David Gabor first engaged with the Derby County Community Trust after he moved to the area from his home country of the Czech Republic. He became a regular attendee at the Normanton Park PL Kicks session where coaches noticed his commitment and enthusiasm for playing football. Many other participants joined the session as a result of David’s encouragement. He represented Derby County Community Trust in tournaments across the country.

He was encouraged to join our traineeship programme, which aims to help 16-24 year olds back into education, employment or training. Despite his positive contribution to the PL Kicks sessions, he was apprehensive about joining the programme. The Derby County Community Trust believed he had real potential, so arranged a one to one meeting with our Education Lead which began to change his mind as he realised there were many opportunities on the programme which would help him develop his employability skills within the sports industry. He was recognised as the Most Improved participant on the traineeship.

After completing the ten-week course David’s new attitude towards learning was evident and he immediately took the chance to join our Football and Education offer, which allows students to take part in professional training alongside gaining their BTEC or A level qualifications.

David now plays in the elite squad in the Derby County Community Trust Education programme and is the second highest goal scorer in the team, scoring goals against notable opposition, including Birmingham City, Crewe Alexandra and West Bromwich Albion.

Although David is now busy with higher level football and his studies, and is currently on trial at two local semi-professional teams, he returns to the PL Kicks sessions which first introduced him to the Trust on a regular basis, and still encourages others to attend the session on a weekly basis.

In recognition of David’s achievements throughout his journey at the Derby County Community Trust, he was nominated to go on our Rams in Kenya trip, which is an opportunity made available for young participants who have made steps to significantly change their lives. He was successful in securing the place, and will head out on the trip in May to help build on the legacy created by the seven previous Rams in Kenya projects.

Jodie Hayes – Education Lead:

‘David took the traineeship opportunity with both hands and ran with it. He showed a positive attitude towards all elements of the programme, making him a great asset to the group’

Jacob Straw – Elite Team Head Coach:

‘David is a great role model for the other players both on and off the pitch, he applies 100% effort to everything he does and as a result is currently the highest achieving academically and is picked for the elite team on a regular basis. David really is determined to work hard to reach his full potential’

Gavin Lewis, Community Engagement Manager:

‘From joining us at PL Kicks and being a stand-out participant in terms of work ethic and dedication, it is fantastic to see David’s progression through the Trust, and we are all really pleased that this has been recognised by him winning the Rams in Kenya place.’

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