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Talent Identification Programme (TIPs)



Our Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) is our invite-only football programme which provides the opportunity for 5-12 year old boys to benefit from advanced coaching and to develop within the Derby County player pathway where applicable.

All sessions are designed to develop the skills relevant for the modern game and are delivered at high tempo in weekly sessions across Derbyshire.

Within the programme players will complete in an Elite Game Programme where they will play counterpart teams from other clubs, including Stoke City, West Brom, Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town and Cardiff City. This allows players to experience playing within a competitive environments, with many grassroots fixtures also scheduled to ensure game play for all participants.

Participants will be invited to order personalised TIPs kit and should bring their own labelled water bottle and any other equipment required. We advise against bringing any valuables to the session.

All children can be left unattended for the full duration of the session as all our coaching staff hold relevant qualifications and Enhanced DBS certificates. 

2021/22 Trials

Annual trials are held each summer and you can register your interest using the form on this page. Any further opportunities to trial will be advertised on our social media channels.

Sessions run across Derbyshire to allow as many players as possible to join the programme, with trials being held for our U6-U9 teams, along with U10 and U11 goalkeepers in July for the 2021-22 season at the following venues:

  • Racecourse Playing Fields, Derby
  • Pingle School, Swadlincote
  • Belper Leisure Centre

Register Interest

    If you wish to register interest for an outfield player who will be U10-U12s next season (school year 5 to 7 as of September 2021) please email

    "I just wanted to say how much my child has loved training and playing matches with you this season. You've made it a wonderful experience for him and it's been great to see him enjoying it, playing with a smile on his face, improving as a player and getting to know his teammates, so thank you!”

    Player Name
    Parent Name

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    Please complete this form to reigster your interest in trialling for our TIPs squads. Confirmation of your place will be made in early July, once we are able to confirm numbers in line with any existing restrictions.