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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 continues every Tuesday 7.45-8.45 pm at Cheadle College.
As always the main focus of these is fun and fitness!