Category: Events

U8-U13s KDFC Summer Football Programme 2015

Football Summer School  

Mon 3, Tue 4, Wed 5, Thu 6 August 10.00am to 1.00pm St Mark’s Park, St Mark’s Road, W10 Minimum age 8 to under 13. A great opportunity for current or new players to Kensington Dragons FC to learn football skills and make new friends. The only cost is £20 registration fee (non-refundable).

To book a place on any of these courses, please email our Education Officer, Graham McCulloch, admin@kensingtondragons.com

KDFC at the London Marathon 2015!

Kate Gardner, partner of U15A Coach Dean Humphrey http://www.kensingtondragons.net/player-and-coach-profiles/ is running the London Marathon on April 26th and has chosen KDFC as her charity to raise money for. Specifically the money raised will go to help support the Under 15A side that Dean coaches and who have just secured their very first Divisional Title. http://www.kensingtondragons.net/under-15as/u15a-clinch-the-division-title-in-style/ Your support will help this strong group of players stay together through the summer tournament schedule and ensure they have the equipment and facilities they need to push on in their new division next season.

If you would like to offer your support in making a donation or in circulating Kate’s fundraising initiative, her donation page is at the link below

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kategardner1

Thank you for your support and keep an eye out for details of the big day when we’ll be out in force to help Kate over the finishing line!

Kate Gardener London Marathon 2015 for Kensington Dragons FC

KDFC – An FA Charter Standard Development Club

FA Charter Standard Development Club Application – Kensington Dragons F.C

We are delighted to announce that after a concerted effort from all the Club officers, managers and coaches KDFC has been awarded FA Charter Standard Development Club status. There are currently 600 Clubs affiliated to Middlesex County FA of which 120 are Charter Standard Clubs and only 8 are Development Clubs. We hope this award will not only raise our profile within the county but help us develop even more partnerships with groups within the London area, support our applications for funding, attract potential sponsors and secure training and development opportunities for our coaches, managers and players.

More details on the FA Charter Standard Scheme can be found at the link below.

https://www.middlesexfa.com/clubs-and-leagues/charter-standard

Luke O’Donoghue

Charter Standard Coordinator

Kensington Dragons FC

Thank you for your recent FA Charter Standard application which we have received at the Association office. I am delighted to inform you that after meeting the necessary criteria your application has been approved by our Raising Standards Working Group for the FA Charter Standard Development Club Award.

Middlesex County FA believe that it is a fantastic achievement and honour to achieve the FA Charter Standard Development Award and therefore I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your club on behalf of us all. By achieving the award your club has demonstrated an excellent level of discipline, administration and operating standards with a commitment to developing new activity within the club over the next three seasons.”

Peter Clayton

Chief Executive

Middlesex County Football Association

Help improve facilities at the Linford Christie Stadium – get involved!

BENEFIT Kensington Dragons FC

LEARN vocational trade and building skills

GAIN qualifications

BOOST your employability

The VIY Volunteer It Yourself project (www.volunteerityourself.org) combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people to learn trade and building skills whilst helping to refurbish youth club and community sports facilities.

We’ve teamed up with Kensington Dragons FC to offer you the chance to help upgrade changing facilities at the Linford Christie Stadium. By taking part you will gain on-site work experience, mentoring support from professional tradespeople and gain an Entry Level 3 qualification in Building and Construction Skills from City & Guilds.

We’re looking for young people aged 16-24 who can commit at least 20 volunteering hours to the project over three weeks in April 2015. No prior experience in trade or building skills is needed!

Limited places so please get in touch before Friday 3rd April. For more information and to register to take part, contact Ed Sellwood:

07725 172441 / ed@teamcospa.com

Click on the document below for further details on the merits and accreditation.

