Derby County’s match against Blackburn Rovers on 24th September will be billed as community day!

The event will be a celebration of Derby County’s official charity, Derby County Community Trust, and the aim of the day’s activities is to both raise awareness and raise funds to support the trust’s work across Derbyshire.


To build up to the day we will be sharing the impact of the different initiatives of the Derby County Community Trust on our website each day. Today, we look at the trust’s Education programme’s.

Our Football and Education programmes provide an extraordinary platform, giving talented young individuals the chance to further themselves, achieve a football scholarships and continue their full time academic studies.


Football and Education

The Football and Education programme works in partnership with Derby College to give 16-18 year olds the best opportunity to gain A-level and BTEC qualifications while training and competing in an elite football program. Our coaches are on hand to provide proper guidance and help participants find the correct balance of being a student athlete. Additionally, we will combine the technical, tactical, psychological and physical facets of the game to promote the development of both their studies and play.

In 2015/16 our eleven-a-side programme saw 28 learners participate in over 35 fixtures across the region against other colleges and private development centres. 85% of the cohort completed the year and 50% are remaining on the course for their second year of study.

We also ran two futsal teams across 2015/16 who played twice monthly in the regional futsal league based in Birmingham. 16 learners participated in over 20 fixtures and 90% of the cohort finished the course and achieved their predicted grades. Training for both disciplines was twice a week and all players represented the education programme by wearing full Derby County Football Club kit for all fixtures.


Foundation Degree – Community Football Coaching and Development

The Foundation Community Football Coaching and Development degree has been designed in conjunction with the Football League Trust to identify the type of skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs community departments or national governing bodies in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development.

In 2015/16 our Foundation Degree delivery was run directly from the iPro Stadium’s Education Room. 12 learners registered for this course with an equal split in year one and year two of the foundation degree. Attendance at assignment lessons was 90% average and 100% passed the year with their predicted grades. Each learner had a minimum of ten hours per week contact time with their mentor and access to 200 hours of practical work experience within the football club ranging from coaching and match analysis to community cohesion. The residential aspect of the course delivered at University of South Wales was attended by 100% and all achieved equal or above their practical assessment grade. 3 learners will be remaining within the degree course to complete their top up year and full degree status.



The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship policy at the heart of the Government’s vision for building a big society. NCS brings together 16-17 year olds from different backgrounds in a programme of challenge, service and learning, enabling them to develop the confidence, skills and attitudes they need to become more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens whilst having an amazing and enjoyable time on the fun and action packed programme.

Our NCS delivery started in October 2015 with 30 young people signed up for the four day residential and three days of social action planning. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the team building, self-esteem and reflection activities based on the residential.  They organised a bucket collection at the iPro Stadium during one of the Championship fixtures to raise much needed funds for a local charity. This initial number was increased for the summer period with 45 young people completing two weeks of residential and two further weeks of planning and delivery of a social action project.  One of the projects highlighted was a local charity for autistic children and developing the facility to offer extended activities for school visits.


Derby Pride Academy

With a vision of development at the core of its ethos, Derby Pride Academy supports learners and educates them to be responsible members of the community, raising expectations and contributing to the well-being and cohesion of the community.

The Academy teaches students aged 11-16 and was formed alongside the Derby County Community Trust. It caters primarily for young people who are at a high risk or have already been excluded from mainstream schools.

After what has been a highly successful few years since its formation back in 2012 – 2015/16 saw the Derby Pride Academy is celebrate its best ever set of GCSE results.


Kick Off Take Off

Kick Off Take Off is a project in partnership with Rolls Royce. It is targeted towards year 6 and year 7 school children to highlight the need for maths and science within most jobs and future careers. The two hour delivery involved representatives from Derby County Community Trust and Rolls Royce delivering tasks and challenges to make them use their maths and science skills in job related activities like match analysis or designing an aeroplane. Over 300 school children enjoyed these sessions across ten schools within the Derby area.


New for 2016/17

2016/17 will see the introduction of Traineeships in partnership with a further education provider. The course will be based at the new offices in Derby and have three days of real work experience across the many delivery sectors of the trust. The learners will also take a recognised coaching qualification and improve their maths and English qualifications alongside job preparation and interview techniques. There will be a maximum of 16 allocated spaces for this course per academic year and the main exit route will be into a guaranteed interview for an apprenticeship position within the trust. There will be new apprenticeship positions for education, school sports partnership and marketing and communication.

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