Author: francis.athill

KDFC South Africa Tour 2010

KENSINGTON DRAGONS AT THE TRANSCAPE RURAL SOCCER WORLD CUP

After a successful 2009-10 campaign in the Harrow Youth League, the Dragons accepted the challenge to participate in the TransCape Rural Soccer World Cup to be held in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. TransCape is an NPO based in the rural Ngqeleni District, the poorest area in South Africa. It was started by the owners of Mdumbi Backpackers and Doctors working at Canzibe Hospital in an attempt to help the people living in the area face the many challenges of their daily lives.  With the benefits of the recent Fifa World Cup seemingly confined to the major towns and cities, TransCape sought to use Soccer to unite the local community and offer HIV/Aids testing and counselling to marginalised communities. Their 6 month project used a tournament qualification model to involve the entire region, culminating in the final 8 teams attending the Rural World Cup in Mdumbi.

A group of U16-U18 Dragon Players, Parents and Coaching Volunteers set off on in August 2010 on a 12,000 mile round trip from London to Mdumbi, situated on the remote, south east corner of South Africa.

Starting in Johannesburg to buy football equipment and kit to support local school and village football teams, the group embarked on a 13 hour coach drive to Mdumbi where they spent 10 days meeting local people, helping to teach in the local primary school, holding soccer and netball coaching sessions in the area and playing in the TRSC10 International Finals.

Not only a wonderful opportunity to support such a good cause but a key part of our own personal development with many of the youth players involved having little or no previous experience of travel, the great outdoors or what it is like for the people living in one of the poorest areas of the world.

Please take a look through our slideshow, a snapshot of the experience and of South Africa itself.

 

Dear Chris and the Kensington Dragons Team,

On behalf of TransCape, I want to thank you so much for making the effort to join us here for the TRSC10 International Finals tournament and to do such great work during your week here on the Wild Coast of South Africa!

I know that the villages we went to were so excited to see you all and greatly benefitted from your generous gifts not just of physical things but of your desire to serve and give of your time and efforts. You fulfilled the hopes and dreams of many here to play against an international team and you will not be forgotten soon.

Here at Mdumbi we all had a great time hosting you all and hope that it will become an annual trip for the Kensington Dragons Club!

Kindest regards,

Steve Bollon

Soccer Co-ordinator, TransCape NPO 

 

Click here more information on TransCape and their Sports Education Programme

You can also read all about the tournament and the positive effect on the local community.

 

 

 

Kensington Dragons Girls page launched!

Welcome to our new dedicated page to KDFC Girls Section. We’ll keep you up to date with all the developments including events and tournaments and our progress to have a KDFC Girls Team ready to begin competetive matches from January 2014. Training is running at present and free to join, full details as follows:

Ages:  9-12 &13-16 years old

Venue: Big Pitch at Westway Sports Centre  1 Crowthorne Rd (off St Helens Gardens) W10 6RP.

We will be using the rear half of the pitch.

Time:  5.30 – 7.30pm

Dates: Fridays, Starting 23 November

Contact Head Coach:

Jeta Bytyqi  girlsfootball@kensingtondragons.com

FA Level 1, Youth Module 1 and Emergency first aid qualified. CRB checked.

Or Just turn up on the day!

 

Under 10s/11s Training

 

For Under 10s/11s Kensington Dragons holds Open Training sessions at Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, W10 on Saturdays 10am to 11.30am.

The Reserves beat West London Saracens 3-0

The Dragons knew they had to win this and the next game if they were to cling on to the hope of a third place finish. It was obvious from the outset that the stronger, fitter and technically betterDragons could win the game if they were patient. The opening 25 minutes were a frustrating affair with the Dragons having the lions share of possession but failing to capitalise. On 35 minutes the Saracens goalie miss kicked straight to the Dragons centre forward who gleefully rounded the keeper to slot home to leave the Dragons 1-0 up at half time. The second half was a repeat of the first with the Dragons camped in Imperial’s penalty area but missing chance after chance. Finally a Dragons penalty was awarded on 65 minutes to make it 2-0 and just like London buses another goal followed shortly after.

The Firsts beat Imperial College Old Boys 5-1 away

With other teams catching up on games the Dragons had moved from first to fourth place and were praying for teams to drop points whilst they collected the remaining nine points available. Imperial started brightly forcing the Dragons to get into their stride. Imperial contained the Dragons fluid passing and movement but the strain was starting to show. On fifteen minutes a great ball to the back post was controlled and slotted home nonchalantly for the first Dragons goal and then another came from a towering header across the goal. Dragons could smell blood now and the game was soon beyond doubt with a third Dragons goal. The second half was more disjointed with the Dragons claiming the lion-share of possession but only able to score two further goals. The disappointment came in the fourth minute of injury time when an Imperial free-kick denied the Dragons their fifth clean sheet. A sign of how this Dragonsteam has evolved over the season is that it is disappointing to concede a goal when five nil up. Six points to go and fingers crossed.

The U13A’s beat title contenders Ruislip Rangers team 4-3 at home.

The U13As played well, with strength all over the park. The Dragons goalie pulled off difficult saves; the defence were very strong and dealt effectively with fast moving opponents; whilst the midfield and wings filtered and delivered balls efficiently to the Dragons striker. Ruislip went up 1-0 on the 20th minute, but the Dragons quickly equalised from a superb header. In the 2nd half Ruislip pulled ahead to 2-1 but the new Dragons formation of 5-4-1 enabled them to deliver good ball to their striker who sealed a terrific hat trick. The final score stood at 4-3 after Ruislip scored 2 minutes from the end.

Under 18s 2011/12 Premiership Champions

The U18’s were put in an unassailable position to win the Premiership Title when FC Kensington was suspended and the Dragons awarded the 3 points for the match on 15th April. With the Trophy Cup quarter final on 29 May and League Cup Final on 7 May this is a busy time for the Dragons, keep it up boys!