CV-19 – TRAINING CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In light of the rapidly evolving situation and latest government advice for increased social distancing, we have taken the decision to cancel all of our training sessions until further notice.

We hope all of our members stay healthy and safe.

Manchester Airport Community Trust funding

We are delighted to have received a generous amount of Manchester Airport Community Trust funding.

This will be specifically used for some new equipment at the club to enhance our training and fitness, and also to participate in community events.

Newsletter – Volume 2 Issue 1

Welcome to our latest newsletter!

Juniors

Our popular junior session has been running since September 2018! We split the session into U11s and U16s, and will continue to mirror British Dodgeball’s age categories next year as far as possible in training, which are set to change to U11, U14 and U16.

We’ve been hugely proud of our juniors entering the Manchester City League so soon after forming! They all play their hearts out, demonstrate great team work and are always fair and honest. We couldn’t ask for more! If anyones children want to get involved please speak to the coaches!

The second series of meets is currently underway, next 2 rounds are 28th June and 12th July. Next season will see formation of a regional league for the U14 age group. Provisional dates are 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 9 Nov, 22 Feb, 21 March, 18 April. There will also be a centralised U16 league. We will provide more details on this as we have them and gage interest from our juniors.

Junior training sessions finish for summer on Tuesday 23 July 2019 and resume on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

Adults

We have now opened up our training sessions to men too and enjoying seeing new players try the sport out! Our sessions can be tailored to an individual’s ability so please encourage any friends along that want to give it a go!

Coaching news

We are delighted that Sam Wrench has joined our coaching team as Men’s Head Coach. Sam is also ladies development coach for England Lions, and coaches Team GB Coach neighbouring club Raiders. He joins Kate Pickup, Womens Head Coach and Jordan Black, Junior head coach alongside assistant coaches Emma, Linzi and Steph.

Tournaments

We look forward to next season’s British Dodgeball tournament programme. The Delicious Express Open takes place in Sheffield on 31 August 2019 and is set to be a fun charity event. Speak to Emma Milser if interested or sign up at https://britishdodgeball.org/product/delicious-open-2019/

Leagues

Both our juniors and adults have continued to participate in the Manchester City Leagues. We’ve put 2 teams into both of these events and benefited hugely from them. The adult league will resume in September and we’ll provide dates as we receive them.

Our ladies team took part in their first ever National League this season, finishing in 7th place! An absolutely massive learning curve for all that played, and above all a hugely positive, fun experience. As the league progressed the ladies felt they took more games in matches and began to understand much more about tactical play.

Charity

We continue to support our fantastic charity, Emmeline’s Pantry. Alison Wright is our new charity rep and she organised a successful “we want your pants” appeal in Spring. To find out more about the work Emmeline’s do, please visit https://emmelinespantry.com/

Fundraising

The club held a very successful fundraising Spring Raffle. Congratulations to all our prize winners, and a massive thank you to all our kind donors and everyone that bought a ticket. Great job!

Kit

We have CGG dodgeballs to purchase for £10 if anyone would like to practise their skills over summer! We will also be placing another kit order over summer. Tops are priced at £20 each, and we are currently looking into shorts. Please speak to Linzi or Emma if interested in ordering.

Community Engagement

Griffins provided dodgeball sessions and games at Gatley Sports Day held in April. We had lots of participants joining in and continue to support this event annually. We will be at the hugely popular Gatley Festival on Sunday 30th June, please pay our stand a visit! We were invited onto the drive time show at All FM, one of Manchester’s local radio stations earlier this year. Linzi and Emma went along and talked all things dodgeball! We have also been featured in community publications such as SK8 Directory and school newsletter which is lovely to see!

Socials

We have continued to enjoy regular socials throughout the season and are currently planning our next annual awards night for September. Planning will also start soon for Christmas socials!  Watch this space! If there is anywhere in particular you feel would be good for forthcoming socials please give your ideas to Emma Milser!

Community Cup

We are thrilled to be hosting the next Manchester Dodgeball Community Cup on Sunday 24 November 2019 at Club Cheadle Hulme. This will be further publicised closer to the event.

Club Awards

Some amazing achievements award and development wise for the club this season!

In April, three of our juniors Mathew Dickinson, Isabelle Milser and Sophie Milser achieved their young leaders award, huge well done to them!

Mandy Walsh and Matt Dickinson received players of the league for 2 consecutive rounds of the Manchester City Mixed Dodgeball league!

Emma Milser was nominated for British Dodgeball’s Dodgeball personality of the year and was voted in 3rdplace among 8 amazing candidates!

Funding

We were delighted to be awarded a generous amount of Sport England National Lottery funding for a project called You Can Dodge! This is already well underway and enabled us to start the men’s session. Thanks to everyone who plays National Lottery games and to British Dodgeball for your support!

Committee News

Catherine Offord has commenced position of Sponsorship Officer, Alison Wright is in place as Charity Rep, and most recently Kate Jenkins was voted onto the committee as Marketing Officer. The committee meet quarterly as per terms of our club constitution and are incredibly hard working on a voluntary basis behind the scenes. If any members or parents are interested in a role please contact the club and we will inform of any openings or current roles that could be shared!

Spread the Word!

Please help spread the word by sharing our flyer! Note, this is a temporary flyer as we are changing venue for the next 4 weeks due to our usual training venue being closed during the exam period.  Remember,  there is no kids session on 28 May!

Congratulations to all of our Spring Raffle Prize Winners!

