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Update W/E 26th July 2020

We trust you all remain well and in peak condition.

The FA has reached agreement with the Government to restart grass roots football, albeit with social distancing and other precautions.  As of this Tuesday we have not had relevant guidance from our various leagues. We do not know when the season will start nor whether there will be additions and/or relaxations to the rules to accommodate the precautions needed to prevent CV. Some Leagues will be more innovative and flexible than others. Similarly our pitch providers have yet to indicate when the venues will be reopened and under what conditions.  After the initial euphoria at the good news there has therefore been some reflection which is understandable. We have, for example, written to our leagues enquiring:

  1. If one team is found to have a player with CV – How long is that team suspended for?
  2. What will happen to the opposition teams it has played in the last 1? or 2 Weeks?
  3. Will any proof that the player in question no longer has CV be required by the League etc?
  4. If a fixture is postponed because of the above, how will the League treat the match – reschedule? forfeit? record a draw? other?
  5. What happens if a player thinks he may have CV so the team pulls out of a scheduled match but then, on receiving the test result, finds that he/she had flu – not CV?
  6. When and how will referees be paid if not by cash?
  7. Is there any further update on when the season will kick off? Or will it be delayed?
  8. Etc

It is not surprising that our Leagues have yet to respond as these are unprecedented times.

In the meantime enjoy the holidays and keep fit. We should be kicking off the new season in September. We are very aware that we will need to start preseason training in time to prepare and are developing the necessary Risk Assessments etc. We know that there are players, and even teams, climbing over fences at closed venues to play football but as a formally constituted club with the much coveted FA’s Community Status we will follow the guidelines. We do not want to contribute to another lockdown, as in Spain.   

For those of you seeing the precious months pass by take heart from this link and watch to the end – there is always time to make a comeback:

Update Season Ended 14th June 2020

Our final matches often drift into May and even June if it has been a particularly wet winter. Climate watchers will recollect that this winter was the wettest on record so we can safely assume that, without Covid, the season would have finally ended at the weekend. The question we are now asking ourselves is What next?The latest FA guidance, based on Government direction, is that a maximum of 6 people can train providing:

  • Clubs have the requisite insurances that allow for socially distanced training
  • Coaches agree in writing to coach sessions within the current regulations
  • Players keep two metres apart and no physical contact is allowed.
  • Playing of any games is prohibited
  • If a player gets injured only a member of their household can give aid and others need to stay socially distanced
  • Equipment should be cleaned with disinfectant if handled by more than one person and at the end of a session.
  • First-aiders should be equipped with the appropriate PPE to protect themselves and others
  • For youths Clubs require a written record of parent/carer’s consent
  • Players must have their own water bottles and hand sanitisers.
  • Records must be kept of cleaning regimes and coaches’ health self-assessments.

Kensington Dragons cannot bend the rules so before we start training we really need a further relaxation,  which may not be too far away. Many believe that the 2020/21 season will start in September as normal. Let’s hope that there is no second significant surge of CV to interfere with society returning to a new normal. 

In an effort to make you gasp with astonishment enjoy this video:

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Update W/E 3rd May 2020

The Smartphone Journalism Workshop was successfully held during the week with the output on our website under the Education tab. It is now onto our next technological challenge of which more next week

In the meantime looks can be deceiving!

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Update W/E 26th April 2020

We are still mystified as to when we will move towards a degree of normality but there are signs that the NHS has weathered the peak. Our various Leagues should eventually be in a position to finalise plans for the 2020-2021 season. Similarly I have looked at this bar of chocolate being cut and remain mystified by the result

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The Smartphone Journalism Workshop this coming week will be our first venture into online training – we wish the organisers Graham, Palmira and especially the BBC’s Shajan the best of technological luck!

Think on the bright side – there is always a silver lining somewhere

Update W/E 19th April 2020

The lockdown continues but there are glimmerings of light. In tough times it helps to be resilient and creative – there is always more than one way to succeed. Be amused and surprised!

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The Smartphone Journalism Workshop, organised by Graham and Palmira, will now be online. Everybody who signed up will be contacted. We are very grateful to Shajan MiahBBC Sport Digital Journalist and founder of the Journalism Club, for running the course He has worked on many major sporting events from the FIFA World Cup to the Olympics, the FA Cup, Six Nations Rugby, international cricket and top tennis, athletics, boxing and golf tournaments.

We press on!

Happy Easter

We should soon know the next stage of the lockdown – maybe more of the same! Luckily, our characters have been honed to a steely perfection by cheerfully enduring wet, dismal, muddy Decembers, whilst being robbed of sure victories but for the bounce of the ball. We will pull through as we always do.    

For your correspondent’s part he would normally be off to Ireland over Easter to mastermind the annual England v Ireland Family Football match, but it is not to be this year, although it did look hopeful on watching:   

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Happy Easter Everybody from the Dragons

Results W/E 22nd March 2020

Results – None Until Further Notice

We are all now one big global team joining together to defeat Coronavirus and give time to our NHS to cope with the increasing number of very ill patients. We will win and be back on the football field, but in the meantime we must temporarily lay aside our footballing dreams to all work together to do what we can to reduce the spread whilst helping others – eg ringing a lonely friend or relative for a chat to see if they are OK.
If you would like to explore being a volunteer to help the NHS then click here:

Volunteer for NHS

It is important for all of us to keep fit and get out in the fresh air and sun – but not in groups, unless you live together. If you want to see an exercise that went wrong, click here:

What Not To Do
On the plus side the pitches are enjoying the rest and should be in peak condition for next season.

