We are delighted to be supporting Derby County Community Trust this year.
Who are Derby County Community Trust?
Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) is the charitable arm of Derby County Football Club and exists to help improve the lives of the people of Derby and their communities, through sport, physical activity, health and education. It runs a large number of courses and activity sessions through schools, charities and other agencies.
Why we’re supporting Derby County Community Trust
The Trust’s work is more important than ever, with the latest figures showing that Derby and Derbyshire has a lower life expectancy than the national average with above average rates of obesity, increased rates of anti-social behaviour and low levels of educational achievement. It is well recognised that sport and physical activity can benefit individuals and communities in many ways.
Aside from physical and mental health improvements that participation in sport can bring, it can also help to change anti-social and negative behavioural patterns, improve school attendance and open new career pathways for people. The Trust runs numerous programmes themed around things such as disability, girls’ football, health, schools sports partnership, education, talent pathway and club development.
How is Derby County Community Trust funded?
DCCT relies on support from Derby County FC, local businesses and fund raising initiatives such as the annual Derby 10k run. The Trust currently offers full-day sports-based courses during school holidays for primary-aged children across Derbyshire. However, DCCT recognises that for some, under-privileged children, access to these courses can be difficult.
A message from Derby County Community Trust
DCCT Schools and Coaching Manager, Rich Mansfield, said:
“Holiday periods can be challenging for children and young people who may not be able to access activities because of their cost or transport availability. This funding from ACE Sameday Couriers will allow us to remove these barriers and ensure they can have the same fulfilling experiences as others. We will work with the children to see if they have further skills or interests we could develop, whether through our own provision or by linking up with partners who can offer music workshops, arts or cultural trips.”
ACE Sameday Couriers’ Business Development Manager, Chris Scothern, added:
“We are delighted to sponsor DCCT and to be able to help children who require support to benefit from the type of holiday activities they might have previously struggled to access. Activity sessions offer a fun day out, form lasting memories, spark friendships and uncover hidden talents and should be accessible to everyone. Derby County Community Trust does so much valuable work within the city and wider county and we are incredibly proud to be able to support it in the launch of this new scheme. We hope it is a great success”
Derby County Community Trust will ensure that each holiday coaching course in Derby from Easter 2020 offers spaces funded by this donation.