We are delighted to announce that Lauren Asquith, DCCT’s Disability Football Development Officer, has been presented with the FA Game Youth Council’s award for “Outstanding Contribution to Football.” Lauren was presented with the award at the Football Futures Recognition Awards hosted by the FA Game Youth Council on October 15th at St. George’s Park. These prestigious awards recognize the work and achievements of young people within grassroots football.

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Lauren is delighted to be able to add this award to a long list of achievements she has already garnered while being the youngest football development officer in the UK. Among these achievements are over 3,000 voluntary hours within the Football Futures Programme, FA National Young Coach Development Programme (Advanced Group) 2014, Youth Sport Trust National Young Coaches Academy (2012, 2013, 2014), FA Changing Lives Leadership Programme in Rwanda (2014), Cerebral Palsy World Cup 2015 Organizing Committee Member, FA Fives National Finals Wembley (2013), National Team Sixteen Launch (2013), National Disability Team Sixteen pilot through DCCT (2014), and FA National Game Youth Council member.

The Football Futures Recognition Awards are in their third year and offer awards across six themes (Coaching, Refereeing, Running Events, Promoting the Game, Running the Game, and Respect). Alex Horne, FA General Secretary, and Kelly Simmons, FA Director of National Game and Women’s Football, were on hand to partake in a guest panel to give the attendees a chance to ask important questions to very influential people. Kieren Laverick, Vice-Chairperson of The FA National Game Youth Council, said about the event: “Events such as this can show the wide range and important impact that young people can have within the game. Their passion and commitment to develop our National Game is truly remarkable and suggests that the future of football is in safe hands.”

To learn more about Derby County Community Trust’s disability programs, feel free to contact us at 01332 667575 or e-mail [email protected]

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