Results W/E 15th March 2020

We live in odd times with Mexico urging Trump to hurry up with the “Wall”. In the meantime, the Dragons had a few last matches before they were suspended due to Coronavirus:

The U14 Boys beat Brunswick 3-1 at home in the League Trophy Cup. This was a solid performance from the Dragons playing a team in the division above. They scored quickly to draw 2-0 ahead only for Brunswick to score a superb, efficient goal. There was the potential for a wobble, but it did not happen, and the Dragons scored again to make the point. Every Dragon won their individual battles which contributed to this solid, enjoyable victory.

The U12 Girls just lost to Ruislip Rangers at home in the League Cup despite putting in a fabulous performance. The match was slow to start with, as some would describe it, the overly precise Ruislip Manager being the first person ever to minutely measure the pitch. There was much excitement comparing length of strides with the added confusion that some thought in yards whilst others preferred meters. The calm referee injected sense into the proceedings by wondering we should just get on with the match. The Dragons went on to display fantastic team work to end the first half 1-1. The second half began with the same intensity with the Dragons showing tremendous determination and persistence, despite not having their usual goalkeeper. There were some outstanding individual performances, but the real achievement was their team performance. Ruislip scored a few lucky goals late in the second half to win but the Dragons should be very proud of themselves.

There were no other matches

Results W/E 8th March 2020

What a season! Thank goodness years of character building has inured us to the fleeting difficulties of the wettest winter, Corona Virus and now staving off a global downturn. We press on:

The Firsts beat Stonewall 2-1- away. This was a good Dragons performance as they controlled the game from the beginning to score in the 35th minute. The second half was more equal but Stonewall could not create scoring opportunities whilst the Dragons scored again from a penalty before conceding from a corner.

The Reserves had no match

The U17 Reds had no match
The U17 Whites match v Belmont United was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U16s just lost 2-3 at home against Concorde Rangers in the League Trophy Cup group stage. This was a close match and, despite the result, it was good to be back in action

The U14 Boys match against London Eagles was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U13s beat Celtic 6-3 in the League Trophy Cup group match at home. Both teams had been having a good season, but it was the Dragons who performed best to lead 4-0 at the break. To give Celtic credit they performed better in the second half to score twice before the Dragons responded. In truth the Dragons had stepped down a gear but nevertheless kept their 100% cup record. A wonderful goal from their centre back and a first goal from the other centre back were both worthy of special celebrations.

The U12 Boys had an unfortunate time against Pro FA away in the Trophy Cup. All started well enough, but two Dragons had to retire from the pitch which left a small band of resolute Dragons trying to stem the tide against overwhelming numbers. These things happen – at least it was better than being stuck on a cruise liner.

The U12 Girls had no match

The U11 Girls lost to Vicky Park Rangers. A last-minute venue change, coupled with some injuries, left the Dragons’ match day roster depleted. Still, they rose to the occasion and made progress against a strong opposition. The Dragons also welcomed one new teammate who made an immediate positive impact. Watch out when the squad gets back to full strength!

The U11 Boys lost to Hanwell away. Again, this was an improved performance from the Dragons who are beginning to play as a team. The main weakness of the Dragons is the lack of a striker.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 1st March 2020

With the wettest February since records began it was another weekend of limited matches which however did not prevent the Boys U13s from recording a record win:

The Firsts just lost 1-2 to Pitshanger Dynamo away in the Quarter Final of the Alec Smith Premier Division Cup. The match had originally been scheduled at home, but it was waterlogged and unfit to play on.

The Reserves had no match

The U17s Reds had no match

The U17 Whites lost away to Drayton. The Dragons looked the better side for the first 20 minutes and were comfortable at 1 nil up, but awful tackles took out their captain and another their central midfielder, with both ending up in A&E. We wish them a speedy recovery but fear they may be out for the rest of the season.

The U16s home match against St Joseph’s was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U14 Boys away match against Celtic Red was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U14 Girls away match against Whetstone Wanderers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U13s thumped West Drayton 9-1 away. Returning to action after 3 weeks out the Dragons started slowly but managed to score first. By the start of the second half the Dragons had found their footballing feet and were raring to go – scoring goal after goal. It was particularly gratifying to that so many of the team scored showing how well they have come together as a team. Onwards and upwards!

The U12 Girls away match v Barnet Nightingales was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U12 Boys lost at home to Premiership Hanwell Town in the League Trophy Cup group stage. Having played little football in recent weeks the Dragons were ill prepared for such an encounter but nevertheless it was better to back on the pitch rediscovering their footballing skills.

The U11 Girls home match v Vicky Park Rangers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U11 Boys just lost to Pitshanger at home. With the Dragons again having played little football in recent weeks, and missing key players, their fans feared the worst but were proved wrong by the increasingly doughty young Dragons. If it had not been for an unfortunate penalty and other happenstances the Dragons could have won. All in all, a very creditable Dragons performance.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League