Derby County Community Trust travelled to Northampton last week to play at the Sixfields Stadium in a Social Inclusion Tournament.

Northampton Town Community Trust hosted and organised the tournament, played on the pitch between football club community schemes from across the country and local social inclusion initiatives.

Representing Derby County on the day were participants from Jericho House who work closely with the Community Trust’s Active Choices programme; a healthy lifestyle and behavioural change programme which helps people who have struggled with substance misuse issues.

Starting off with a group stage, the Active Choices team saw off representatives from Coventry City, Peterborough and two local treatment centres along with a 0-0 stalemate with Wrexham to progress to the semi-finals.

An extra-time winner against Blackburn Rovers secured a 2-1 victory in the Semi-Final.

Even Premier League opposition didn’t faze the Active Choices side, winning 1-0 against Everton in the final and finishing the day as champions!

Following the day, Lee Fearnley from the Derby County Community Trust Said:

“We’re very proud of the guys today they performed brilliantly throughout and conducted themselves impeccably.

“The day showcased the great work all the clubs are doing in their areas and massive thanks goes to Northampton Town for organising.

“It’s great to come here and win the competition, but it is about much more than that and the day provided a great opportunity for our service users to represent Derby County and for us to connect with other Community Schemes.”

To find out more about the Active Choices programme and upcoming tournaments, please email [email protected]

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