Derby County have been named the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year 2018’s EFL Awards ceremony in London on 15th April.
We faced stiff competition from Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and Bristol City, all showcasing their fantastic projects, from youth councils to a ground-breaking LGBT football league.
Our showcase project which scooped us the title was Rams in Kenya, an annual project which sees up to 70 volunteers fundraise and travel over to Africa to aid education, development and sustainability for the hundreds of children at St Trizah, Ungana and Jubilee school in Nakuru, Kenya.
All funds raised go to supporting the schools in Kenya as well as supporting the work we do at home, with a proportion coming back to us to allow us to continue the vital work we deliver right on our doorstep.
DCCT Community Manager Paul Newman said: “We’re absolutely bowled over to win this award. I’ve been at the Club sixteen years now, going from a bag of balls to setting up projects in Africa.
“To be recognised for the work we do, as we have staff who are all very passionate in what they do, is an amazing thing.
“It’s wonderful to be here tonight and although it’s a bit of a cliché there are fantastic projects ran across the country by other community trusts, so it’s an honour to win the award.”
Derby County Community Trust invested £1.7m into the community in 2017, reaching over 17,000 participants on projects ranging from teaching young children about healthy eating to helping reducing the risk of falling into the older generation.