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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VACANCY

Dover Athletic Community Trust is seeking to appoint a Community Development Officer to develop and deliver an innovative and compressive community programme aimed at establishing permanent and sustainable links with all members of the local community.

The successful candidate will also coordinate and grow established projects,while actively establishing new projects.

The role is for 24 hours per week and includes some weekend working.

There is a competitive rate of pay dependant on experience and a full job description can be found HERE

To join the team and make a real difference to the local community, please apply in writing enclosing a full CV and details of your salary expectations to simon.gretton@doverathletic.com

Deadline for applications is November 8th 2018.

Dover Athletic Community Trust is the official charity of Dover Athletic Football Club and will deliver creative, innovative and diverse engagement initiatives using the power of Dover Athletic to motivate, educate and inspire people in communities to improve life chances.

The vision – for children, young people and adults within our community to be confident, active, healthy and able to determine and achieve their own personal goals and aspirations.

The mission – to enhance people’s lives by using the unique strength of Dover Athletic Football Club to engage, enable and empower people.

 

 

 

#MANarama National League campaign comes to an end

The ground-breaking #MANarama campaign, which saw the fifth and sixth tiers of English Football make football history through a mid-season re-brand, came to an end on Non-League Day and raised a total of £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Vanarama, the UK’s leading commercial vehicle leasing company, powered the fundraising drive by sacrificing its naming rights for the National League, together with a vehicle leasing initiative, ‘lease a van save a man’, which ran throughout September and October.

A cheque for £150,000 was presented at the flagship BT Sport televised game for Non-League day between FC Halifax and Chesterfield. The presentation took place ahead of the game when ultra-marathon hero Kevin Webber, who had just completed seven walking marathons in seven days, was given a guard of honour by both sets of teams.

The £150,000 was raised by Vanarama in just 43 days by donating £50 for every vehicle it leased from the start of September until Non-League day on October 13th.

Within that time a staggering 688 men would have died from prostate cancer, highlighting just how important it is that more men are made aware of the most common cancer in men. Prostate Cancer UK became the National League’s first official charity partner for the 2018/19 season and this year’s Non-League Day was given added significance by the presence of Webber.

Diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2014 and told he could have as little as two years left to live, the remarkable Webber has raised thousands for the charity in a series of epic endurance events and in the build-up to Non-League Day he walked more than 180 miles from Blyth Spartans to FC Halifax Town.

In total, he visited 10 National League clubs, hand-delivering unique captains’ armbands to be worn by all MANarama teams on Non-League Day. The bright orange band, which includes the iconic Prostate Cancer UK logo, illustrated the clubs’ united stand against the most common cancer in men.

Also joining the fight was Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Jeff Stelling, who posed with one of the armbands alongside Hartlepool United skipper Andrew Davies ahead of their clash at Leyton Orient.

National League Chief Executive Michael Tattersall, who walked alongside Webber in the final day of his challenge, said: “We’re delighted at the response of our temporary – and historic – rebranding to the MANarama National League over the past six weeks and it’s wonderful to see so much money and awareness raised to aid the fight against prostate cancer.

“We are proud to have Prostate Cancer UK as our first ever charity partner and look forward to working with them more going forward.

“This deadly disease has no boundaries, so it’s been incredibly inspiring to see Kevin Webber raise so much awareness within many of our membership. He’s a remarkable man doing remarkable things and we will continue to stand alongside him and everyone affected by prostate cancer.”

 Andy Alderson, Vanarama CEO and Founder said: “At Vanarama we’re thrilled with the amount of money we’ve been able to raise for Prostate Cancer UK. The MANarama campaign brought together three great organisations with one main goal – to raise awareness and funds in the fight against the most common cancer in men.

“We’ve managed to get to this total because of our wonderful Vanarama customers, and if you’ve leased a van from us in the last 45 days, you have helped save a man. Hopefully the money donated to Prostate Cancer UK can play a small part in one day beating this truly terrible disease.”

 Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled with the continued success of Non-League Day, and to pick up a cheque from Vanarama for £150,000 is a wonderful end to this campaign.

“In many ways, there was no better person to collect it on our behalf than the extraordinary Kevin Webber. He’s no stranger to extreme activities, and by embarking on an epic 10-club excursion in the north of the country he’s selflessly spread a powerful and personal message about this deadly disease, utilising the power of football and the communities that bring those clubs to life.

“Kevin is an inspiration and we also thank the National League for making us their first ever charity partners and everyone who has embraced the brilliant MANarama campaign that has caught the imagination so much.

“There is real momentum building now in the fight against this disease, and the vital next step is to work towards a screening programme to catch more prostate cancers early and save more lives. Thanks to this exciting campaign we can move a step closer to making this a reality.”

ENJOY VIP EXPERIENCE AT CRABBLE

We would like to offer a very special experience to all our supporters.

For our home game against Hartlepool United on Saturday 24th November 2018, we will be offering passes to the new VIP Platinum Suite for only £20 per person. Platinum Suite for only £20.00 per person.

VIP Platinum Suite for only £20.00 per person.

