Results W/E 4th April 2021

Fellow Dragons  – the season has restarted for most teams with the Dragons machine leaping, or at least stumbling, into action – almost as if there had been no break:

The Blues lost 3-5 against Goan FC in a friendly match at home.  This was a useful exercise for both sides after so may weeks without playing. Next week the hastily dawn up Covid Cup starts with the Dragons in Group A: CB Hounslow; London Titans and Rajputs del Mundo

The U18s Boys beat Pitshanger 3-1 away. On a glorious day, with excellent parental support, the Dragons were keen to get back into action. They started strongly, playing excellent football to get an early 1-0 lead. Pitshanger replied but it was the Dragons who ended the half 2-1 ahead. A dominant second half saw the Dragons add another goal and it could have been many more. This was a great display from the Dragons who are chasing the title.

The U17 Boys just lost 3-5 at home to their old foes Headstone Manor. The Dragons started their first match since 1st of November last year with a good number of returning players and a brave lad volunteering to go into goal. Headstone scored within 10 minutes but then, on the stroke of half time, the  Dragons got one back from a debut player to draw level.  The second half was a thriller with Dragons going 3-2 into the lead but unfortunately they then succumbed in the final quarter, conceding two poor goals.  A disappointment but a good first workout.

The  U15 Boys beat AP Stars 4-3 away. The Dragons drew a tough post lockdown match vs AP Stars lying third in the division.  They got off to flying start with a quick goal but quickly went down to 1-2 at half time after a handball in the box.  The Dragons pulled back to level before falling behind again to 2-3.  Then disaster struck AP Stars with their goalie being Red Carded, after coming out of his box and using his hands to defend against a breakaway from the new Dragons striker.  A harsh result but “Rules are Rules “ and the Dragons took advantage to score two quick goals to lead 4-3. It was then a question of relying on their trusty keeper with a fingertip save in the last minute to win.

The U15 Girls had no match with their next fixture due on 10th April, 17 weeks after their last match.

The U14 Boys had no match.

The U13 Boys played well against Celtic, despite to losing 1-3 at home. This was a fine effort from the Dragons who had a few new players to add to their solid core.  

The U13 Girls restart the season next Saturday, the 10th April

The U12 Boys were awarded 3 points as Headstone could not raise a team. Instead they organised a training match against the Dragon U11s, which proved to be an excellent workout in preparation for next week

The U11 Boys were awarded a win as Wealdstone could not raise a team. Instead they played the Dragons U12s who generously gave them a couple of players at half time to make it a very competitive workout.

The U11 Girls and U12 Girls played each other in an in-house friendly.  This was the first time the U11s had played on the big pitch in a 9-a-side format. The younger squad showed their talent, training and form, holding the older girls in check for most of the opening half. In the end the U12s proved a bit too strong, notching  four goals and preserving a clean sheet. It was a wonderful return to the beautiful game!

The U10s trained before playing a friendly against the U11 Boys. It will not be long now before they are entered in the League so there is a some catching up to do.

 Best Wishes

Update 2nd April 2021

Restart of Football!

The much interrupted 2020/21 Season has restarted for the youths with the season extended to the end of June.  The Seniors 2020/21 season has been cancelled so the emphasis will be on friendly matches and tournaments in preparation for next season, starting in August.

Normally we would not play football over this Easter Weekend. The HYFL boys league, but not the Capital Girls League, have however unusually decided to schedule matches on Easter Sunday as the season has been so interrupted. Kensington Dragons will facilitate these matches but will understand if a player cannot play.

Next Coaches’ Conference – Set for 27 April:

The next topic will be “Technical Principles for Young Goalkeepers” . By the time of the Conference our goalies will be back in practice and keen to learn techniques from their coaches to improve their performance.

Best Wishes and Happy Easter

Update 26th March 2021

Last Dragons Zoom “Fitness Sessions For All During Lockdown” this Saturday at  9.30am. To join, click on the link at 9.25am  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09    . This is your last chance to join in – you will be glad you did. The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes.

Restart of Football Training and Matches:

We restart the much interrupted 2020/21 Season from this coming Monday 29th March, with the season extended to the end of June.  The Managers and Coaches of each team will contact their players to let them know the plan.  

Next Coaches’ Conference – Set for 27 April:

The next topic will be “Technical Principles for Young Goalkeepers” . There remains a national shortage of goalies so this is a very important topic. By the time of the Conference our goalies will have let in a few goals, but hopefully saved more, and be keen to learn techniques from their coaches to improve their performance.

Best wishes

Update 19th March 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Every Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – We all need to get fit for when football starts again.

