This month the iPro Stadium, home to Derby County FC, was the venue for the official launch of one of our most exciting new projects.
‘Achieve FC’ is a programme that aims to create opportunities for those in the city who have experienced homelessness. Working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust, we are supporting the first 24 recruits as they train towards their Level One Award in Sports Leadership. The year-long programme provides an opportunity for each person to gain new skills and boost their confidence while earning certified qualifications that will open new doors.
We’ve seen first-hand the impact initiatives like this have on individuals as well as the wider community. We’ve been involved in creating training programmes for young people who are from challenging backgrounds, out of work or experiencing homelessness in Birmingham and London. Working closely with organisations, such as Sport 4 Life, Start Again Project, QPR in the Community Trust and Fulham Football Club Foundation, we’ve been able to offer many young people a fresh start through sport.
In this latest project in Derby, at least six of the first Achieve FC graduates will receive a permanent role within the Derby County Community Trust allowing them to put their new qualifications to the test straight away.
Lyndon Roberts from Derby County Community Trust says: “We have an excellent track record in providing opportunities for local people to access training and employment. Not only will participants benefit from accredited training and employment, but the local community will benefit from extra football sessions and coaching.”
Achieve FC is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and came to fruition after the scheme was awarded £19,995 by the grant-giving charity, the People’s Postcode Trust. Derby City Council, Derby Homes and YMCA Derbyshire are also working closely with Derby County Community T rust to ensure the success of the project.
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