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.

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 2

Welcome to the next CGG quarterly newsletter!

It’s great to have these look backs over the past few weeks as it really makes us realise what we’ve achieved!

Training news
Our sessions continue at Cheadle College each Tuesday 7.45-9pm. Despite it being in the midst of holiday season we are maintaining great numbers week in week out. We’ll keep you posted about summer holiday arrangements, but are hoping to keep the sessions going throughout July/ August. As long as there’s demand we’ll deliver!!!

Coaching news
We’re really pleased that Anna and Steph successfully completed their level 2 in April. Steph has been running some great sessions for us, check out her bio on our website. Unfortunately Anna broke her finger badly on the day, but now it’s healing is looking forward to getting stuck back in at the club!!! There is a level 2 running in Manchester on 8th July. If anyone is interested please speak to us as there may be potential for subsidy.

Tournaments
We took part in the Manchester Open in April and thoroughly enjoyed it. The British Dodgeball Opens are always a great opportunity to develop and learn from the experience. They also enable us to meet the fantastic wider dodgeball community. Don’t be afraid of joining us on one if you’re new to the club. New season open dates should be released in July so we will get a planner going once out.

We also took part in a friendly with our friends Wirral Warriors in May which was great fun.

We look forward to seeing those great girls again soon!

 

League
The pilot British Dodgeball city league started in April and runs through to August. It’s a mixed league and we’ve been fortunate to have some great guys playing with us,

which enabled us to enter 3 teams!!! Feedback from our members has been ace! All the ladies are enjoying and developing from it. As a club we are loving the opportunity to mix it up with the guys, and other club members that have joined us. It shows the amazing diversity of Manchester dodgeball … we have MUDS/Bees/Griffins/Storm all playing together, all levels of experience which epitomises the inclusivity of the sport! We look forward to the next 3 meets and to see what British Dodgeball have planned from Sept onwards.

Charity
We are thrilled to have adopted Emmeline’s Pantry as 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 .

We have done 2 collections for them so far, a toiletry collection in May and most recently a clothing collection. Your generosity has been overwhelming and we look forward to continuing to support them.

We also did a CGG tournament for Sports Relief and raised an amazing £121!! We cannot thank you all enough #deedsnotwords

Kit
If any newer members want to order training tops or tournament tops let us know. These have been hugely popular! CGG have customised balls on order too and if you want your own you can buy for £10

Club development
In May we successfully applied and were granted council funding to develop a community children’s dodgeball club. The council were very keen to support this. So we are excited to be starting a children’s element up in September at Cheadle College each Tuesday from 6.30-7.30pm. Any help in supporting sessions / publicising them will be most appreciated, and do please bring your little Grifflets along!

Community engagement
We love spreading the dodgeball word and getting people involved in the sport we love! Emma M & Linzi delivered a session to Gatley Guides in May. Not sure if the girls or the ladies enjoyed it more!, but it was a great evening and we’ve promised to repeat one in autumn.

Gatley Sports Day took place in April and we went along and got lots of people playing dodgeball!!

Gatley Festival is next on our agenda on 1 July where we will have a stand promoting all things dodgeball #comejoinin

Get social!
Don’t forget you can follow us on insta/ Facebook/Twitter.

We’ve enjoyed a couple of lovely socials at our sponsor restaurant Piccolo, and most recently Yara. Our social secretary is busily arranging the next!

Competition!
Don’t forget we have a competition running throughout the summer months. Post pics of you wearing your Griffins tops on tour and 2 of you will be randomly selected to win a CGG customised dodgeball. Get snapping your summer adventures!

Upcoming events / dates
3rd League meet 25 June
4th League meet 23 July
5th League meet with social afterwards 20 August
Gatley Festival 1 July
Delicious Express charity open ( followed by British Dodgeball AGM/ delicious social) 14 July
British Champs 23 June
MUDS fundraiser 21 July
CGG fundraiser 23 Sept

Please ask if you would like any further information on any of the above.

Thanks for reading and being part of our dodgeball family
CGG Committee

Committee Roles 

Chairman: Linzi McCoy

Treasurers: Rose Batty & Catherine Offord

Secretary: Rebecca Rooney

Welfare Officer: Louise Birchall

Social Secretary: Emma Milser

League/Tournament Coordinators: Linzi McCoy, Emma Milser & Steph Walker

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 1

New beginnings for the club

Welcome to the first CGG quarterly newsletter!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the club to match up to storm Emma.