Current season ticket holders can purchase these passes in advance until Friday 5th October 2018, before the offer is opened up to all Dover fans.

This price does NOT include entry for non-season ticket holders who do attend, and they will still need to pay entry on the turnstile on the day.

The experience includes:

  • Butler hosted lounge with large TVs and projector showing the game

  • Three course meal, served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus dedicated paid bar before and after match

  • Complimentary matchday magazine & team sheet

  • Man of the Match competition and presentation

Arrival at the ground should be for 1pm and food will be served at 1.30pm.

There are only 64 spaces available, so all tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The dress code for this event is smart casual however, on this occasion, we will allow DAFC football shirts.

To buy your passes please contact the club on 01304 822373, email commercial@doverathletic.com, or call into the office.

We very much look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to experience the new facilities at the club.

RAISING MONEY FOR PROSTATE CANCER

Our walking football sessions during September will be open to everyone (Aged 18 and over).

Each session costs £3 and all fees will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

Sessions take place every Sunday at Crabble from 10am until 11:30am.

OFFICIAL CHARITY LAUNCHED

DOVER ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST is the official charity of Dover Athletic FC.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that DOVER ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST has been incorporated and was awarded charitable status by the Charity Commission on 23rd August 2018.

This is the next step in the evolution of Dover Athletic’s community initiatives. As a result of the football club’s membership of the National League the new trust is affiliated to the National League Trust, who in turn are supported by the respective Premier League and EFL Trusts.

The trust will deliver creative, innovative and diverse engagement initiatives using the power of Dover Athletic to motivate, educate and inspire people in communities to improve life chances.

The vision – for children, young people and adults within our community to be confident, active, healthy and able to determine and achieve their own personal goals and aspirations.

The mission – to enhance people’s lives by using the unique strength of Dover Athletic Football Club to engage, enable and empower people.

A board of trustees has been established to run the DOVER ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST.

The football club is represented by two members of the club board, being Jim Parmenter and the trust’s newly appointed Chairman, Simon Gretton.

Our independent trustees are John Sheather (Treasurer), Vikki Pawley (Safeguarding) and Jade Jaenicke (Secretary).

The team together bring a breadth of knowledge, excitement and expectation to make a real difference to our local community in Dover and the surrounding villages.

ENJOY VIP EXPERIENCE AT CRABBLE

We would like to offer a very special experience to all our current season ticket holders.

For our home game against Solihull Moors on Saturday 15th September 2018, we will be offering passes to the new VIP Platinum Suite for only £20, yes, only £20, per person. Platinum Suite for only £20.00 per person.

VIP Platinum Suite for only £20.00 per person.

Only current season ticket holders can purchase these passes, but there will be no limit on numbers and they can be purchased for non-season ticket holders to attend with the purchaser.

This price does NOT include entry for non-season ticket holders who do attend, and they will still need to pay entry on the turnstile on the day.

The experience includes:

  • Butler hosted lounge with large TVs and projector showing the game

  • Three course meal, served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus dedicated paid bar before and after match

  • Complimentary matchday magazine & team sheet

  • Man of the Match competition and presentation

Arrival at the ground should be for 1pm and food will be served at 1.30pm.

There are only 64 spaces available, so all tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The dress code for this event is smart casual however, on this occasion, we will allow DAFC football shirts.

To buy your passes please contact the club on 01304 822373, email commercial@doverathletic.com, or call into the office.

We very much look forward to wecloming as many of you as possible to experience the new facilities at the club.

TEEING UP FOR CHARITY

A team representing Dover Athletic hit the fairways and greens of Canterbury Golf Club in aid of Donations With A Difference, a charity run by six voluntary trustees, one of which is the club’s Finance Director, Simon Gretton.

The event raised a fantastic £12K which will go to the charities grant fund https://dwad.org/

We are proud to announce that as the new season starts it will also welcome in the inception of the Dover Athletic Community Trust.

The trust will host a few events to launch and raise funds explicitly for the community initiatives of the next 12 months.

One of these will be our first DACT Charity Golf Day at Canterbury Golf Club.on 11th September.

If you are interested to enter a team please contact Simon at simon.gretton@doverathletic.com

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

SUMMER SOCCER SCHOOLS

Looking for ideas to keep your children active in the summer holidays?

Then why not book them on to one of the three Happy Feet Soccer School coaching camps we are hosting at Crabble.

The camps, which will cater for youngsters aged from five to 16, will be run from 10am – 3pm on the following dates:

  • Week 1 (30, 31 July and 1 August)
  • Week 2 (7, 8, 9 August) 
  • Week 3 (15, 16, 17 August) 

The cost is £15 per child, per day and bookings are subject to availability and places are only guaranteed upon receipt of full payment.

Application forms are available in the club office at Crabble or can be downloaded HERE

Completed forms should be returned in person to the club office at Crabble – the office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

You also email your form to vikki.pawley@doverathletic.com or give it, along with payment, to one of our community staff at the Happy Feet sessions on Saturday.

Application forms can also be posted to Vikki Pawley, Dover Athletic Football Club, Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0JB, but please do not include cash – you will be contacted to process the payment over the telephone.