Linford Christie Stadium youth training element

KDFC Seniors First Vs Reserves

Kensington Dragons Reserves 4 v 5 Kensington Dragons Firsts – Saturday 10th May

This was the epitome of the phrase ‘a game of two halves’. With both squads having finished the season, availability was limited but the Reserves managed to start the game with 11 men including Director of Football Tony Smith in goal. The First Team fared less well having to start with 10 and manager Miguel De Souza between the sticks.

The First team having never played at Linford Christie Stadium before could be deemed the away side and indeed it was the Reserves who showed the confidence and quality to strike a 4 goal lead in the first half largely thanks to their season top goal scorer El-Habib who, being fed by captain Adam Finch’s through balls, beat De Souza time and again to show the First Team Manager what he’d been missing.

Thankfully at half time the First Team Captain arrived and although injured and planning to watch, wasn’t best pleased to find the Firsts 4-0 down and with 10 men so a quick kit change and reshuffle first from De Souza and then Bhangoo meant the team took to the field with a little more balance.

The game then became hotly contested and the Firsts managed to claw their way back largely through Mkoloma, Bhangoo and Bowler despite the cat like efforts of Tony Smith who pulled off two wonder saves before the First Team, now a man up themselves after Finch withdrew with injury, clinched the victory 4-5 ending an entertaining game for the supporters and a good way for the group to get together and end the season.

 

 

Season 2013/14 Review from the Hon.Sec.

Fellow Dragons

With the last couple of matches played the 2013/4 season is finally over. We have battled our way through storms, floods and then heat waves to some remarkable successes:

The U11’s won EVERY League game and only conceded  4  league goals all season in a record never before equalled in the Dragons history for a new U11 team. A quite remarkable achievement.

The newly promoted Adults First team almost won the Premiership title, being Runners Up 3 points behind  – they won 19, drew 8 and only lost 3 games all season. An extraordinary feat for a new Premiership entrant.

The Adults Reserves came equal first in the league and then cruelly just lost on goal difference to finish runners up – they won 12, drew 2 and only lost 2 all season. A team to be reckoned with.

The U18’s grew in stature and beat some of the best sides in their Premiership division. The graduating Dragons developed into the most pleasant, talented group of 17/18 year olds one could hope to meet on the football field. We wish them the very best as they go on to work, College and University whilst encouraging them to progress to the Dragons Adult teams.

The U16’s survived the shock of their collective footballing life as the realities of being promoted hit them early on in the season. Some were even heard to query whether they would be able to cope – well cope they did beating the league leaders on the way and only missing out on silverware by not always playing to their potential.

The U15 Nighthawks had their best season so far and came really close to getting promoted. In all they played 18 matches: 9 wins, 4 draws, 3 lost with 45 goals scored and 25 conceded.

The U15 Eagles lost 2-5 to top of division Hayes and Yeading. As the Dragons Manager mused: “Well, at half time we were playing like champions. 2-2 yes, but only thanks to their lucky strike and soft penalty – for this top-of-the-division outfit had been chasing the game from the off. Unable to cope with our quick feet and sense of adventure, well-drilled Hayes were being taught a lesson in open, imaginative football. And then the break and a lesson of our own. They know how play at this level and swift balls to their excellent slippery striker meant the game was won well before the final whistle.  But our hearts aren’t down. These Eagles play a bigger game, with eyes on the world beyond the weekly win or lose. We play a way that not only pleases the eye but also fills the heart and ensures that despite the bruises, the head-dropping moments, the last-gasps and clenched teeth, the biting sense of injustices visited or loud shouts of right restored, the struggle for form, the loss of players, the broken arms and shaken faith, the relegation, that crack of the post, that mighty volley, the promotion, the offside seen and luck ridden and impossible pass and impossible pitch and brilliant twist and stunning dribble through the heart of a still-stunned team, that not despite but because of all this, we know we play with grace and pride and that will outlive all your Mitoo stats.  Because this summer and beyond each of our players will be able to hold their fine heads high and say, when West Londoners speak, as now they do, of the mighty Dragons, “why yes, that’s me, that’s the team I play for”. So here’s to all you boys, you men, who played and fought and entertained and brightened Sundays from September through to May. Happy World Cup Summer!”