To join click on the link at 9.25am  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09 .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

Restart of Grassroots Football:

The plan to restart from the 29th March remains on course. The FA has ruled that the season can be extended to the end of June but that has not proved possible for all our leagues. The updated current situation is:

  • The Middlesex County Football Assoc (All KD Teams): The 2020/21 County Cup program  has been cancelled
  • The Middlesex County Football League (KD Senior First and Blues Teams): The 2020/21 season has been declared null and void but there will training and matches in preparation for the start of next season in August.  
  • The Harrow Youth League (KD Boys U12s to U18s): Fixtures have been scheduled for  April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, remains under review
  • The Capital Girls League (KD Girls U11s to U15s): Fixtures have been scheduled from Saturday 10th April, not the 4th as it is a Bank Holiday weekend. Matches will be scheduled to the end of June.
  • Harrow Soccer Combination (KD Boys U11s): Fixtures have been scheduled for April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, remains under review

Youth Managers and Officers’ Meeting Tuesday 23rd March – 7pm By Zoom:

The main topic will be fine tuning our preparations for restarting the season. Coaches are invited

 Next Coaches’ Conference – Set for 27 April:

The next topic will be “Technical Principles for Young Goalkeepers” . There is a national shortage of goalies so this is a very important topic.

 

Best wishes

Update 12th March 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Every Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – We all need to get fit for when football starts again.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09  .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

Restart of Grassroots Football:

The Government plan to restart from the 29th March appears to remain on course. The FA has ruled that the season can be extended to the end of June but that that may not be possible for all our leagues. The updated current situation is:

  • The Middlesex County Football Association (All KD teams): The 2020/21 County Cup program has been cancelled
  • The Middlesex County Football  League (KD Senior First and Blues Teams): The 2020/21 season has been declared null and void but will facilitate friendly matches between teams in preparation for the start of next season in August, a month earlier than that of the Juniors.  
  • The Harrow Youth League (KD Boys U12s to U18s): Fixtures will be scheduled for  April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, remains under review
  • The Capital Girls League (KD Girls U11s to U15s): Fixtures will be scheduled from Saturday 10th April, not the 4th as it is a Bank Holiday weekend. It is then hoped to schedule matches to the end of June.
  • Harrow Soccer Combination (KD Boys U11s): Fixtures will be scheduled for April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, remains under review

Coaches’ Conference Tuesday 9th March:

Our coaches attended this important conference to discuss “Kick-starting your Coaching Philosophy, bearing in mind the Dragons Ethos”.  Our Club operates in one of the most interesting areas in the UK and is extremely diverse with players from a huge variety of backgrounds.  The coaches have to build teams in the context of diversity whilst applying KD’s underlaying Ethos. A challenge that they embrace.

Next Coaches’ Conference in April

The next topic will move from the philosophical to the practical – “Technical Principles for Young Goalkeepers” which some might say could be labelled “How to stop letting in goals”

Best wishes

Update 5th March 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Every Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – We all need to get fit for when football starts again.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09   .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

Restart of Grassroots Football:

The Government plans to restart from the 29th March. The vaccination program is going well so we hope there will be no delay.  The FA has ruled that the season can be extended to the end of June. Our Leagues are deciding their plans. It is not straightforward as some pitches will be unavailable due to annual maintenance or being incorporated into cricket pitches. The difficulties are exacerbated by councils having contracted out grounds maintenance  to companies – some of which have staff on furlough, so it is not always possible to find out whether grounds will be available in April, let alone May and June.  The current situation is:

  • The Middlesex County Football Association (All KD teams): The 2020/21 County Cup program has been cancelled
  • The Middlesex County Football  League (KD Senior Firsts and Blues): Are consulting with clubs and councils. They have the added problem that there are up to 20 teams in a division and it may prove impossible to play all the home and away matches before the end of June. The questions then become: How do they decide League winners? or Who should be promoted? or Relegated?
  • The Harrow Youth League (KD Boys U12s to U18s): Fixtures will be scheduled for  April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, is under review
  • The Capital Girls League (KD Girls U11s to U15s): Fixtures will be scheduled from Saturday 10th April, not the 4th as it is a Bank Holiday weekend. It is then hoped to schedule matches to the end of June.
  • Harrow Soccer Combination (KD Boys U11s): Fixtures will be scheduled for April 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th.  The program for May, and possibly June, is under review

Next Coaches’ Conference Tuesday 9th March:

All our coaches should attend. The topic will be “Kick-start your Coaching Philosophy bearing in mind the Dragons Ethos” .  The results of the previous Conference, with a paper describing KD’s Ethos and Operation, have been sent out to all coaches in reparation. This is an interesting topic. Our ethos is:

  • No player is prevented from joining in our activities because they cannot afford it.
  • Loyalty Begets Loyalty
  • There is more to football than just winning. It should be enjoyable
  • Education is important. Young players should strive to be better footballers, but not at the expense of their education. It is possible to be good at both

The coaches have to coach a squad in a competitive environment, whilst remembering our ethos. Decisions are not always easy. Deciding when and how to make a substitution, for example,  can be extremely stressful. Such decisions are better made from an agreed settled approach.

