Dragons Awards Night & AGM

Last night the Dragons got together to celebrate the end of the 2013-14 season and to look ahead to more fun and football in 2014-15.

We celebrated the work of the outgoing Committee of Ali, Jay, Muzz, Amy and Andrew and voted in the new Committee:

  • Chairperson – Jason Cousins
  • Secretary – Jay Bragg
  • Treasurer – Andrew Charles
  • Football Manager – Ryan McGavock
  • Welfare Officer – Amy Johnson
Dragons 2014-15 Committee

Dragons 2014-15 Committee

Following the voting, we had the traditional Dragons Awards – here is a run down of the winners:

GRUMPIEST PLAYER  – Christian Jones

TOP GOALSCORER – Liam Paget

OWN GOAL OF THE YEAR – Adam Tibbs

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Jay Bragg

MOST INJURY PRONE – Jon Ainsley

MANAGER’S PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Anthony Read

BEST DANCER  – Kevin McKechnie

GOAL OF THE SEASON – Matt Harwood

SOCIAL MONSTER – Kevin McKechnie

LADIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Harriett Bleach

FAVOURITE HOSTS / OPPONENTS – Newcastle Panthers FC

CLUB MAN AWARD – Ali Mahoney

WORST HAIRCUT – Adam Tibbs

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR – Ryan Baker

MOST IMPROVED GOALKEEPER – Ryan Baker

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR – Chris Green

MOST IMPROVED DEFENDER – Adam Tibbs

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR – Matthew Harwood

MOST IMPROVED MIDFIELDER – Andrew Charles

ATTACKER OF THE YEAR – Liam Paget

MOST IMPROVED ATTACKER – Anthony Read

TEAM PLAYER AWARD – Jon Ainsley

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT – Kevin’s arrival to the Newcastle Panthers FC social

PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Liam Paget

Special awards went to Chris Green and Harriet Bleach for being Men’s and Women’s Captains this year. Ali Mahoney won the ‘Humanitarian’ Award for rescuing Jerry when he ran out of petrol.

Well done Dreigiau!!

 

 

LGB and T

Last night, two of the Committee went along to another meeting of the LGBT Sport Cymru group at Sport Wales in Cardiff. The Dragons have been members of this group for about 12 months now, and we sit alongside National Governing Bodies of sport in Wales and other LGBT community groups / organisations who all want to make a different to LGBT sports provision.

The group was established by Sport Wales on the back of some research that they did into the LGB community and sports participation. The research has prompted a number of calls to action by governing bodies and sports clubs, and this group aims to shape some of that action into a strategic, meaningful and focussed approach.

It’s been recognised on the group that up to now we’ve been lacking input from the Trans community. A number of documents are already available to the sports community for advice and guidance, but it’s always better to hear from someone in person.

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Therefore, action was taken to identify a Trans person that could come in and share some knowledge and experience. This is where Delia Johnston comes in. What an inspiring woman. Delia was invited to chat to the group about her experiences of being a Transsexual woman, and also her experiences of sport. She spoke to us for about 30 minutes and highlighted the many physical and mental difficulties she has faced by becoming a woman. We were all pretty transfixed; it was an amazing insight into her life. Delia has set up an organisation called ‘Transsexuals in Sport’ and is in high demand to speak to various organisations, both sporting and non-sporting across the UK.

During the discussion we had, it was apparent that we (the Dragons) use the ‘T’ in LGBT quite freely when we talk about our inclusive club policy, but we don’t actively recruit Trans players. We are wholeheartedly a fully inclusive football club; we pride ourselves on welcoming anyone to join us regardless of any of the equality strands or playing ability. We have a really diverse bunch of players, both male and female who are all committed to ensuring that our club is a truly welcoming environment for anyone that joins. We wonder though, if the Trans community knows that we exist and know that we would be really happy to welcome Trans players to join us. It can be a daunting experience to join a new sports club for anyone, but Delia has opened our eyes to how much more difficult it can be for the Trans community.

Thank you to Delia for the inspiring talk and thank you for nudging us to think about how we position ourselves in the whole LGB and T community. We hope that the Trans community in Wales might be interested in connecting with our club and might be inspired to get in touch by what we do.

If you identify as Trans and are interested in getting to know more about the Dragons then we’d love to hear from you. We have football for all abilities and joining us can be a great way to keep fit and meet new people. We are a really friendly bunch of predominantly L, G, B and some straight players. Perhaps you might like to be our first Trans player?