The U14’s walloped Old Actionians 6-3 to wrap up their season with a typical performance. They were 3-0 up at half time without really playing their best. The OA’s came fast out the blocks at the start of the second half and pulled a goal back through a penalty before the Dragons restored their three goal cushion from a corner. The ref at this point started making some strange decisions as the sun began to have an effect and he failed to give a foul on the Dragons centre half before then in the same move overruling the linesman’s offside decision. The Dragons scored again to go 5-3 up and then another long distance strike made it 6 for the Dragons.

The U14B’s had a challenging season as they joined the Dragons from the Regents’ Park League where the ferocity of competition is rather more gentlemanly. The Dragons pulled through recording some magnificent victories along the way.

The U12’s started off slowly but ended up probably the most improved of the Dragons sides. Teams that had beaten them at the beginning of the season were shocked to be soundly thrashed by the Dragons later on in the return match. Onlookers who have witnessed the precision planning that goes into each training session were not surprised at the tremendous improvement.

The U11’s won the League as reported above.

The U10’s played South Ealing Saints in three 20 minute matches and won the first two 2-1 each time before, as a gesture  of hospitality, allowing SES to win the final game.  The Dragons will carry on training and playing matches in preparation for joining the League next September.  The team is now recruiting players who will be over 10 but under 11 on September 1st this year. We train at St Marks from 10-11.30 every Saturday until further notice.

The U9’s will stop training with the U10’s soon and start to build up their own team for entering the League in September 2015.

The Girls trained all season whilst playing the occasional match. The plan is that next season there will be one or two separate teams playing matches.

Yours Dragonally

Chris

Chris Shirley

Kensington Dragons FC

London

KDFC at The Palace!

The Kensington Dragons FC end of season tournament, BBQ and presentation took place on a blissfully sunny Sunday in June at the Kensington Palace playing fields and pavilion. All 6 youth teams were on show along with the newly formed girls section and U10s. The Senior teams were also out in force and joined by the founding members from Kensington Place FC. A hugely successful day and a great opportunity for the whole KD community to come together and celebrate another remarkable season. Speacial thanks to our hosts who worked tirelessly to get the ground ready in time and acocomodate us in their busy summer schedule and for all the mangers, coaches, parents, committee members and volunteers on the day.

 

KD Seniors MCFA Cup final dates

It is with great pride that we can announce, both our Senior teams are through to their respective County Cup finals. Put the dates in the diary and come and support the teams. More details will follow shortly. Contact seniors@kensingtondragons for more information.

MCFA Junior Cup Final

Kensington Dragons FC (First) VS NPL Saturday F.C (First)

10/04/2013

KO 7.30pm

Ground: Bedfont Sports Club
Hatton Road
Bedfont
Middlesex
TW14 9QS

MCFA Junior Trophy Final

Barnet Municipal Officers FC (First) VS Kensington Dragons FC (Reserves)

17/04/2013

KO 7.30pm

Ground: Feltham FC
The Orchard
Hatton Road
Bedfont
Middlesex
TW14 9QT

 

2012 Kensington Dragons AGM

The 2012 Kensington Dragons AGM will be held on Monday 8th October at 8pm at:

Parish Room

St Helens Church

St. Helen’s Gardens

North Kensington

W10 6LP

All players, parents and supporters are welcome to attend. Please confirm attendance by email to:

Hon Sec (Youth): Chris Shirley |  honsec@kensingtondragons.com

2011-12 End of Season Presentation

Fellow Dragons. The 2012 Annual Kensington Dragons Tournament, Presentations and Barbeque is planned for Saturday June 16th at Wormwood Scrubbs starting at 1pm. A great day for the whole Dragon community, we hope to see you there.