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Female Football Pathways Starts with Derby County Community Trust

Girls football training

Female players can start their training and career development with the Trust's post-16 educational programme. It offers unrivalled opportunities to learn and play through DCCT’s popular Football and Education courses which run at our venues across Derbyshire including University of Derby, Chesterfield College, Buxton and Leek College, Central Derby and Friesland School.

Enrolled students will train three days a week and play competitively in 11-a-side weekly fixtures in the EFL CEFA League, alongside their studies that work towards them gaining their chosen qualifications.

These include Level 2/3 Sports Qualifications, A Levels, BTEC/NCFE and Cambridge National/OCR. In partnership with academic providers across Derbyshire.

Players can then continue their journey for a further three years, studying a degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, in partnership with the University of South Wales, alongside playing for Derby County Football Club Women. 

This pathway focuses on player development to meet the ambitions of both the Club and the Football Association in providing a structured, opportunity-led route to first team football.

Kieron Wicks, Derby County Community Trust Education Manager, said:

“Having a pathway in place to develop each players’ growth and senior playing opportunities is vital. The platform for female players associated with Derby County will provide a firm guidance for senior club representation and national honours.”

For more information and to apply for the 2021/22 academic year, click below.