Dragons Weekly Bulletin

News

Committee: A big congratulations to John Bladen on being co-opted onto the committee as the Finance and Fundraising Secretary. This is a very important role for the club and I am sure John will be fantastic at the job. He has lots of great ideas that should help the club achieve more of its aims. If anyone has any suggestions on possible fundraising ideas, please get in touch with him. Also, Anthony Read has been appointed as temporary Secretary up until the EGM of 21st Feb.

EGM: You all should of received an email on Saturday regarding this. An EGM has been called for the 21st Feb, before the London Falcons game. This is to ratify a new Management Policy and to elect a new secretary. The application forms for this role were attached to that email. If you did not receive this then please get in touch ( pressmarketing@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk ) and I will send you out one. If you would like more information regarding the role, please get in contact with anyone from the committee who will be happy to help.

From the football management team: “David Keith and Darrin Hughes have officially been appointed as coaches and will be helping Jason, Dave A and Murray in future training sessions. Please treat them with respect (as you always do) and feel free to work with them in order to help your game. Due to increasing numbers we felt it best to expand the coaching team in order to enable training sessions to run smoothly and in order to support and help the players progress as footballers”

The Fantasy Football: A big congratulations to Anthony Read (ME!!) for having the highest score this week with a huge 85 points!! Ed  however, is still out of sight in first place. Also, both me and Ed are tied in first place on the Six Nations Prediction Game, having guessed the outcome correctly for all three of this weekends matches.

Social

It has been a slow January after Christmas and what with the weather but now we are gonna kick start the socials again. This weekend Cardiff Dragons will be celebrating Valentines Day with a anti-valentines dinner,all single members (and couples!!) are invited to attend a curry night followed by a night in town.

This week, Jason led a Cardiff Dragons Quiz team at the Monday night quiz at Kings Cross. The team finished an impressive 2nd place!! We think this could be a fun venture and would like to make it a regular thing, so we invite all members to attend any week they are available. The quiz starts around 9pm, but the plan is to meet at 8pm.

Finally, we are going to have a coffee night at A Shot In The Dark, on City Road, on 24th March. More details nearer the time.

Please get in touch with Richie Jones( welfaresocial@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk ) for more information or to put forward your ideas and suggestions for future socials.

Fundraising

Valentines day is this Sunday (Don’t Forget!!). If you are struggling to buy your other half or your secret love a gift them why not go online and buy them something through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cdfc .You can register free, select Cardiff Dragons Football Club as the organisation you wish to support and shop at all your favourite online shops. A donation is made to the club from the shop with every purchase you make at no extra cost to yourself.

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Training

Wednesday 10th February 2010 – 9pm – Cardiff Dragons FC Training @ Sophia Gardens

Training continues on Wednesday at Sophia Gardens this week, though we will be going back to Thursdays soon, so please remember to check this weekly e-mail for details. Training officially begins at 9:30pm but we ask that people aim to get there for 9pm so that we can start early if possible.

It has also been agreed to introduce 5-a-side training on a Thursday night every 4 weeks or so, to be held at a venue TBC. With the aim to eventually provide 5-a-side training on a Tuesday night and 11-a-side training on Thursday night.

Sunday 14th February 2010 – 1pm – Cardiff Dragons FC Training @ Blackweir Fields

Sunday training also continues at Blackweir Fields at 1pm, turnout has been excellent of late so please continue to attend and enjoy.

Fixtures

Sunday 21st February 2010 – GFSN League: Cardiff Dragons FC v London Falcons @ Cardiff

Availability forms are now out and need to be returned to Murray (afm11s@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk) by Sunday 14th February. There are still a lot of people to complete their forms so please get them in now. The form is attached for those who need to fill them out.

Sunday 20th February 2010 – Exeter 5-a-side Tournament

The decision has been made by the club not to enter a team for this tournament, hopefully next year we will be able to take part in this competition and bring home some more silverware.

Sunday 14th March 2010 – Leeds 5-a-side Tournament

A message from Dave Amos ( afm5s@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

“Hello Dragons,

In just under 5 weeks we have our first 5 a side tournament of 2010. What we are trying to do is give you plenty of warning to start thinking about whether you wish to attend. Realistically its probably best to go up on the Saturday and stay over night ready for the tournament on the Sunday, but I realise not every member can achieve that so if you wanted to travel up on Sunday let us know and we will try our best to help.

With an over night stay there is a cost but we will try and get the best deals available for transport and accommodation so get saving the pennies now.

I would love as many members as possible to attend hopefully 2 or 3 teams and make the tournament enjoyable for all whether it be you want to be competitive or be part of a social team but we can only achieve both of those goals if enough members attend.

So please have a think about it now and we will have the usual forms out within the week to 10 days.

Dave Amos (Ass Manager 5’s)”

Availability forms are now out for the Leeds 5-a-side tournament weekend, the estimated costs for staying over should be around £20-30 minibus and £15-20 hotel, these will be considerably cheaper if we decide to travel on the day. The deadline for returning forms for this tournament is Sunday 28th February 2010

Sunday 4th April 2010 – GFSN League: Edinburgh Hotscots v Cardiff Dragons FC @ Edinburgh

The date of this match has been confirmed as Sunday 4th April. We will be travelling up on Saturday and returning on Monday (2 nights). We have decided to take a minibus for this trip as it will keep costs down. Big thanks to Amy who has volunteered to do the driving for this event.

We are encouraging people to support the minibus as the more people we can get onto it, the cheaper it will be. The expected cost of the minibus will be £30 each (if full) and the expected cost of accommodation will be £48. We have put a firm deadline of those interested of Sunday 28th February for notification to the club and to submit a deposit of £25. This should be a really good event, its a long journey but we will have a very good time and going on past away trips everybody will enjoy the experience.

31st July – 7th August 2010 – Gay Games: Cologne

The decision has been made by the club not to enter a team for this tournament, we will be working at getting the club to next years tournament. If individuals are interested in travelling to Cologne and either supporting or participating in the tournament, they will need to make their own arrangements, but we hope we will be able to find teams for individuals to play for. Please contact Murray (afm11s@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk) or Ray (chairperson@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk) for further details.

Have an awesome week!!

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!

Anthony Read

Press & Marketing

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