Rams Stars Spend Half Term with the Trust

A group of Derby players made visits to coaching sessions last week as part of the Derby County Community Trust’s half term holiday courses.

Richard Keogh, David Nugent, Chris Baird, Scott Carson, Jacob Butterfield and Matej Vydra made the surprise appearances to visit groups of excited youngsters in venues across Derbyshire.

The coaching courses, which run over every school holiday, saw close to 350 budding young footballers take to the pitch to practice their skills and take part in matches whilst off school.

The appearances, which took place at the Powerleague Soccerdome in Derby, Springfield School in Swadlincote and Ashbourne Recreation Ground, sparked a lot of excitement amongst the young participants, many of whom are big Derby supporters.

The players got involved in the sessions by helping the participants with their skills, signing autographs and taking plenty of time to pose for photos. Some of the kids at Ashbourne were even lucky enough to receive Richard Keogh and David Nugent’s signed football boots.

Following a visit Ashbourne, David Nugent said:

“It was quality, it’s always nice to give something back to the community.

“These are the guys that come and watch us play every week so it’s good for us as players to come out and visit them.”

Rams captain Richard Keogh added:

“It was good, takes me back to my younger days where it all started.

“These courses are a great opportunity for kids to keep active whilst off school and it’s good to come down here, interact with them and have a bit of fun.”

Over at Springfield School in Swadlincote, Scott Carson had the following to say:

“It was great fun and it’s fantastic that Derby County Community Trust are running these courses. Having kids myself, I know the kids can drive you up the wall during half-term so to get out the house, playing football and being active is fantastic.

“It’s much better for them that sitting on their computers, being active and fit. I don’t think there’s anything better to be playing sport. Everything is technology based these days so it can be harder to get youngsters to go out and play, so to see so many kids playing football was great to see.”

Chris Baird who was also present added:

“It’s always nice to come down and see the kids. I could tell they were excited to see us but, most importantly, they were having fun.

“It was great to see. It all starts from this for them, playing in schools, with their mates and on days like today.”

Next up for the Derby County Community Trust are the Easter Holiday’s with courses taking place in Derby, Swadlincote, Ripley, Belper, and whaley bridge. For full details and how to book visit: www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com/programmes/participation/holiday-coaching/

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