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Freedom Through Football – 2nd Edition Launch and Film Night

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Diary, Events News | 0 comments

Come and celebrate the launch of the second edition of Freedom Through Football, which updates our story to include the years 2012-17. There’s also another chance to see Harri’s acclaimed documentary of the Cowgirls’ 2014 Palestine tour BALLS, BARRIERS AND BULLDOZERS. Plus a report back from Cowgirls who have recently returned from the West Bank.

Freedom Through Football Cover

25th Anniversary Silver Mooobilee Tournament

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in 25th anniversary, Club News, Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls 25th Anniversary Tournament
Celebrating 25 years of sport, solidarity and silliness!

The Easton Cowboys & Cowgirls are staging our 25th anniversary celebrations from Friday 28th – Mon 31st July 2017 in Thorncombe, Dorset.

Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls Silver Mooobilee Tournament poster

The details below are subject/likely to change at any time!

  • Men’s and Women’s 7-a-side football tournaments
  • 20/20 Cricket (open to all)
  • Kids activities and football
  • Bands and DJs
  • Mass Karaoke
  • Silver disco
  • Cocktail bar
  • Ping pong and pub games
  • Meaty, veggie and vegan food and booze available all weekend
  • Charity shop fundraising for Temwa projects in Malawi (please bring football tops, banners, tournament memorabilia etc to donate)

The lowdown and rough plan

All invited teams have been contacted by either men’s or women’s football co-ordinators.

We will be asking everyone for a suggested camping donation of £10 per adult to help cover costs. This is the same whether you are staying for one night or all three.

Card payments will be accepted on site for merchandise and food & drink. However, please note that you will be a long way from the nearest cashpoint and the card machines are wifi dependent so please try to bring enough cash with you to last the whole weekend.

Friday 28th July

2pm onwards: Camping area opens for arrival and catch ups

4pm: Main tournament site opens

9pm: Tournament draw and welcome

10pm onwards: Live music from Skimmity Hitchers and Cosmic Ninja

Saturday 29th July

All Day: Men’s and Women’s football matches and kids activities by CACKK

7pm: 20/20 cricket game – World XI vs London Itinerants (main pitch after football)

Evening: Mass team Karaoke with a ‘popstars dead or alive’ fancy dress theme followed by The Silver Moobilee Disco Ball DJs (wear silver)

Sunday 30th July

All Day: Plenty more football and the finals plus kids activities by CACKK

Evening: Tournament award ceremony followed by DJs

Monday 31st July

Please help us clear up. Breakfast is available until 11am. Everyone needs to be off site by 12pm.

Download tournament poster and further details (pdf)

Some polite requests

  1. Please don’t bring your own alcohol, drink ours. It will be reasonably priced, lovely and helps pay for everything!
  2. Please don’t bring dogs.
  3. Raised BBQs only in the camping field. No ground fires.
  4. Please don’t piss anywhere except the toilets.
  5. We are trying to stay as plastic free as possible so please bring your own refillable water bottle. There will be tap water available but no bottled water to buy on site.
  6. We will have plenty of recycling points for all of your rubbish.  Please help us to reduce landfill waste by using them. No excuses people. Leave No Trace.
  7. This is a family friendly event and there is a dedicated quiet area for family camping. Please respect this. The kids activity tent isn’t a creche, kids remain your responsibility at all times.

Can each team please

Register your team and pay the £100 entrance fee asap. If your team can’t pay or you are short of players then please let either the men’s or women’s football coordinators know and we’ll sort something out!

Please pay by bank transfer and use your team name as the reference

Account name: Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls
Sort code: 08 92 99
Account number: 65314359
Reference: Use your team name here so we know you’ve paid

International bank transfer details

Bank name: The Co-operative Bank PLC
Swift address: CPBKGB22
Account name: Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls Social
Account number: 65314359
IBAN code: GB39 CPBK 0892 9965 3143 59
Reference: Use your team name here so we know you’ve paid

  • Let us know how many of you are coming and when you will arrive
  • Bring a trophy/award to be presented to another team
  • Bring a banner to be displayed on the tournament site
  • Send us a short write-up about your team and a photo for the programme by 3rd July

We’re looking forward to seeing you all very soon!

