Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Academy Attracting International Interest

Derby County Ladies Academy is going from strength to strength and after record numbers at Trials and more teams than ever before, the Academy is now attracting interest from overseas.

14-year old Shauna Redmond, a midfielder at Moyne Rangers, made the trip over from Ireland with her family to take part in a trial and also had the opportunity to play for the Under 15 in a pre-season friendly and enjoyed her time at the club.

Shauna said “There are many experiences I enjoyed whilst visiting Derby County Ladies team, firstly being made so welcome by all the girls and coaches Franco and Dan.

“I immediately felt at ease as I was very nervous not knowing anyone and thoroughly enjoyed both the experience but also the intense training session.

“The biggest suprise/experience was being asked to play the friendly match before I flew back to Ireland, but most of all putting on that Derby County Ladies jersey.”

(With Under 15’s Coach Franco Buonaguro)

Shauna’s trip to the Academy was arranged through her dad Sean, who was keen for his daughter to experience a different style of football and learn from the experience of one of the best ladies academies in the country.

Sean said “Soccer is a very important role in Shauna’s life as she is very dedicated and never misses training or match days with The Moyne Rangers soccer team or also her School Soccer team.

“From start to finish I really enjoyed the experience and watching the coaches Franco and Dan use their unique but excellent training skills in motion.

“The training facilites were unbeleivable and it was a priveledge to see my daughter put on the Derby County jersey and play with the best players Derby County Ladies has.”

The young midfielder, a keen sportswomen who has represented Ireland at Tae-Kwon-Do, has regularly been touted as a bright prospect in the game back in her homeland, and having worked her way up the ladder at Moyne Rangers and has represented the Wexford County Development Squad, she is keen to build on her experience at Derby and hopefully return at a later date. 

“Hopefully I can come back and continue to progress my game and play more matches for Derby County Ladies. I learnt a lot about the women’s game, its more advanced over in England and the set-up at Derby is incredible and I can’t wait to get back over at some point.”

Academy Director Dave Cholerton said “It puts a big smile on our faces here at Derby County Ladies and particularly mine that people outside of the Derby area are seeing the academy as a future path to the higher level.

“To have interest from another country means we are getting things right in most areas and Shauna was a pleasure to have train with us and I hope she can take from that experience and we’d be more than happy for her to come over again and continue her football education.

(With Derby County and Ireland star Richard Keogh)

Shaun’s father Sean told DCLFC Media “My hopes for the future is that Derby County would invite Shauna back and progress her training to the level that Derby County are at. 

“I would like to thank Media Director Andy Moore for making all this possible for Shauna and also picking us up and bringing us to the trials. It meant the world to her and myself to be able to see her pull on the Derby County Ladies jersey.

“The experience at Derby was fantastic, we got to see the men’s club in action and met one of our heroes in Richard Keogh, the Derby County defender so it was amazing all around. The people of Derby and the parents of the club were so welcoming and it was a first class experience.”