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CRT Midnight League Futsal Fives

Football sessions funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust have been running twice a week at Aldercar Community Language College for over a year and participation numbers have steadily increased at this relatively new project. 

From the outset the lead coach has been particularly keen to expose the players to the highest level of coaching that they are receptive to and to offer them opportunities to participate in competitive football matches and tournaments.  A group of players from the regular sessions were invited to join the Derbyshire Futsal Fives competition and with support from the staff and coaches at kicks they joined the league in its inaugural round of matches.  Since that initial short season the team have taken it upon themselves to continue their involvement in the competition and to take responsibility for their commitment to the league organiser in terms of payments and attendance.

Please see the link below to the FA’s Full Time website for further details of fixtures and results, the Aldercar team have chosen to call themselves Aston Thrillers.

DCCT Inclusion Manager, Richard Astle, comments:  “The funding that we received helped to support the team during the first Futsal Fives season and the players have done extremely well to use their own initiative in order to maintain their involvement in the league.  While I would have preferred to see them choose a more DCFC focused team name I understand that this was going to be difficult as the project is based so close to the border with Nottinghamshire and inevitably there are a number of Forest fans amongst the players!”

Amarjit Jandu, Lead Coach adds: “Thanks to funding from the PLCF we can teach these young people how to play a sport that they enjoy, while also learning real life lessons. The coaching sessions and Futsal Fives League are about more than just football, it is about engagement, social skills, participation and positive role models.”

Tom Nelson, Community Sports Development Manager at Aldercar Community Language College said “the lads who joined the league from the Kicks sessions have been a real credit to themselves and to the staff at DCCT who have encouraged them all the way, in terms of their participation but also with regards to behaviour and sportsmanship”.


Kicks Cup 2014

On Sunday 27th July, Aston Villa hosted the 2014 Kicks Cup at The Academy building at Villa Park. The cup was contested between 12 different teams representing Wolves, Aston Villa (2 teams), Sheffield Utd (2 teams), Blackpool, West Brom, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Birmingham, Everton and Derby County.

The cup competition was very evenly contested with some fantastic football on show from all of the competing teams. All teams were split into two different groups. Each team played against each other with the top two teams going through to compete in the semi-final.

The lads did fantastically well winning three, drawing one and losing one game and managed to make it through to the semi-final. They faced Aston Villa in one of the games with Birmingham playing Sheffield Utd in the other. Unfortunately after putting in a fantastic performance Derby Conceded with 20 seconds remaining and Villa managed to hang on to go through to the final.

The final was a fantastic game with Sheffield Utd managing to take the game 3-2. The Cup was a fantastic success with all teams having a brilliant day. The Derby boys should be incredibly proud of making it to the semi final and were unfortunate not to not make it to the final. A massive well done to the boys!


DCCT Shortlisted for National Award

Derby County Community Trust, alongside local charity Global Education Derby (GED), were guest of honour at a prestigious London event after being shortlisted for the Beyond Sport London 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Word of the Common Goal project, linking Derby Moor Community Sports College students with Springwell College, through sport, had been put forward by funders Comic Relief to Beyond Sport resulting in a surprise nomination.

Richard Astle, Inclusion manager at DCCT, Yvonne Luce from GED plus representatives from both schools, were invited to London to meet, John Amaechi OBE – Psychologist and former NBA player and paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE as part of an evening dedicated to the ongoing legacy of the 2012 Olympics.

Common Goal Project Manager, Yvonne Luce, said, “It is tremendous to realise that our work is earning national recognition. Hopefully, it shows that our project has a bright future empowering young people.”

Richard Astle added “Our involvement with GED goes back a number of years working with school pupils across the county on a range of projects centred around community cohesion, identity and belonging as well as anti-racism campaigns and sports leadership.  This nomination is a fantastic commendation for the partnership working between our organisations over recent years”.


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 .


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