We would like to congratulate all of our lucky prize winners in our recent Spring Raffle! Many thanks also to everyone who helped fundraise for the Club by selling and buying tickets, and to the lovely local businesses who donated some fabulous prizes, including:

Astus
Active International
Hallmark Hotel 
The Plaza
Miss Barbette 
Gatley Tandoori 
The Gin Society Festival 
Savoy Cinema 
Daisy Imprints 
Rainbow 88 
Paperchase 
Love Hair 
Magic Moments
Manford’s Comedy Club
Kate Barrow 
Gatley Beautique 
Create It

 

Spring Raffle Tickets now on sale!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for our spectacular Griffins Spring Raffle are on sale now!!!

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs including return travel to London with dinner,  £100 to spend at John Lewis and afternoon tea. See below for a full list of all the prizes!

Tickets are £1 each, or books of 5 are available. You can buy them at all Griffins training sessions and local leagues, or by messaging us. Tickets are also available to buy at Magic Moments gift shop, 42 Church Road, Gatley .

The draw will take place on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

Don’t miss out!

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*Return rail travel for 2 to London, to the value of £100 each and £100 Dinner voucher for Boisdale, Canary Wharf (donated by Astus)
*£100 John Lewis Gift-card (donated by Active International)
*Hallmark Hotel Afternoon tea for 2
*2 tickets for opening night of Christmas panto at The Plaza
*Miss Barbette Dad & Lad’s hair cut voucher
*Gatley Tandoori 6 course set takeaway meal for 2
*The Gin Society Festival at Manchester Cathedral 2 tickets
*Savoy Cinema 2 tickets
*Daisy Imprints Gift voucher worth £20
*Rainbow 88 Chinese restaurant voucher for £20
*Paperchase gift voucher for £20
*Love Hair Blow Dry voucher
*Beautiful Katie Loxton pouch from Magic Moments
*Gatley Beautique 2 x Eyebrow Threading vouchers
*Exclusive Great Britain Dodgeball Ball
*Manchester Bees Dodgeball Ball
*Griffins Dodgeball Ball
*Create It Gift voucher for £5
*Dodgeball DVD
*2 tickets for Manford’s Comedy Club, plus signed Jason Manford merchandise
*Kate Barrow bespoke bag
*Paperchase stationery bundle

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 3

November 2018

WELCOME TO THE NEXT CGG QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER!

It’s been another busy quarter at the club, and a great start to Season 2!

Junior session
We are delighted to have launched our new juniors session in September! We had a great launch session attended by Councillor Holloway and lots of enthusiastic children! It is lovely to see so many enjoying the sport, lots are brand new to it or have only played a handful of times at school. We split each session into U11s and U16s to ensure the juniors are playing in their appropriate age category.

Training
Our ladies sessions continue at Cheadle College each Tuesday 7.45-9pm. We are actively looking to recruit new players, so bring a friend along and you and they will get the session free. Please help us spread the word via Social Media etc too.

The juniors also train on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm

Coaching news
Kate Pickup successfully completed her level 2 last month, huge well done.

Jordan Black has joined the club to assist with the junior side and undertakes his Level 2 in December. He is very popular with the juniors and brings his own unique style to coaching!

Steph has been kindly helping with the junior sessions wherever she can, and running some great ladies sessions. Aden Woodall from Bees/Lions also came over to give the juniors some inspiration and deliver a super session to them.

The ladies benefited from an amazing guest session by Sam Wrench, England women’s development coach.

As well as planning the sessions, the coaches all deliberate weekly to choose Most Valuable Players (MVP) and have lots of input into the competitive meets as well as weekly training.

Tournaments
Season 2 has seen us enter 3 ladies British Dodgeball Opens so far, these have been Stafford, Yorkshire and Manchester. All a great experience. We hope to be able to offer the juniors Open opportunities next year once their confidence has increased.

At the end of last season some of the ladies also took part in the Delicious Express Open which brought lots of the dodgeball community together and raised money for the Make A Wish Charity.

League
After Griffins thoroughly positive experience of the pilot British Dodgeball city league, we signed up 2 teams for Round 2 which is as enjoyable as ever. It’s a mixed league and we are fortunate to have some great guys playing with us again, giving us a different experience of the game. To us it epitomises the inclusivity of the sport!

The ladies have also entered National League 1 this season at the mighty St Georges Park. The first round took place on 3/11/2018, with the ladies coming away with 1 loss and 1 win. Lots to build on!

Meanwhile the juniors started the Manchester City League. We have an U11s and an U16s team taking part and we couldn’t be prouder of them, many are brand new to the sport and their enthusiasm, energy and desire to progress is infectious!

Charity
We plan to have a pre-Christmas collection for Emmeline’s Pantry, our CGG chosen charity. Emmeline’s is a Manchester food-bank with a difference. It helps women that have found themselves in difficult circumstances, and their children. You can read more on their website.

Kit
If any newer members wish to order training tops or tournament tops let us know. These have been hugely popular! CGG have customised balls too and if you want your own you can buy for £10, great stocking fillers! We are hoping to have junior-size kit samples later this month.

Club and player development
We are embarking on an exciting project with British Dodgeball funded by Sport England called Come Join In. This plans to engage more 14-16 year olds by delivering taster sessions in local schools, and signposting them to the club.

Emma M and Linzi undertake their refereeing course later this month.

Mia from our juniors has opted to put dodgeball on her DofE form, we know she’ll make a great young leader.

Get social!
Don’t forget you can follow us on insta/ Facebook/Twitter for all our news.
We had a very funny awards night in September at Nueve in Didsbury, thank you to all that came! Our ladies Christmas party is 14 December.

Competitions
The winners of our travelling Griffins Top Competition were Louise and Caz, who both won a CGG dodgeball! The competition was great fun and we will re run it next summer!

A junior raffle at our Halloween session raised funds for the club and saw lots of great prizes being won!

Events
Please follow our Facebook Page and join the relevant groups for all tournament/league details etc.