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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.

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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


Derwent U9's start the season in style


The new Derwent FC Under 9’s team, created from children coming down to the Racecourse over the last nine months have been training ready for the new season. The players have been very committed and patient training ready to represent Derwent FC in the Derby Junior Football League.

The team had a brilliant first game playing Littleover Dazzlers. Derwent played some really good football at times, some smart passes being made topped up with  some great defending and goal keeping.

Littleover Dazzlers put Derwent under pressure for spells of the game but the team handled it very well.  Following this, Derwent managed to get four goals past their opponents, three of them were great finishes from some great individual and team play.

Littleover got 2 goals past Derwent FC which was a great effort by them.

The game finished 4-2 to Derwent FC.

Well done to all players involved.



Homeless World Cup in Poland


Chetan Chauhan has been given the honour of being chosen as the captain for the England Homeless FA team currently competing in the Homeless World Cup in Poznan, Poland.  Chetan took part in the Homeless FA Training Centre delivered by Derby County Community trust during April and May 2013.  The training centre programme included a matchday experience at the Rams v Ipswich game, a Sports Leaders qualification delivered by Derby County Community Staff Richard Astle and Luke Wilkinson, plus a play on the pitch match at Pride Park Stadium.  Over twenty people who have recently experienced homelessness took part in the programme and three participants were nominated to be put forward for Team England based on their attitude, willingness to work in a team and attendance.  Chetan was one of those put forward to a Team England day at St George’s Park where he was informed that he would be representing England at the World Cup.  Chetan then had the honour of parading the flag around the stadium in Poznan during the opening ceremony.


Here is Chetan’s summary of the opening event.


I was so overwhelmed to be chosen as England captain for the opening ceremony and first game, what an achievement, I felt like crying with joy


From the start of the first day I had to think like a captain as me and Lisa went to the Lech Poznań stadium to practice carrying flags for the big opening ceremony the next day. Wow, what a place! We had to be up really early for this, so as we stood on the bus to the stadium we kept on nodding off and bumping into each other, it must have looked so funny to all the other national captains!


When we got back to the team they were buzzing wanting to know about where we had been and what was happening the next day, but before I could chat to the guys about it we were off to the opening parade. I proudly carried the English flag through the town of Poznań all the way to where the pitches that we will be playing the Homeless World Cup are.



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