INFO FOR PARENTS/CARERS

Children should arrive no earlier than 9.50am for registration.

They will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks – there will be a ‘tuck shop’ available at lunch time.

Shin pads must be worn at all times while spare/warm clothing is advised should we have bad weather as well as sun cream and a hat should the weather be sunny.

 

 

 

PREVIEW: WHITES V GATESHEAD

Play-off chasing Dover will be aiming to continue their impressive home record against the Heed in front of a bumper Community Day crowd this weekend.

Chris Kinnear’s men have won three consecutive matches against the Tyne & Wear side at Crabble since promotion to the National League in 2014.

Gateshead are yet to score at Dover’s ground in three attempts, although Athletic boss Chris Kinnear will be wary of two of Gateshead’s dangermen this weekend.

Strikers Jordan Burrows and Danny Johnson have scored 10 league goals apiece this season for Steve Watson’s team.

The Dover Athletic end-of-season awards presentation will take place in the Centre Spot at 5.15pm.

GATESHEAD’S RECENT FORM

17/04/18:  ALDERSHOT 1-0 GATESHEAD

Scott Rendell’s strike just before half-time was enough to send the Shots up to third in the table.

The striker pounced on Jim Kellerman’s dangerous cross to fire in the game’s only goal.

Gary Waddock’s men had already hit the woodwork twice, including visiting keeper James Montgomery touching Matt McClure’s long range strike onto the post.

McClure blazed over as Town tried to extend their lead, but the home side held on to claim the three points.

PREVIOUS MEETING

21/10/17:  GATESHEAD 0-0 DOVER

Dover stayed top of the league ladder after battling to a goalless draw in windy conditions at the International Stadium.

Luke Hannant struck the bar once in each half for the hosts as Kinnear’s men held on for a point in Gateshead manager Steve Watson’s first home game in charge.

With the wind in their favour before the break, Heed midfielder Hannant blazed over and Jordan Preston dragged wide, with both efforts coming from outside the area.

Bird blazed over Mitch Pinnock’s accurate cross from close range, but it was Gateshead who went closest midway through the half.

Paddy McLaughlin’s ball into the penalty area found Hannant in space and the midfielder’s volley looped over Mitch Walker and bounced off the underside of the bar into the grateful arms of Dover’s keeper.

Hannant then struck an effort inches past the wrong side of the post and in a rare Athletic attack at the other end of the pitch, Pinnock fired into the side-netting after beating Newcastle loanee Callum Williams for pace.

An unmarked Giancarlo Gallifuoco headed Mitch Brundle’s corner well wide and Dover’s skipper then curled a free-kick into Dan Hanford’s arms.

And Whites were almost flying back home to Kent without a point after Gateshead hit the woodwork for a second time.

Hannant rose highest to meet Jordan Burrows’ cross, but his header struck the crossbar and bounced out of play, much to the relief of Walker.

OTHER MEETINGS

01/04/17:  Dover 2-0 Gateshead

08/10/16:  Gateshead 4-2 Dover

13/02/16:  Dover 4-0 Gateshead

TICKET NEWS

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17

Over 60’s: £14

Under 18s: £8

Under 11s: Free

COVERAGE

The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 2pm.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick off 3pm unless stated)

AFC FYLDE V SOLIHULL MOORS

ALDERSHOT TOWN V BARROW

BROMLEY V BOREHAM WOOD

CHESTER V MAIDSTONE UNITED

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V MAIDENHEAD UNITED

EASTLEIGH V MACCLESFIELD TOWN (12:30)

EBBSFLEET UNITED V SUTTON UNITED

FC HALIFAX TOWN V TRANMERE ROVERS

GUISELEY V WOKING

HARTLEPOOL UNITED V TORQUAY UNITED

LEYTON ORIENT V WOKING

AWAY TRAVEL

There is a coach going to Woking at 9:15am on Saturday 28th April and it’s not too late to book your seat on it.

Costs are: Adult members £15, adult non-members £30 and accompanied child (Under 16) £10

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or via bank transfer.

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

EASTER HOLIDAY CAMPS

Thinking of ideas to keep your children active in the Easter holidays?

Why not book them on a Happy Feet Soccer School coaching camp at Crabble.

Two camps have been organised and bookings are subject to availability and places are only guaranteed upon receipt of full payment – so get in quick!

The camps, which will cater for ages from five to 16, will run from 10am – 3pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 4th April 2018 and Wednesday 11th April 2018

The price is £15 per child, per day.

Application forms are available in the club office at Crabble or here

Completed forms should be sent back via one of the following methods:

  • Email to vikki.pawley@doverathletic.com
  • Post to Vikki Pawley, Dover Athletic Football Club, Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0JB but please DO NOT send cash in the post. 
  • In person to the club office at Crabble – Office opening times are Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm.
  • To one of our community staff at the Saturday morning Happy Feet football sessions.

You will be notified by email or text message once your booking is successful.

Payments by debit or credit card will have a charge of 50p.

Information for parents

Children should arrive no earlier than 9.50am for registration on the day and they 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 the weather be sunny.

There will be a ‘tuck shop’ available at lunch time.