Best wishes

Update 26th February 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Every Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – We all need to get fit for when football starts again.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09  .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

Restart of Grassroots Football:

You will have seen the Government’s route out of Lockdown. If the progress on vaccinations, and decline in infections, continues we should be able to restart from the 29th March. We know however that The Middlesex County Football Association has decided to cancel the County Cups for this 2020/21 season. We do not know how our various leagues intend to respond to the reopening. One can see their difficulty as it is not a straightforward matter. In the same way it takes two to tango it takes all the clubs taking part to run a league and the various pitches to be available. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as we know.  We will be restarting football but we do not know in what form yet.

Next Coaches’ Conference Scheduled for Tuesday 9th March:

All our coaches should attend. The topic will be “Kick-start your Coaching Philosophy bearing in mind the Dragons Ethos” . Further briefing documents will be sent to the coaches in the next few days.

Best wishes

Update 19th February 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Every Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – We all need to get back to peak fitness. Join in, you will be delighted you did.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09  .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes.   

Players who are already joining in  sessions organised  for their own team can always join this extra session.  As a famous coach once said “A Fit Dragon is a Good Dragon”

Next Coaches’ Conference Scheduled for Tuesday 9th March:

The topic will be “Kick-start your Coaching Philosophy bearing in mind the Dragons Ethos”. Again there will prove not to be always easy answers.

Restart of Grassroots Football:

Boris Johnson has said he will set out a ‘route map’ out of lockdown in the week commencing 22 February –  ie next week. In the past, sometimes these announcements have then needed to be interpreted by the FA, MCFA and the three leagues we play in.  We hope to be able to give more guidance in our next update. In the meantime keep fit in the sure knowledge that the end is coming in sight

Best wishes

Update 11th February 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – Ever Saturday during Lockdown at 9.30am – Join in, everybody  who does is delighted they did.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09  .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

The format is :

  • 15 mins – Fitness Test (series of basic exercises lasting 30 seconds with as many repetitions as possible followed by 30 seconds rest).
  • 25 mins – Workout with exercises to improve speed, agility and stamina
  •   5 mins – Cool Down and Stretch

Please have a bottle of water, towel, paper and pencil  handy. You will be able to chart your progress week by week.

Rose, our trainer,  is very experienced having had to train to become the UK Karate Champion for 5 years in a row,  winning the European Gold medal along the way.

Successful Coaches’ Conference held on Tuesday 9 Feb:

There was an excellent turnout for our Conference. The “Break Out Rooms” proved a successful technological leap forward and allowed the smaller groups to discuss:

  1. At what age do you feel it is reasonable to focus on winning as opposed to player development ?
  2. How long would you allow your team to play in a certain style, that has been worked on in training, but yet you keep losing or not putting into practice?
  3. What considerations do you take into account to inform your decision ?
  4. How many substitutes do you feel is realistic to take on a match day (for 7, 9 and 11 side matches) ?
  5. What are the main tasks that need to be carried out on a match day for the Coach and for the Manager ?
  6. At what point do these preparations start if a match is scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday ?

There proved to be no easy answers but one overall important conclusion was that Managers and Coaches need to work together as a team.  

Best wishes

Update 3rd February 2021

Dragons Zoom Fitness Sessions For All – starting this Saturday 6th of Feb at 9.30am – Join in, you will delighted you did.

To join click on the link at 9.25am:  https://zoom.us/j/93010985110?pwd=TDRZLyswaU9ySGF4L1RXbmZpcFNnZz09  .The session starts at 9.30am sharp and will last 45 minutes:   

Rose has been holding zoom fitness sessions for our U12 Girls team for the last few weeks. They have proved a tremendous success with parents and siblings joining in – to begin with often behind their sofas but increasingly in full zoom view! Such has been their success that Rose offered to run sessions for the whole club so everybody is encouraged to join in. The lockdown will be one day be over so we all need to get back into peak condition and joining Rose is the way to do it. Rose’s sessions are designed for all abilities.

The format is :

  • 15 mins – Fitness Test (series of basic exercises lasting 30 seconds with as many repetitions as possible followed by 30 seconds rest).
  • 25 mins – Workout with exercises to improve speed, agility and stamina
  •   5 mins – Cool Down and Stretch

Please have a bottle of water, towel, paper and pencil  handy. You will be able to chart your progress week by week.

Rose is very experienced having had to train to become the UK Karate Champion for 5 years in a row,  winning the European Gold medal along the way.

Coaches’ Conference –  Tuesday 9 Feb from 7.00 to 8.15pm

All our coaches and Football Development Officers should attend the next Coaches’  Conference. We have invested in Zoom break out rooms so we will be able to split off into groups to discuss issues and report back to the main group. The zoom link will be send out separately.

Remember “A fit Dragon is a Good Dragon”