A Derby County Community Trust side was named runner-up as they represented England during this year’s International Game On competition over the weekend.
The programme was delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, with Derby’s Premier League Kicks side fending off tough competition from Merthyr Tydfil (Wales), Blaenau Gwent (Wales), Benarty (Scotland), Alloa (Scotland) and eventual winners Hartlepool who were also representing England.
The derby side played five matches leading up to the final, drawing one and winning the rest, which showed their quality against strong sides on such a big stage.
The final was an all English affair as the Rams side matched up against Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation. This was actually a repeat of the Inter-regional Game on competition only a few weeks before. A similar result ensued as Hartlepool went on to win and lift the Game On international trophy.
Following the competition, Derby County Community Trust Inclusion Officer Gavin Lewis said:
“Being able to represent England was a huge honour for the lads and it was great to see them maintain the level of professionalism required. While unfortunately we didn’t walk away with the win, they should take pride in knowing that they did Derby proud.”
“It was a perfect day for football on this Bank Holiday weekend with all the lads enjoying themselves. They should be delighted to finish as runner-up’s in this international competition.“