Find out more about Transsexuals in Sport by visiting Delia’s Facebook page. You can also connect with the LGBT Sport Cymru Facebook page.

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Bright Future Chartered for Wales LGBT Sporting Community

12 June 2014

Key figures across Wales’ sporting community are today celebrating a major step forward in making sport welcoming, safe and free from discrimination as a charter is launched to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.

The charter – today endorsed by Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths on the steps of the Senedd – is a major symbolic commitment to LGBT equality and schools, clubs and national governing bodies from across Wales are being urged to sign up.

Those that do sign up will be committing to a vision of a thriving LGBT sporting community within Wales where individuals feel welcome, safe and free from discrimination. The charter also asserts a zero tolerance approach to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

It has been drafted by the LGBT Sport Cymru Network which was established by Sport Wales in the wake of research conducted in partnership with Stonewall Cymru in a bid to better understand the sporting experiences of Wales’ LGBT communities.

The research revealed encouraging findings with 94% of the respondents having taken part in sport in the last 12 months. Of those that had taken part in sport over the last 12 months, three quarters of lesbian, gay and bisexual people heard homophobic banter with a third experiencing exclusion from their sport of choice.

However it also highlighted that 72% of those asked said they would be more likely to participate in a club if it was marketed as LGBT friendly and organised its activities on this basis.

The network is comprised of organisations including Stonewall Cymru, Mardi Gras as well as sports bodies such as the WRU and FAW.

Chair of LGBT Sport Cymru Network Helen Adams, explains:

“What we have achieved in a short space of time is far-reaching. We have major players around the table who are committed to positive action. We have started to recruit role models to help us promote the opportunities available in sport and physical activity and to make the LGBT community feel more welcome. We have had a great response so far but we still have a long journey ahead.”

“The charter is a major step forward – it is a huge statement of intent and really sets out what we want to achieve collectively across Wales. We are now urging schools, clubs and national governing bodies to sign up and support us in embracing the LGBT community right across the sports sector.

Culture and Sport Minister, John Griffiths said: “I congratulate the LGBT Sport Cymru Network on the outstanding work they have undertaken in producing this Charter. I believe a zero tolerance approach to homophobia and transphobia in sport will ensure that LGBT communities have access to all sporting arenas and feel safe, welcome and free from discrimination.”

The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, said: “The Welsh Rugby Union is proud to be a signatory of this very important charter which pledges us all to protect the inclusivity of our various sports.

“Welsh rugby is remarkably free of prejudice.  However we will continue to work hard to ensure our sport always offers a warm welcome to everyone who wants to take part either as a player, coach, administrator, volunteer or supporter.

“Many people in Wales will have heard of the Cardiff Lions team which champions the involvement of gay men in rugby and initiatives such as this are important as real evidence of our commitment to the charter.”

Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales, explains;

“We want every child, young person and adult hooked on sport in Wales and we mean ‘every’ – we cannot and must not lose a generation of people to sport because they don’t feel welcome. As a modern, forward thinking sector, sport can make a difference. The sector must make sport inclusive, welcoming and a safe place. We can all take stock and think about what we can do differently and, when appropriate, challenge the behaviour of others where it falls short.”

Andrew White from Stonewall Cymru:

“We know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people in Wales are more likely to get involved in sport when clubs make a visible commitment to equality.

“The benefits of taking part in sport are undeniable.  Given our history and aspirations as a sporting nation there is every reason for local clubs and national governing bodies to sign up to this charter. We hope this is the starting pistol in a drive to clear the sometimes stubborn hurdles to true equality in sport.”

To read the research findings and the charter, please visit www.sportwales.org.uk/lgbreport

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Cardiff Dragons FC is proud to be a a part of the LGBT Sport Cymru Network which has made fantastic progress in the past few months. We were invited along to the PR launch and took the opportunity to meet the Minister for Culture and Sport ourselves, along with one of our Unity Cup trophies.

The Dragons meet the Minister

The Dragons meet the Minister

Unity Cup – Tournament Day 2

Day 2 of our event – make sure you book time off work if you need to so that you can represent the Dragons in this one-off event!

Date: Saturday 14th June

Time: 9:30am

Venue: Pontcanna, Cardiff

What to wear: Dragons shirts.

This event is followed by the Tournament Party during the evening!

Our lovely Unity Cup logo

Our lovely Unity Cup logo