Our Education department are thrilled to be entering our first women’s Football and Education 11-a-side team into the CEFA Women’s league for this season. 

The popularity of the female side of the game has increased even further from last year where we had our first Futsal team competing in the Ladies Championship. 

Two of the girls making up this year’s team are Laura Monk and Bella Mauro, whose footballing careers within the Derby County system have been long established. 

Both Laura and Bella have played in our Girls’ Regional Talent Centre (RTC) for the last four years and have continued beyond the centre and into the Derby County Women’s U20 side. 

They both decided to continue their studies within the Derby County Community Trust framework as the opportunities it afforded their playing careers as well as their academic options were unrivalled. 

Laura said: 

“I decided to do this course as I knew I wanted to ALevels but this gives me the chance to train and play more football too. 

“I’m taking English, PE, Maths and Psychology at Friesland School and I’m really looking forward to playing in this new team alongside that. It’ll be great to play in a new league and get stuck into training.” 

Bella added: 

“I’m really excited to start a new course [BTEC in Sport] in a new place. It was a big decision as this is a new school for me but everyone’s been really welcoming and it’s nice to know Laura and a couple of the other girls through football already. 

“I was attracted to the course not only for the football element, but the coaches gave me some really good advice and I know they’ve had students before who have gone on to play in America which is what I’d really like to do. 

“I’m really excited to be part of the course’s first ever 11-a-side female squad! 

Our Football and Education course provides 16-19 year olds with the opportunity to complete a range of academic qualifications alongside robust training and competitive football fixtures. 

Our academic partners include Friesland School, Chesterfield College, Buxton and Leek College and SCL Education. We have four bases across Derbyshire and play in a variety of competitive leagues. 

Peter Monk, headteacher at Friesland School, said:  

The partnership is going from strength to strength with increased numbers in the current Year 13 and our first girls’ cohort due to start in September. It is a truly unique part of our Sixth Form offer. 

Along with a new and exciting player pathway for players and students between the Trust’s RTC in partnership with Derby County Women, the opportunities for talented female players continue to grow. 

If you would like more information on the Football and Education programme please contact [email protected]. 

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