On Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November, talent squads from community trusts around the country held football tournaments. The Trust’s TIPs teams travelled to different locations to compete.

The Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) is football programme which provide opportunities for 5-12 year olds to benefit from advanced coaching and to develop within the Derby County player pathway where applicable.

On Monday, two Under 9 teams played the likes of Burton Albion, Hull, Walsall, York and Shrewsbury at West Bromwich Albion.

Team 1 played 6 games, won 3, drew 2 and lost 1.

Team 2 played 6 games, won 3, drew 1 and lost 2.

On Tuesday, the Under 12’s team played 10 games at Shrewsbury and finished 5th overall.

Played 5, won 2, drew 2 and lost 1.

On Wednesday, the Under 8’s played 13 teams at Walsall and finished 5th overall.

Played 7, won 4, drew 1 and lost 2.

On Thursday, the Under 11’s at Cardiff played 10 teams and finished 5th overall.

Played 5, won 2, drew 1 and lost 2.

On Friday, the Under 10’s at Ludlow played 14 teams and finished 5th overall.

Played 7, Won 4, drew 1 and lost 2.

Sam Howard, Community Coach at the Trust said:

“The week as a whole was very enjoyable for the players, who were also every successful.

It provided over 60 players within the TIPs programme the opportunity to play against a range of other professional clubs in a positive learning and competitive environment.

Throughout the week it was great to see the lads express their skills and perform well against opponents which possess different styles of play.”

Click here to find out more about the TIPs programme, or email [email protected]

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