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Community News

ENTERTAINING DAY FOR COMMUNITY

Preparations are in full swing for the club’s second Community Day of the season at Crabble on Saturday.

We’ve given 50 tickets to each of the 42 schools in the Dover district who have asked for them to allow students to attend the day and savour the Crabble experience during the National League clash with AFC Fylde.

Our first Community Day saw a bumper crowd of 2,795 attend the clash with Solihull Moors on September 30.

Saturday’s game against promoted AFC Fylde kicks-off at 3pm but the turnstiles will open at noon with plenty of pre-match entertainment is on the menu including:

  • Dance Dynamique will showcase their talents with a  10-minute group dance performance, including 15 adults and 25 kids, at  2pm
  •  A Walking football match
  • A Happy Feet football Match
  • A live singer in the CentreSpot from 1.30pm

To add to the celebrations, there will be FREE goodie bags for the children as well as FREE flags and balloons.

A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into making the day another memorable one at Crabble.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Crabble again.

COYW!!

GET THE VIP TREATMENT

Looking for a new quality way to experience watching a game at Crabble?

Why not get a table of eight together and try out our brand new VIP Platinum Lounge.

The new “VIP PLATINUM CLUB” brings a new level of matchday experience to guests and offers the ultimate season ticket membership with all the benefits of the Premier Club and much more.

All home league games and all cup games are included in the price of the VIP PLATINUM CLUB.

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • Hosted lounge with large TVs and Projector showing the game.
  • Three course meal, served at your table.
  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating.
  • Complementary tea, coffee and mineral water, plus dedicated bar before and after match.
  • Complimentary matchday magazine and team sheet.
  • Reserved Parking in our ‘Premier Club’ parking area.

And as a special one-off for Christmas deal, a table of eight will cost you £500, £50 off the normal price.

If you are interested in finding out more about the special offer or any of the sponsorship packages we have on offer, please get in touch and contact the commercial team on 01304 822373 or email them at commercial@doverathletic.com

You can also call club director Matthew Jaenicke on 07900 690206

All of us here at the club appreciate your support.

WOMEN WALK INTO FOOTBALL

Dover Athletic is giving women aged over 40 a shot at playing walking football at Crabble.

The first session will be held this Sunday, October 15 and the action kicks-off at 10am and finishes at 11.30am.

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

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.

The first five weeks will also be FREE of charge.

So, come along and have a go at playing!

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Make sure you don’t miss the unique opportunity to see one of the legends of British rock music up close and personal when the Strawbs take to the stage in the Centre Spot at Crabble on October 15th.

The special one-off gig is part of the bands European leg of their ‘Hero & Heroine’ tour.

The album of the same name has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘one of the 50 greatest progressive rock albums of all time’ and it is the band’s biggest seller worldwide.

They have sold three million albums worldwide, including Bursting At The Seams,’ ‘Grave New World,’ and the beloved ‘Hero and Heroine,’ since their formation in 1967.

Founder member Dave Cousins, who has been described by All Music Guide as ‘the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England’, is also a personal friend of Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter.

The band, who are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands such as Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues, actually started out 50 years ago as a bluegrass-based trio called the Strawberry Hill Boys.

That same year, the group — now rechristened the Strawbs, and doing repertory well beyond the bounds of bluegrass music.

In 1969, the Strawbs were signed to A&M Records and cut their first album, the acoustic-textured ‘Strawbs,’ that same year.

Since then, the band went on to have seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the United States.

The current Strawbs line-up comprises of Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s.

They will be joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years.

This performance promises to be a remarkable evening spanning Progressive Rock and English Folk across the decades – do NOT miss out!

There will a limited release of tickets for this intimate night.

Tickets are £16 and are available from the reception at Crabble Stadium (open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm) AND online from the DAFC Direct

 

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Football in the Community Team have been very busy delivering quality football coaching to all ages.

With the vital help of our community volunteers, Deb and Paul Harrison, we have been providing a variety of projects to the local community.

Happy Feet Soccer School

The Saturday morning Soccer School is still proving to be very popular. Children between the ages of five to 16 can turn up and join in for just £3 a session and it is not compulsory to turn up every week.

The Community Team delivered nine full days of Soccer fun during the Summer holidays, spanning over three weeks. Coaches and children alike had a great time using their soccer skills as well as their ‘brains’ solving puzzles. No tears were seen during these sessions (well apart from a couple of the male coaches!!)

A big thank you to two of our first team players, Jamie Allen and Kane Richards, for attending, handing out certificates and making the children’s day.

Another thank you goes to Captain Crab who side stepped along to the presentations.

 Walking Football (Men 50+)

This great initiative was set up in February with the help of coaches Graham and Richard who give up their Sunday mornings to work alongside this energetic bunch of chaps (the fun and laughter can be heard for miles).

