This Is Derby celebrated its achievements so far in an afternoon of activity at Pride Park Stadium on Friday 24th May. The project is funded by the Opportunity Area fund, part of the Department for Education, and aims to reduce the social mobility issue that faces Derby by providing opportunities for all to take part in sports, arts and cultural activities across the city’s more deprived areas.

Eight local primary schools enjoyed an action packed day of sports and art on the pitch at Pride Park Stadium whilst delegates from across the city’s business, education and local authority sectors gathered inside to see some insights and ongoing research on the project.

A carousel of activities took place on the Pride Park pitch, led by the partnering organisations who have been involved in the Essential Learning Skills project which began last year. The organisations involved include Artcore, Baby People, Derby Theatre, Deda, Derby Museums, EMCCAN, Sinfonia Viva, Derby QUAD, Cycle Derby and clubs from Derby City Sport Forum.

On Friday, the local primary schools took part in bucket drumming, cricket, athletics, flag designing, penalty shootout, netball, basketball and hula hooping.

Derby County Football Club mascot, Rammie, made a special guest appearance on the day to partake in some of the activities alongside the pupils. The event showcased some of the amazing programmes that are now available to young people as a result of the This Is Derby project.

Inside the symposium, delegates were welcomed by Note Made, a band formed through Sinfonia Viva working with St Martin’s School throughout the project, before hearing from Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, Nicola Swaney, Education Manager at Rolls-Royce and Dr Alex Nunn from the University of Derby who has been leading research selected for exhibition in Lisbon.

We also heard from some of young people who have been part of the project’s traineeship and digital hub, responsible for creating, and two youngsters from the Derwent hub performed their This Is Derwent poem which was written and performed with Jamie Thrasivoulou.

The day was an exciting celebration of the partnership work which has been broadening horizons for many of Derby’s young people since last summer, and will continue to do so.

For more information on the project from a Derby County Community Trust point of view please contact [email protected].

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