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Achieve FC Kicks Off in Derby

Thanks to the fantastic support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Monday 15 December marked the launch of Achieve FC in Derby. The programme is set to be an effort to help people who are experiencing homelessness or have within the past year, gain employability skills. Specifically, the participants will be working towards gaining their FA Level One Football Coaching and Sports Leaders UK Level One.

Ten interested participants attended the first session held at the Powerleague Derby. The day began with an information session about what the programme will include and the goals for everyone involved. Former Homeless FA participant, Lizzie Hunt, gave the students her perspective of joining a similar programme and how it has changed her life. For the last hour of the day the DCCT staff ran through football drills to give a sample of what would be to come for the remainder of the programme.

Another Achieve FC session will be held again on the 26th January from 12 - 15.00 at Powerleague, Derby. From these two groups, DCCT will then put 24 participants through the Level 1 & 2 awards in Sports Leadership. Eventually, these aspiring coaches will be able to offer new coaching and educational workshops to the local community and a select group will eventually become DCCT staff.

Derby County Community Trust’s Inclusion Manager and Achieve FC organizer, Lyndon Roberts, was delighted with how the first session went. “I believe that Achieve FC can and will be a life changing programme for many young people. By combining football with gaining a firm base for employability, the students can have fun in the process. I am very much looking forward to our second session and getting the certification process started.”

If you have any questions about “Achieve FC” or would like to get involved please contact You may also ring the Derby County Community Trust office at 01332 667575.


Derby Adult Learning Service, Being Your Own Boss and DCCT to Offer Self-Employment Courses

Derby Adult Learning Service, Being Your Own Boss Ltd, and Derby County Community Trust have teamed up to offer free sessions on self-employment. Topics to be covered will include identifying a viable business idea, finding the right business structure, where to get free support, and how much start up cost to expect. The sessions will take place at the iPro Stadium on various dates. Please contact the Adult Learning Service at 01332 717900 to schedule.


DCFC Represented in FA Girls' Football Festival at Wembley

Derby County Community Trust competed in the FA Girls’ Football Festival at Powerleague Wembley before the England women faced Germany on Sunday 23 November. The event was jointly organised by the FA and Premier League in an effort to further the development of the FA Women’s and Girls’ Programme. DCCT’s team was comprised of girls that consistently take part in our sessions and highlighted the constant growth that women’s football continues to have around the country.

Each team competed in a 5-a-side tournament along with several other activities throughout the day. WSL players attended the event, as well, for the participants to meet and ask questions. After the fun filled day, everyone proceeded to witness the historic match between England and Germany in Wembley stadium along with over 45,000 others. DCCT Premier League 4 Sport Officer, Josh Scully, said about the event, “It was a fantastic day and I would like to thank the Premier League and FA for putting everything together. The girls surely had an experience that they will never forget and can say they were part of women’s English football history.”

The FA Women’s and Girls’ Programme was developed by the FA, Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League Trust to help provide more grassroots football sessions for women. In just over a year, the programme has engaged over 20,992 participants and is now focusing on boosting that number to over 40,000 by August 2015.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about women’s football sessions you can reach us at 01332 667575 or e-mail


DCCT Inclusion Programme Seeking Volunteers

Derby County Community Trust is seeking volunteers to assist with the delivery of our Inclusion Programme. Volunteers will be able to commit to a regular weekly session(s) initially for one academic term and will also be enrolled in the Football Association’s Football Futures programme. Each volunteer will be assigned a Coach Mentor, who will provide guidance and support throughout the placement. Additionally, workshops will be provided with the support of Derbyshire FA to further aid future employability. A range of benefits will be available, such as match tickets, stadium tours, professional development opportunities, kit, references and the possibility of paid employment.

DCCT Inclusion currently works with partners, such as, the Premier League, Football League, Prince’s Trust, Homeless FA and People’s Postcode Trust to assist hard to reach young people across Derby. The FA’s Football Futures aim is to recruit, retain, develop and reward the young leaders in the program in an effort to further develop a skilled workforce for the game.

Click here for a full job description.

If you are interested in volunteering at DCCT please submit a CV and covering letter no more than one page in length to Lyndon Roberts via For more information call 07929 447 636.


"Achieve FC" Launched Thanks to Support Received from Players of People's Postcode Lottery


An initiative for local people who are experiencing homelessness to become certified in FA Level One Coaching Football and Sports Leaders UK Level One has received a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery.

Derby County Community Trust was awarded £19,995 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The organisation will use the money to run “Achieve FC.”

The project will allow people who are experiencing homelessness in Derby to have the opportunity to gain their Level One certification in coaching from the FA and Level One from Sports Leaders UK. December 15th will mark the beginning of the programme at the Powerleague Soccerdome, Derby. Derby County Community Trust staff will be on hand to run workshops and assist with the certification over the yearlong programme.

DCCT’s Inclusion Manager and head of Achieve FC, Lyndon Roberts, says, “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Achieve FC. DCCT has an excellent track record in providing opportunities for local people to access training and employment. Not only will participants benefit from accredited training and employment, but the local community will benefit from extra football sessions and coaching.”

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 50p from every £2 ticket goes to support charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised stays local to players.  

To learn more about “Achieve FC” and Derby County Community Trust, visit: or e-mail

To find out more about applying for People’s Postcode Trust funding and the projects that the Trust supports visit

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win cash prizes while supporting local good causes, sign up for People’s Postcode Lottery at, or call 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5.


People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Players have raised over £53.8m for good causes across Great Britain and globally.

The Trust aims to make communities a better place for both people and nature by awarding grants of between £500 and £20,000 (£5,000 in Wales) to charities and good causes.

The Trust has awarded over £8.4 million in funding to date and made possible over 1300 charity projects benefiting local communities across Britain.

People’s Postcode Trust was established as an independent charity (charity number SC040387) in April 2009. Visit to find out more.


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