Its not all fun though, they arrive at the Centre Spot after an hours training and a game of football, for a well earned cup of tea and choccie biscuits along with some social time and a catch up.

Walking Football (Women 40+)

This will be starting in the next few weeks.

Thank You’s

A huge thank you must go to the National League Trust for providing additional funding to help these Community Football services run:

Happy Feet

Walking Football – Men

Walking Football – Women

Summer Soccer Schools

Schools’ Football Tournaments 

Equally, a massive thank you to Nick Cunningham, John Martin and Tom Petters for their kind donations to our community scheme this year.

For any information regarding any of our community projects please contact:

Vikki Pawley – Community Development Manager –  vikki.pawley@doverathletic.com

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND DAY PLANNED AT CRABBLE

COMMUNITY DAY AT CRABBLE

We are busy finalising preparations for the club’s first Community Day of the season at Crabble on Saturday.

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 Solihull Moors.

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

Plenty of pre-match entertainment is planned, including the Vista Twisters Cheerleading Team and a community scheme match on the pitch.

To add to the celebrations, there will be FREE goodie bags for the children as well as FREE flags and balloons.

A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into making the day a memorable one for all involved.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Crabble.

COYW!!

ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY IN THE CENTRE SPOT

Music fans will have a unique opportunity to see one of the legends of British rock music up close and personal when the Strawbs take to the stage in the Centre Spot at Crabble next month.

The special one-off gig at the home of Dover Athletic on Sunday, October 15th, is part of the European leg of their ‘Hero & Heroine’ tour.

The album of the same name has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘one of the 50 greatest progressive rock albums of all time’ and it is the band’s biggest seller worldwide.

They have sold three million albums worldwide, including Bursting At The Seams,’ ‘Grave New World,’ and the beloved ‘Hero and Heroine,’ since their formation in 1967.

Founder member Dave Cousins, who has been described by All Music Guide as ‘the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England’, is also a personal friend of Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter.


The band, who are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands such as Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues, actually started out 50 years ago as a bluegrass-based trio called the Strawberry Hill Boys.

That same year, the group — now rechristened the Strawbs, and doing repertory well beyond the bounds of bluegrass music.

In 1969, the Strawbs were signed to A&M Records and cut their first album, the acoustic-textured ‘Strawbs,’ that same year.

Since then, the band went on to have seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the United States.

The current Strawbs line-up comprises of Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s.

They will be joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years.

This performance promises to be a remarkable evening spanning Progressive Rock and English Folk across the decades – do NOT miss out!

There will a limited release of tickets for this intimate night.

Tickets are £16 and are available from the reception at Crabble Stadium (open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm) AND online from the DAFC Direct

JOIN OUR TEAM

Dover Athletic Football Club are now recruiting for a very special position – the chance to become our new club mascot!

You will be the first point of contact with many of our supporters and will have a natural ability to entertain, whilst building relationships and rapport – primarily with children – during both matchdays and at other community events.

Interaction with the crowd at all times is paramount, and you will need to be reliable, punctual and organised.

A positive attitude to dealing with children and adults is imperative, and you must be capable of working independently whilst meeting a range of responsibilities relating to matchday events such as our new pre-match penalty shoot-out and general fan engagement.

This opportunity is open to adults of all ages and genders, however you must be physically fit and able to work on your feet for several hours at a time in a busy environment whilst maintaining the professional standards we are looking for.

The successful applicant must be between 5”7 and 5”10 tall, and will initially work on a trial period of three months – attending all home fixtures – with a view to paid employment with our community scheme being offered at the end of this term.

You will need to undergo a full CRB check prior to taking on the role.

So, if you are interested in becoming the new ‘face’ of Dover Athletic Football Club then apply now!

Contact the office on 01304 822373 or email commercial@doverathletic.com

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

HAPPY SUMMER DAYS

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

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

Three camps have been organised with 50 places available on each of them, so get in quick!

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

  • Week 1 (7,8,9 August)
  • Week 2 (15,16,17 August) 
  • Week 3 (23,24,25 August) 

The cost is £12 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 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
  • In person to the club office at Crabble

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.

 

 

STRIKE IT LUCKY WITH DAFC

You cannot get much for £1 these days, but you could win £1,000 if you become a member of the club’s Striker Lottery.

For just a £1 a week you will yourself a chance to win cash prizes of up to £1,000 every week and help support your club at the same time.

Not only do you stand a chance of striking it lucky each week but profits from the lottery go towards the club’s income, helping to produce a winning first-team and an extensive youth system.

And if you don’t scoop the top prize, there are also multiple of cash consolation prizes.

How does The Striker work?

If you want more information about becoming a member of The Striker Lottery, call the club office on 01304 822373.

At only £1 a ticket, why not have a go?