Joining the Dragons – Ali’s Story

At the Dragons, we know how difficult it can be to pluck up the courage to join a new club; it can be a bit scary coming along and meeting people for the first time. We’ve all got our own personal stories about how we joined the Dragons, so we thought we’d share a few in the hope that some of you might be inspired to come along and join us too!

Ali M

Home town: Solihull, West Mids

Joined the Dragons: 2011

“I can’t remember how I first came across the Dragons but I was playing hockey at the time and wanted to take up football again. I emailed the club to ask about training times and days and I got a really friendly message back from the Football Manager. I remember planning on going to training but I put it off a couple of times as I was too nervous. This seems crazy when I look back, but it can be hard to join something new. On the night that I did go along to training I remember feeling really nervous and I sheepishly made my way around to the 5-a-side pitch at Gol where they all were. I don’t know what I was worried about because everyone was brilliant – really welcoming. To be honest, as soon as you kick a ball, the nerves all disappear.

I enjoyed it so much that I never really left and ended up volunteering for the club on a few things. I’ve been all over the UK with the Dragons on away trips to play and support, and have had some of the best social nights out (the ones that I can remember). The club is like a little family; everyone looks out for eachother and being gay isn’t an issue as this club is all about providing opportunities for the LGBT community and breaking down barriers locally. I think this is what makes it feel like a little family. If you’re thinking about joining, just do it. You have nothing to fear, we’ve all been there before and will make sure you’re fine and have a great time on and off the pitch”