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Derby Pride Academy Students undertake Sports Leaders Qualification

During April 2014 a group of Year 11 students from Derby Pride Academy delivered a football coaching session with younger pupils from Derby Moor Community Sports College to successfully complete the Level 1 Sports Leader Award with DCCT. 

Six DPA students planned and delivered the sessions which were the culmination of the 30 hour course that they had been involved in over the previous ten weeks. Throughout the course the group took part in classroom lessons at DPA as well as practical coaching sessions at Powerleague.  At Derby Moor the sports leaders led a warm-up, skill development session and a small sided game tournament with pupils from years seven and eight.

Feedback from the DCCT coaches, the school staff and participants was that the group had done really well in their volunteering roles by demonstrating their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved in the activities from a leadership point of view.

Richard Astle, DCCT Inclusion Manager said “It’s been brilliant to observe the development of the young people from the start of the project.  In the early stages it was hard to get some of them to engage fully and now to watch them deliver sessions to the pupils from Derby Moor it really has shown the change in character.  Some of the candidates have never been given responsibility like this before and to watch them thrive on it was really humbling and just shows the potential they have when given a chance.”

Derby Pride Academy is proud to be one of the first Alternative Provision Free Schools opened in the country.  A Derby Pride Trust development; Derby Pride Academy is being led by Derby Moor Community Sports College in partnership with Derby County Football Club to provide Level 2 Outcomes and redirection work for high need students.

 

DCFC Walking Football Team in Derbyshire Festival

On Thursday 10th April a team representing DCFC took part in a Walking Football Festival at St George’s Park, the home of the national Football Association.  The festival was organised by Derbyshire FA’s Lauren Mellor and brought together teams from Derby, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Glossop.

The majority of participants were above the age of 60 and have been attending regular walking football sessions over the last few months in an effort to keep fit and get back into playing football.  Many of the players hadn’t played for many years before taking up the opportunity to lace up their boots again to get back to playing the beautiful game, just at a slightly slower pace!

The festival was played in a great spirit with all matches being closely contested and all decided by just the one goal.  Despite only one defeat in their group matches, DCFC had to be content with a place in the 3rd – 4th place play-off which they won 1 – 0 against Clay Cross.  The eventual winners were the team representing Chesterfield FC who beat Glossopdale Gents 1 – 0 in the final showpiece match.

Richard Astle, Inclusion Manager at DCCT attended the festival with the team and was delighted at the turnout from the Derby players.  Richard said of the team “we regularly get about 10 players attending our weekly sessions at Willows and for all of them to travel out on a Thursday evening is a great response from all of the players involved.  The camaraderie between the players and their opponents is something that is often missing from the pressurised environment of mainstream football these days”.

For more information about the regular walking football sessions run by Derby County Community Trust and Derbyshire FA please contact Richard Astle on 01332 667575 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

DCCT Gangs Project deliver Junior Football Leaders Course

During the February half-term holiday a group of young people successfully completed the FA Junior Football Leader Award with DCCT.  Twelve youngsters were identified as having the potential to undertake the award through their involvement in our Gangs Project run in partnership with the Enthusiasm Trust.

Throughout the week the group took part in classroom lessons at the iPro Stadium and the Enthusiasm Centre on Cotton Lane as well as practical coaching and refereeing sessions at Powerleague.  On Thursday and Friday the young people took charge of refereeing and coaching children at the DCCT holiday club under the supervision of our qualified coaches.

Feedback from the DCCT coaches and the holiday club participants was that the group had done really well in their volunteering roles by demonstrating their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved in the activities from a leadership point of view.

Mat Blakemore, DCCT Gangs Project Sport Development Officer said “It’s been brilliant as project officer to watch the change in the young people from the start of the project.  In the early stages it was hard to get some of the young people to engage fully and now to watch them deliver sessions to some of the children on our holiday courses it really has shown the change in character.  Some of the candidates have never been given responsibility like this before and to watch them thrive on it was really humbling and just shows the potential they have when given a chance.”

