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Clubs like Dukinfield Tigers could not operate without the services of a number of committed volunteers. We are not a business, but a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Despite having successful teams in most age groups we still need a number of volunteers to ensure that we can offer football to all age ranges.

The following Q&As might just inspire some of you out there to join our ranks…….

Do I need previous experience?

No. You just need to like football and be willing to work at it. We can place you alongside more experienced coaches at first to get you started. Many of our coaches started out as parents turning up for sessions with their children.

Do you offer training / coaching badges?

We do, in fact we insist on it. All our teams have a coach trained to FA Level 1 which includes safeguarding and emergency first aid. The club pays for this, but you will need to allocate some time to do it.

Whether or not your own children are in the team that you coach, volunteering and coaching brings huge benefits. It’s a great way to start on your coaching badges, if that’s what you want. It’s a great way to meet other people and keep your own fitness up at the same time. Seeing the young people develop their skills and teamwork brings great rewards! Research has also shown that volunteering can have positive impacts on happiness, mood, self-esteem and mental health. One study in 1988 found that half of volunteers questioned said that volunteering gave them a ‘high feeling’ something which they dubbed, ‘the helper’s high‘.

What do I do next?

Whether you can offer to support an existing team or lead a new team for many years, please get in touch! Tell us what you want to do and what support you may need. Go on, give it a go!

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Achievements in Coaching

U10s Lee Bolton-PASS

Lee Bolton

The club is proud to congratulate one of our voluntary football coaches Lee Bolton on successfully qualifying as a FA licensed level 2 coach. Over the last year Lee has been working tirelessly towards his FA Level 2 in coaching award. 

Lee joined the club in 2016 and is the coach of our Under 9”s and Under 10’s boys team. On top of that Lee is also the clubs Kit Manager, and he is one of our Welfare Officers.

Lee was also an integral part of the development of our new Under 9’s and Under 10’s Stripes teams.

From behalf of everyone at the club we would like to say a big well done on such a great achievement and also how proud we are to have Lee at the club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glasses Update – New Club Partnership

Dear Parents/Carers,

As some of you may be aware recently the FA sent out an updated guidance policy regarding players wearing glasses. The guideline stated that players wearing everyday glass lenses and metal frames may be stopped from playing by the referee as instructed by the FA and a number of our junior football leagues.

Although this decision has come into play midway through the season we understand the safety aspect of the guideline and support the introduction of sports glasses throughout football at our club

We at Dukinfield Tigers have made a commitment to ensure all our players are happy, safe, and are given equal opportunities within the club to play football with the freedom to enjoy and express themselves. We also understand that everyone’s financial circumstances are different and should no way impact the options we have for each child.

Over the last week we have looked at many options and are happy to announce a new partnership with a local opticians. The partnership will see a discounted price on all sports glassed for any Dukinfield Tigers player. 20-20 Saddleworth offer a variety of different coloured sports goggles made with polycarbonate lenses that come complete with both the strap and strap connectors for the discounted price of £99.95 or £69.95 if a child is due an eye test *(price may vary with a higher then standard prescription)

If anyone is interested or would like further information please contact our welfare officer Hayley on 07854401127 alternately if you would like to discuss your options with 20-20 Saddleworth opticians please contact Mark Garside on 01457872020

A sample of the sports glasses are available to view should anyone wish to. If anyone does please feel free to go and see Nick at training.20-20 Saddleworth

Services to Grassroots football

Jackie Brook

U15s Jackie Brook-PASS

After roughly 16 years at the club Jackie Brook has taken the decision to step down from her position as club Secretary.

Jackie came to the club back in 2004 with her son Josh who started playing for our then under 11’s team. After making an impact with the players, coaches and committee members Jackie soon made the leap into taking her FA level 1 coaching badge and started running two of our junior football teams.

Jackie then made the massive commitment to start helping Jackie Woodcock as Vice Treasure, which quickly lead to her taking the role of club Secretary. Jackie has been integral in keeping the club running over the past 16 years. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer giving up her own time (even when her son stopped playing at the club) to help ensure the generations of young footballers had a place to play and enjoy themselves.

On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to thank Jackie for everything she has done for the club and would like to give her the opportunity to take a very well earned rest, but this isn’t goodbye as Jackie will still be helping as Vice Treasure at the club.