Academy stars Alefe Santos and Shaquille McDonald surprised Derby County’s Disability Player Development Centre at their training sessions last Friday night.

The Under 21 duo visited the two pan-disability sessions provided by Derby County Community Trust that includes participants ranging from 5 years old up to 16. The younger age group (5-11 years) train for one hour whilst the older age group (12-16) train for two hours every Friday. Both groups participate in football festivals around Derbyshire.

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During the session, the summer signings provided a question & answer session talking about the transition into Derby’s powerful youth system and what football means for them; before participating in group photos with the players. “With the fantastic form that the club is on at the moment, it’s great for the players to be involved with the disability programme” Lauren Asquith, Disability Football Development Officer, said about the visit from Alefe and Shaquille. “With the older players being involved in the FA talent pathway, it’s great for them to gain first hand advice from academy starlets who are heavily featured in the academy set up and first team football.”

Derby County Community Trust would like to extend their thanks to both Alefe and Shaquille for taking time out from their busy training schedule to visit the player development centre. We wish them luck in continuing on their Under 21 campaign.

For further information about Derby County Community Trust’s Disability Programs please contact our Disability Football Development Officer at 01332 667575 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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