The Gangs Project is funded by Comic Relief and targets young people at risk of becoming involved in gangs in Derby but who have shown a willingness to get involved in more positive opportunities.  Delivered in partnership with the Enthusiasm Trust the project has been running for almost a year with one more year of funding left to run.

 

Do something amazing with your summer

Derby County Community Trust have partnered with Derby College to deliver the National Citizen Service. NCS is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all 16-17 year olds in England, that helps you build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

It runs in the spring, summer and autumn, during school holidays. You’ll have a short time away from home doing outdoors activities like canoeing, abseiling and white-water rafting. This will be followed by skills-building activities and a social action project in teams which will help your community.

Say YES and you will:

  • Take on exciting new challenges and have a great time
  • Make a difference whilst making loads of new friends
  • Grow your confidence and build your CV
  • Learn lifelong skills that help you get ready for 6th form, college, university or work
  • Be inspired to experience something new through helping your community
  • Celebrate your achievements with a graduation get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister

Laura, 16 said "The best part of NCS for me was meeting all the new people, and learning that I can always do what I set my mind to".

Each NCS participant will be placed in a team of fifteen, accompanied by a Team Leader and a Team Mentor and they will take part in the following activities.

NCS is delivered in four stages.

Becoming someone – A residential at an outdoor activity centre based around team building. Activities may include, abseiling, climbing, raft building etc.

Skills Building – Each team will take part in activities and inspiring workshops at Derby College Roundhouse to build skills in creating a community project

Project Planning – Each team will have 60hrs to steer and organise their own community project designed to create a better environment for people living in their area.  The team will work together to create a better community. It could be a renovation project, fundraising for a local charity or group, revamping a garden, giving a building a makeover, setting up a youth project or starting a new enterprise; it’s completely up to them.

Graduation – A formal presentation of a certificate in recognition of achievements.

Get your summer sorted – spend some time away from home doing something fun and unwind after your exams. Get your friends along too and do something different with your summer.

For more information visit www.ncsnottsderby.co.uk or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Pride Park Hosts NCS Winners

A group of young people who raised the most for charity as part of this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme have been rewarded for their efforts with a hospitality package at Pride Park courtesy of Derby County football club.

During July and August more than 650 young people aged 16 and 17 from throughout the city and county took part in the Government’s flagship personal and social development programme led in the region by New College Nottingham (NCN) and run locally by Derby College and Derby County Community Trust.

The aim of the on-going NCS programme is to enable young people to make a positive difference to their local communities. NCS participants have developed their team building and problem solving skills through a series of outdoor activities. They have also researched local projects to find out more about local issues and have developed a voluntary work programme in their local communities.

At a graduation ceremony at The Roundhouse, the group who called themselves Team Gerald, were declared the winners of the programme and will now enjoy a trip to the Sky Box at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday October 1 to watch Derby County versus Ipswich Town.

The 12-strong Team Gerald decided that they wanted to support the YMCA in Derby for their community project and raised more than £1,300 for the charity’s work with local young people by bag packing in local supermarkets and organising a gig at the Out of Town Inn in Ripley, a Fun Day at Derby College and through sponsored events.

Team Mentor John Pickering said: “The team did a great job both fund raising and providing an area where the young people can now grow their own produce through the YMCA and greatly deserve this prize.“In addition, they really helped to raise the profile of the organisation through their efforts which will hopefully open up further fund raising and donation streams in the future.”

Gillian Sewell, Chief Executive of YMCA Derbyshire, added: “The young people on Team Gerald were outstanding. “It was a real privilege to work with them and watch them develop and grow in confidence. These are difficult times for third sector organisations such as YMCA Derbyshire and the support of these young people and everyone else involved in the National Citizenship Service programme is greatly appreciated.”

Derby College Director of Enterprise and Innovation Louise Curd said: “This year’s NCS programme has been another huge success and has provided young people with a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and then make a real difference to local communities by volunteering their time in a project that they themselves had chosen and developed.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County in the Community, concluded: “The programme gives young people a constructive way to begin their journey into adulthood after they leave school. Participants gain lifelong skills from the scheme by working together to budget and plan, whilst also engaging with their local community.”

For more information on how to sign up for future NCS programmes, visit www.ncsnottsderby.co.uk

 

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