Derby County Ladies Football Club

Club of the Year Clean Sweep after FA Awards Triumph

Derby County Ladies were named FA Women’s Premier League Club of the Year for the 2017/18 at last weekend’s FA Women’s Awards night in London, capping off what has been described as CEO Duncan Gibb as another fantastic year for the Ewe Rams.

The “FA WPL Club of the Year” award was the second time in three years that the club has been recognised for its strong foundations with the title and comes on the back of two regional club of the Year titles with the Ewe Rams winning both the Derby City Council Club of the Year award and the Derby Telegraph Club of the Year back in late 2017.

Gibb said “This award recognises the hard work that has been going on with this club over the last year and is for all of the volunteers that do their bit to take us forward as a club. We’re delighted to have been recognised on a national stage.

“To do this for the second time in three years, shows how far this club has come and where we are going and we are still only right at the start of our journey. Now the league structures are in place, we can focus on our next plan and we are already looking ahead to the next 5 years and planning for our bright future.

“To win this award and have nominations in two other categories with our Schools Football Festival being nominated for the Special Project Award as well as our Academy Director Dave Cholerton also being nominated for a second time for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Football, is special and shows by in large we get a lot of things right.”

Having also secured two regional Club of the Year titles in late 2017, Gibb is not about to rest on his laurels and will be sitting down with the rest of the club’s board to implement a new 5 year plan that he says will take them to the next level as a sustainable club.

“When I first came in 5 years ago, my aim as the CEO was to put a process in place to ensure that Derby County Ladies was first of all sustainable as a club but also to get to the top of the game in this country in the long run.

“We knew that it would be a long-term project but we only set 5 year goals at a time as there are a lot of tangibles that can change and we have certainly seen how much the game has changed in that short space of time.

“One thing that we do have in place is a hard-working board that are doing what they believe to be the best for the club and the awards that we are winning are showing that we do that well. We of course know that we don’t get everything right but no business does that and like others, we will look at our processes and adapt and learn.

“I’m really excited about the next 5 year plan and I have little doubt that with the added guidance from Derby County and the governance board that we are putting in place to sit above the club, we can go as far as we want too.

“We don’t want to just win these awards once, we want to win them again and again but that takes a lot of hard work and there are also lots of other fantastic clubs doing great things for the women’s game. However, we won’t be shy in letting people know what we are doing to grow this fabulous game because we want to show others that we are doing things well.”