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Community News

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.

 

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

I can announce that I have now submitted our full application for membership to the English Football League (EFL) as I believe we now meet all of the required criteria and await their response in the near future.

The position we are in is the culmination of 12 years hard work and major investment into our Crabble stadium.

In the last two years you have seen a new Family Stand, containing dressing rooms and official’s facilities that fully meet requirements, as well as the safety control room, the installation of over 50 cameras, renewal of our public address system and the inclusion of our disabled viewing platform with lift.

This was followed by new floodlights to provide the LUX values required by the EFL and a new executive lounge with a new entrance behind the Centre Spot to provide much needed VIP facilities.

The latest addition, finished only last week, are new safety barriers required because if promoted we will not be able to use the flat standing areas behind the goals.

The barriers were required to increase capacity to the terraced areas in order to meet minimum membership requirements for the EFL.

With the exception of the grant for the family stand, these improvements have been largely financed by myself and my wife Sally with a little help from sponsors, but could not have been achieved without a great deal of practical help from,  in particular, Neil Cook and John Heath – my sincere thanks to them.

I would also like to thank our Consultant Engineer Simon Oakley and Mark Duly from Kent Fire and Rescue for their assistance.

It has also been a challenge to ensure we have medical staff with the required qualifications and we welcome back to the Club Paul Wilson as head Physiotherapist.

Paul is eminently qualified and comes to us having obtained Football League experience.

We now have a fantastic team of three Doctors led by Dr Cox and my thanks go to him Dr Gregory and Dr Cardwell for their support.

I also welcome Chris Fudge who is now assisting us in the requirement for a trained Paramedic.

Many of these requirements will no doubt be a surprise to the majority of supporters but the rules for membership are stringent and are rigorously enforced.

Without compliance we would not be eligible for the play-offs, let alone promotion.

Of course we are only in this position because of the fantastic exploits of our team on the pitch and the Management Staff.

They deserve many accolades and these will be forthcoming as the business end of the season progresses.

But most of all they deserve the support of the Town, so please get your friends up to Crabble to roar the Team over the line.

It is a great pity that we now read that Chester FC are reporting financial difficulties and that they join Hartlepool United in facing an uncertain future.

It is a mystery to me how a club receiving an £800,000  plus parachute payment can be in this position, but there we are.

It is important to remind supporters of the financial reality of running Clubs at this level particularly when competing with the Clubs with larger bankrolls.

In our case, we do not have the largest budget, nor do we have the smallest, but we have moved into a phase where some players are full-time and require 52-week contracts.

We have to keep, our feet on the ground and not let the “red mist” descend or we will soon be in the same position as the Clubs mentioned above.

So please, when discussing which player we should sign this week or next week try and consider where the money is coming from.

There is no point having players to win things if the facilities mean that you can’t be promoted, several Clubs will experience that pain this year.

To put into context the cost of watching football at our level and Dover Athletic in particular, an average gate receipt after deducting V.A.T. at 20% and match day costs will pay approximately half of that week’s wages, so all the other running costs plus a great deal of the wage bill rely on sponsorship and frankly my support.

We want success and I know our supporters want success, but without income and people coming through the gates on a match day that task requires a massive leap of faith on my part.

I ask everyone to try and do their bit you can all make a big difference if you can get just one person to join you on match days.

Thanks for reading and best wishes to you all.

Jim

COMMUNITY DAY TODAY

We will host our third Community Day of the season today.

We’ve given 50 tickets to every school in the Dover district to allow students to attend the day and savour the Crabble experience during the National League clash with Guiseley.

The game kicks-off at 3pm but Community Day sees the turnstiles open at noon.

There will be goody bags, flags and balloons for the children.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Crabble.

COYW!!

PREVIEW: WHITES V AFC FYLDE

It’s the second Community Day of the season at Crabble on Saturday and Whites will be aiming to win once again in front of a bumper crowd.

The first such day saw 2,795 fans see Ryan Bird head home a late winner against Solihull Moors back in September and Chris Kinnear’s side go into the game unbeaten in six home matches.

It will also be the first meeting between Dover and newly-promoted Fylde.

The Coasters won the National League North last season and following a rocky start in non-league’s top tier, have hit form in recent weeks with five wins from their last six matches in all competitions.

And this weekend’s clash also sees the division’s top two goalscorers take the field.

Danny Rowe leads the way with ten goals, with Athletic’s Bird just one behind on nine.

AFC FYLDE’S RECENT FORM

AFC FYLDE 2-0 TORQUAY

Danny Rowe’s brace saw AFC Fylde gain three points at the expense of the Gulls at Mill Farm.

The home side had the lead when a poor clearance following Henry Jones’ corner fell for Rowe to slot in.

Luke Young’s free kick almost had the visitors level, but the ball deflected off debutant Andy Mangan and onto the post.

Rowe soon smashed in his second to put the game out of reach of Gary Owers men.

TICKET NEWS

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £17
Over 60’s – £14
Under 18’s – £8
Under 11’s (With an accompanying adult) – 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)

CHESTER V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE (12:30)
ALDERSHOT TOWN V WREXHAM
BARROW V BROMLEY
BOREHAM WOOD V WOKING
EBBSFLEET UNITED V HARTLEPOOL UNITED
FC HALIFAX TOWN V EASTLEIGH
GUISELEY V SUTTON UNITED
MAIDENHEAD UNITED V MACCLESFIELD TOWN
SOLIHULL MOORS V GATESHEAD
TORQUAY UNITED V LEYTON ORIENT
TRANMERE ROVERS V MAIDSTONE UNITED

AWAY TRAVEL

There is a coach travelling to Bromley on Saturday 2nd December and it’s not too late to book a seat on it.

Prices are as follows:

Adult members £15, adult non-members £30 and accompanied child (Under 16) £5

There is also a coach going to Wrexham on Saturday 23rd December and the costs are:

Adult members £30, adult non-members £45 and accompanied child (Under 16) £15

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat, or see him in the Centre Spot after the match against Fylde.

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