Firstly, we are now a self funded club. This has been necessary due to funding coming to an end for the Life Leisure project “I wish I’d tried” that originally enabled Kingsway Queens to establish. In order to sustain the club we all love we have had to become self sufficient.

This coincided with Emma and Linzi successfully completing their level 2 coaching qualification, so they have taken on the role of running the sessions currently.

We would like to sincerely thank you all for being incredibly supportive. We have all pulled together and we hope this signals new beginnings for the club. It’s a very exciting time, and we all seem to share the desire to make it a success. This is OUR club, let’s own it girls!

Clearly now we are self funding, one of our main objectives needs to be to maintain the fantastic number of players we have had turning out each week.

It’s been great to welcome new players and many of our members that started at the beginning of the year are returning week after week.

You’ll have noticed the onslaught of Social Media promotion! We now have our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Please share social media as widely as possible to continue to spread the word.

Our Constitution

Okay, now for the official stuff to be explained…

We are now a British Dodgeball Member Club. This is subject to an annual fee, and provides us with public liability and personal insurance. It enables us to enter all BD tournaments and league events and receive support from BD. Check out their website www.britishdodgeball. org and Facebook. Both have lots of great information.

We have put a committee together as follows:

Chairman Linzi McCoy

Treasurers Rose Batty & Catherine Offord

Secretary Rebecca Rooney

Welfare Officer Louise Birchall

Social Secretary Emma Milser

There are additional roles if anyone would like to volunteer.

New Website

We have a brilliant new website www.cheadlegatleygriffins.co.uk

Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Rooney (not Wayne and Coleen) for designing it for us, they have done us proud.

As well as our basic club and training details there are also links to rules and all our club documents.

Get Social!

We are now live with our own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, and have gained a huge amount of followers!

Please give us a follow if you haven’t already and share posts to spread the word about our club.

We are having a real life social on Friday 23 March 8pm at Picollo—hope you can make it!

Media

We are excited to have had some media coverage!

So Cheshire featured a great press release, Salutions publish- ers have 4 local lifestyle magazines, and mentioned us in their Didsbury Life edition. They are developing their new website and have said they want to feature us on it, watch this space.

We also have a short interview about the club’s development next Thursday 8 March on Wythenshawe FM 97.2 scheduled for 1.20pm. Tune in if you can!

Sponsorship News

We are pleased to announce that Piccolo Restaurant and Bar in Gatley Village have offered to sponsor us this year! This will help with running costs of the club and to purchase some new equipment we need. We will keep you posted! We look forward to our first social of the year at the venue on 23 March.

In addition, Stein in Hazel Grove have generously provided us with some funding towards new training kit. We will have more news on this soon.

We are really grateful for the support from both of these organisations to help us get off the ground.

Coaching Update

Emma and Linzi qualified as level 2 British Dodgeball coaches in February. Neither have come from a coaching background so it’s been a steep learning curve but a very rewarding one!

We are pleased to announce that Steph, Anna and Helen have also signed up to do their level 2, so we will have 5 home grown coaches by the end of May.

Good luck ladies, not that any of you need it, you will all smash it and bring lots back to the club.

Local Events Tournaments

Please look out on social media for local upcoming events.

Manchester Bees are a very active dodgeball community and we are lucky to have their experience to tap into.

Their all comer sessions are held on Thursday Evenings from 8- 9.30pm at The Academy School in Manchester. We won’t lie, these are gruelling and expertly run by head coach Bru. But they are also great fun, there’s lots of laughter and your skills develop leaps and bounds.

Bees are holding a Comic Relief doubles tournament to raise money on Thursday 15 March. This sounds like great fun and a really worthy cause!

Finally, Bees are hosting a friendly tournament on 25 March which we will send a team along to.

What busy Bees they are….

Our next British Dodgeball opens are:

East Midlands 3rd March

Manchester 22nd April

We’ll give more news on these at sessions.

Training

Training continues every Tuesday 7.45-8.45 pm at Cheadle College.

As always the main focus of these is fun and fitness!