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GPS ARRIVES AT CRABBLE

Whites’ fans might have noticed Dover players sporting some new training equipment in recent weeks.

Thanks to a £4,000 donation from the Dover Athletic Supporters’ Club, presented to Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler and his first-team coaches Darren Hare and Nicky Southall prior to last Saturday’s National League match against Solihull Moors, Athletic’s management team have purchased 20 ‘Catapult’ GPS tracker vests.

The vests, used by 70% of Premier League and Football League sides, as well as 75% of National League clubs, will enable Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler and his team to assess the fitness of the squad.

Darren Hare said: “The vests will give us an indication of the distance players cover during games and will help us manage their workloads.

“It is so important to know if we are working the lads too hard or indeed hard enough during training, so the average workload statistics will help assess how we can help individuals prepare for matches and recover properly.

“They will also give us a distance per minute statistic to show us the effect of substitutes and their impact in matches, as well as help keep their fitness levels up.”

Athletic’s first-team coach concluded:  “I would like to thank the Supporters’ Club massively for their kind support.  The vests have added an extra dimension to the support and feedback the coaching staff can provide the players both in training and after matches.”

STEFAN WINS LEAGUE AWARD

Stefan Milton says he doesn’t volunteer at Dover Athletic to win accolades – he does it because he loves it.

But the media team member couldn’t hide his pride when he was told he’d been named the National League Volunteer of the Month for September.

Stefan has been with the club since October 2016 and he plays a vital role in video editing match highlights and sending them to BT Sport, Scout 7 etc while at the ground every match day.

What makes his dedication even more special is that the 29-year-old has Metatropic dysplasia and is wheelchair-bound.

Stefan, who has missed just one game in his time with us, says he was thrilled to have won the award.

‘’It’s not why you volunteer, but it’s certainly a nice feeling to have won it,’’ the Manchester United and Kevin Lokko fan said.

‘’I think there are lots of other people at the club who deserve to win this award.

‘’We’re all one big team, contributing to the bigger picture, and I am so proud to be part of that.’’

The directors, management, players, staff, volunteers and supporters of Dover Athletic would like to congratulate Stefan on winning the award.

We are extreamly proud of Stefan and the work he does for the football club.

He always has smile on his face and we love having him as part of our important volunteer team.

There is so much work done behind the scenes that people don’t ever see, all on a voluntary basis, which all contribute to the successful running of this club.

WALKING CHALLENGE ENDS AT CRABBLE

Dover fans are being asked to support Kevin Webber’s magnificent walk this week.

Webber, ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, arrived at Crabble on Friday afternoon after walking from Bromley Football Club to our home ground as part of the launch of the MANarama campaign.

His three-day journey started at Bromley on Wednesday and he also visited Welling, Dartford, Ebbsfleet and Maidstone during the challenge.

The football fanatic certainly enjoys a challenge. The torrential rain and wind battering the country is nothing – Let’s not forget in 2014 he was told he was likely to have two years left to live.

More than five years later the 54-year-old is still feeling like there are no life limits.

Webber will be officially ending his quest at Dover on Saturday.

“It’s quite fitting that I ended last season’s journey watching FC Halifax at home to Chesterfield and I will be doing the same this time with them down at Dover.

“Like last year, it’s not a fund-raiser as such, but every penny is always gratefully received.

“I hope a few people see me, take a second to have a chat and if one person goes to the doctor – or whose friend or family member is then encouraged to go to the doctor – then it’s all worth it.

“This is also about getting into clubs, and putting across the message of how important a trip to the doctor is and how speed is so crucial.

“If your club averages say 800 supporters, 100 will come into close contact with the disease. As things stand, 20 of them will die.

“That is a really big number of people. If we can go some way to getting that figure down by a little bit of raising awareness then it’s a fight we’ll win.”

Well done Kevin from all of us at the club!!

 

 

 

NEW GROUP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WHITES

Whites have another team on board for the 2019/20 campaign in the form of ‘The Friends of Dover Athletic’.

The independent group, headed by supporters Paul and Debbie Harrison, will raise funds via various initiatives in order to directly support Dover during the course of the season.

