Derby County Ladies Football Club

Christmas is a time for celebration as Ewe Rams give back to local community

Derby County Ladies CEO Duncan Gibb believes that the Christmas period can give welcome reflection both on and off the pitch for all involved with the Ewe Rams and giving back some festive cheer to those that may not have had a positive year.

Days after the formal announcement of the club bringing in two former players as official Club Ambassadors, members of the Ewe Rams senior squads will be on hand to visit the local childrens hospital this weekend before they celebrating the year so far at the clubs annual Christmas Party.

Gibb said “For a number of years now, we have gone into the Children’s Hospital at Derby Hospital and it is a truly magical experience to see so many brave children, fighting their own tough battles but still having a smile on their faces and I say it every year but it really affects our players.

“There is more to life than playing football but we are in a position to give a glimmer of hope and cheer to these amazing kids by visiting them and giving them some gifts and reaching out to their fantastic families too, who are so strong for them.

“It’s a very bittersweet moment but gives the players some great perspective ahead of the club’s annual Christmas Party that we hold at Pride Park, where we like to celebrate a great year all around for the club from all teams across the club as well as those of us in the board room who do so much to keep this great club going.”

“Also on hand will be two old friends who have been truly missed by us all in Emily Jeffery and Lorna Abbey who last week agreed to become our first two ever Club Ambassadors. We couldn’t think of anyone more suited to the role and who gave so much to the club.

“There careers were cruelly cut short through injury but they have been an integral part of the club for many years and we want that to continue and they will now help us increase our profile externally to the local community as well as internally to our own academy.”

The Annual Christmas Party will also see another Rams legend get involved with the club as former Derby star Nigel Callaghan in his guise as a renowned DJ, will be on hand to help the club celebrate the festive season on Sunday at Pride Park.

Gibb said “What a great coup to get a Rams legend to come along and get involved at the club. I used to love watching ‘Cally’ at the Baseball Ground all those years ago and I’m looking forward to catching up with him and hearing a few stories in between the music.

“I’m looking forward to what is always a great night celebrating the year with our fellow club members and wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I’d like to extend that message to all fans of this great club from all sides, whether it is the men’s team fans or our own women’s team fans.”