Cowgirls football newsletter issue 8

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Results/Reports, Team News | 0 comments

This issue: Diyar’s visit and Wendy’s ‘unique’ Copa Lucrecia roundup!

Palestinian women’s team visit

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Diary, Events News, Team News | 4 comments

In June a women’s football team from Diyar Academy in Bethlehem, who the Cowgirls met on their 2015 tour to the West Bank, will be coming to the UK. The Cowgirls will be hosting them for a weekend in Bristol on the 2nd-4th. On Friday night we will be eating food and showing the Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers film at the Palestine museum, and on Saturday there will be a tournament with teams from Bristol Women’s Football Casual League starting at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome, and please invite your friends. Full details in the flyer:

Tournament fundraiser: Muff Said + DJ Tina Hart

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in 25th anniversary, Diary, Events News | 0 comments

Muff Said have kindly offered to donate the proceeds of their next gig to the tournament – so get yer skanking boots on!

A night of live brassy ska followed by a DJ set from Tina Hart that’ll have you dancing til’ dawn.

Republicow v United Glasgow exhibition game

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Team News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

Easton Cowgirls, Republica IFC and United Glasgow standing up to intolerance

Last month 9 cowgirls travelled to Manchester to play in a special women’s match against United Glasgow. The match was part of the ‘Our City United’ tournament organised by Manchester Unison, involving teams from communities across the city and invited teams from across Britain and Europe with an ethos of community and solidarity. We were joined by some friends from Leeds from Republica IFC to make an unstoppable 11 aside Republicow team. The game was fairly evenly matched in the first half, despite an accident involving a bash on the conk and smashed glasses for  Flic. The second half saw us going one-nil down in the first few minutes. This was obviously highly shocking to the old system and instigated us upping our game and seeing 3 cracking goals from Bridie, Talin and Blue.

Following the match we had a showing of our Palestine tour film ‘Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers’, followed by watching FC United’s game at the Broadhurst Park stadium. The rest of the evening will probably need to be related in person in the Plough!

 

The very distracted Easton Cowgirls at the ‘Our City United’ tournament, Manchester

Cowgirls newsletter issue 4

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Club News | 0 comments

Proudly East London football tournament

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Diary, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

We’ve very nicely been invited to Clapton Ultra’s ‘Proudly East London’ tournament 2017. Info below. Looks like we’ll be entering either 1 women’s and 1 men’s team, or a mixed team.

In partnership with Kick It Out and Fans For Diversity, we’re hosting our annual Proudly East London 5-a-side football tournament on Saturday July 15th 2017 and would like to invite your team to attend. The tournament aims to bring football teams and community groups together to celebrate the diversity of East London and promote inclusion both within and beyond football. We expect the tournament to run from around 12-6pm and hope to organise an after-party following the day’s play.

This year we’re aiming to build on last year’s event by including more teams and making sure the teams match up better. With this in mind, we ask that you roughly assess your team’s ability and/or competitiveness in terms of the following three categories:
1) Just for fun (i.e. non-competitive)
2) Half-decent (mixed ability)
3) Competitive (a majority of experienced players)
This will make it easier for us to match up teams and make sure that tournament works for everyone. If you’re a mixed or women’s team, we also ask if you could state whether you’d be happy to play against men’s and/or mixed teams. 
 
This year we’ll be running a food bank for our local refugee group, so please be prepared to bring along non-perishable food items to contribute to this. If you’d like to help out with refereeing, music or any other part of the preparation, please let us know. We run the tournament as volunteers on a tight budget so could always do with any extra pair of hands.
 
We hope you can join us this year so please get back to us once you’ve checked with your team.
 
In solidarity,
Clapton Ultras

‘Balls, Barriers and Balldozers’ showing, Newcastle

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Diary, Events News | 0 comments

Side Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne are screening ‘Balls, Barriers and Balldozers’; the 40 minute documentary about the Easton Cowgirls and Republica Internationale women’s football tour of the West Bank. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the film director and players from the tour.

Doors open at 18.30pm for a 19.00pm start.
Please buy tickets in advance for £5 (plus 50p bf) at: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/ballsbarriersandbulldozers

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hebron International Resource Network who facilitated the tour. Check out the trailer for a glimpse of what to expect: https://vimeo.com/145781234