAY PLANNED AT CRABBLE

GRAND DAY PLANNED AT CRABBLE

A GRAND day out is on the cards at Crabble on Saturday, November 19.

The new Family Stand will have its official grand opening ahead of the National League clash with Guiseley.

The celebration will feature as part of the Family and Diversity Day – and there will be so much on offer when the gates open at 12 noon.

FREE hot dogs for kids (limits apply), FREE goodie bags and plenty of pre-match entertainment, including the Vista Twisters Cheerleading Team.

More details about what’s planned will be revealed as the big day approaches!

The club has also given tickets to all 52 Dover district schools to allow students to attend the day and savour the Crabble experience.

The day also represents the launch of our ONE TOWN, ONE TEAM, ONE DOVER campaign.

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