The fundraising has already started in the form of a charity auction to add to signed home shirt raffle that took place during our final home game of the 2018/19 campaign.

There will also be a quiz night in the Centre Spot on Friday 27th September – Should you wish to book in a team, or have any fundraising suggestions of your own, please e-mail friendsofdoverathletic@gmail.com

Entry to the general knowledge quiz is £3 per head with a maximum of eight participants per team.

You can also turn up and join a team on the evening.

 

 

 

GET YOUR BIDS IN

The ‘Friends of Dover Athletic’ are starting an auction on Monday with some excellent items on offer.

To bid for one or more of the below goods, simply e-mail friendsofdoverathletic@gmail.com, including your name and a contact phone number.

You can also bid for your preferred item on home matchdays by seeing either Paul or Debbie Harrison at Crabble.

The auction will run from Monday 29th July until 5 pm on Saturday 14th September.

WATCH THE FIRST TEAM TRAIN – Reserve £50

Two people can visit King’s Hill to watch a first-team training session on a date to be agreed.

TWO VIP PLATINUM CLUB MATCH PASSES – Reserve £50

For a home match with admission to Crabble to be paid.

A PAIR OF RICKY MILLER SIGNED BOOTS – Reserve £100

TRANMERE ROVERS FRAMED PICTURE – Reserve £10

Presented to commemorate our first-ever competitive match at Prenton Park

KENT SENIOR CUP FRAMED PROGRAMME, PENNANT AND ENGRAVED WOODEN SHIELD – Reserve £25.

MARINE AFC PENNANT – Reserve £10

From our FA Trophy match at Crabble in 2018

RYMAN PREMIER WINNING SQUAD SIGNED PHOTO PLUS TROPHY – Reserve £20

RYMAN SOUTH WINNING SQUAD SIGNED PHOTO PLUS TROPHY – Reserve £20

 

SUPPORTERS’ CLUB RAISE FUNDS FOR WHITES

Whites’ were given a financial boost on Thursday courtesy of the Dover Athletic Supporters’ Club.

Supporters’ club chairman Vicky Chambers (Pictured with Dover Athletic Club Secretary Frank Clarke), handed over a cheque for £2,000, taking their total donations raised for Athletic to £5,850 during the course of the 2018/19 National League campaign.

The fund-raising is far from over and the Supporters’ Club are on the lookout for new members!

Visit www.dasc.co.uk for details on how to join, or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doverathleticsc) or Twitter (@DAFCClub).

GOOD FRIDAY EASTER GIVEAWAY

There is eggs-tra incentive to visit Crabble this Friday afternoon!

Dover Athletic and the Dover Athletic Community Trust volunteers have donated eight Easter hampers (Pictured) to be raffled away during half-time of our home match against Aldershot Town.

Home fans will each receive one free raffle ticket entering them into the draw upon arrival at the ground.

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

Looking for ideas to keep your children active over Easter?

Then why not book them on to one of the two 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:

  • Monday 8th April
  • Tuesday 9th April
  • Monday 15th April
  • Tuesday 16th April

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.

COMMUNITY TRUST WEBSITE

Dover Athletic Community Trust is a charity affiliated to Dover Athletic Football Club (reg. charity no. 1179651).

The trust has now launched its own website where you’ll be able to enjoy the progress of our clubs affiliated charity.

All future community events, news articles and programmes will now be published on the trust website and can be found here: https://doverathleticcommunitytrust.org/

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER APPOINTED

We are very pleased to welcome Pat Sutcliffe to our team as our first employee of the Dover Athletic Community Trust.

Pat has a genuine passion to make our trust a massive success in our local communities and has a breadth of experience and a variety of contacts that enables him to fulfil the role.

The success of this role and how we develop our trust will very much be down to the relationships we nurture within our community and beyond and enable us to build a variety of opportunities to invest in and improve the Dover district and its community needs.

I’m sure all involved with Dover Athletic will join us in wishing Pat every success in his new role and support him on this journey.

Pat will very much take the lead on delivery of our community intentions.

This is the start of something potentially very powerful and impactful in our community where we can make a real difference!