The launch of the Derby County Community Trust’s 2018 Annual Report has detailed an investment of over £2.5million into the local communities of Derby and Derbyshire, delivering on their aims to improve health and wellbeing, sustain participation in sport and physical activity, increase personal attainment and enhance communities through helping over 24000 participants in the last 12 months.

2018 has been a noteworthy year for the Trust, who celebrated their tenth anniversary as a registered charity, hosted their first Derby 10K, won the coveted EFL Community Club of the Year accolade, were crowned the winners of the Derby Telegraph Not-For-Profit Business Award and received the biggest single investment into the charity from the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area Fund. This saw the Trust awarded a £1million grant with the ambition to raise educational attainment and aspirations across the lower socio-economic areas of the city in partnership with a host of other sports, culture and arts organisations.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community, said, “To celebrate such a landmark year of our history with so many achievements is something we are truly proud of. The ability we have to engage members of the public who are often vulnerable, isolated or lonely, through our 60 strong full-time workforce, part-time coaches and volunteers continues to grow, and we are in the privileged position to influence and improve our communities.”

Stephen Pearce, CEO of Derby County Football Club and trustee at Derby County Community Trust, said, “The achievements of the Derby County Community Trust across not just this year, but their last decade of being a charity, and all the work that preceded that, is an embodiment of Derby County Football Club’s commitment to the community, helping people to become happier and healthier versions of themselves.”

The Trust’s diverse range of programmes aim to make sport and physical activity available for those from age three to 103, from Disability coaching sessions to cancer rehabilitation exercises, supporting those affected by substance misuse to overcome addiction to providing talent pathways in girls football, the number of opportunities to engage with the Trust have never been greater.

You can read the full Annual Report here.

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