Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Academy Receives Glowing Praise From County FA

Derby County Ladies has received it’s latest glowing reference after a delegation from the Derbyshire FA visited the clubs Academy training sessions last week as part of the clubs annual club status check

The club has also completed and passed it’s Charter Standard Development Club ‘annual health check’, ensuring that the Ewe Rams continue to set the bar for women’s football in the region.

This season has seen the proactive governing body for football in Derbyshire, set up a series of unannounced visits to ensure that clubs from across the region are providing the necessary safeguards as a Charter Standard Club.

Speaking on behalf of the club, CEO Duncan Gibb said “When we received communication that the Derbyshire FA were to undertake unannounced visits, we were very much behind these positive new steps.

“We were confident that as a club that we would be on point, regardless of when these took place, given our efforts over a number of years to make Derby County Ladies an attractive place for players, coaches and staff to develop.  

“To receive these positive remarks is a testament to that work and the clubs Operational Board couldn’t be prouder; however special mention needs to be made in relation to the contribution of Academy Director Dave Cholerton and Club Secretary Sheila Rollinson for their due diligence in this key area of the clubs delivery.

“We are in the process of finalising our second five year plan as a club and knowing that we have a thriving Academy in place that players and parents can have confidence in, will certainly enable us to continue to improve that strand of the club.”

Photo by Graeme Bisset & Lesley Laing

As part of the process, the Derbyshire FA recognised many positives in their review of the club, highlighting the following….

  • All parents that were spoken to were very happy with the club and had good experiences both at training and in match days
  • All coaches were aware of who the club Welfare officer and to make contact. All the coaches would be comfortable raising any concerns
  • The training sessions were all well organised and all had 2 (and in some cases 3 coaches)
  • All parents remained outside the 3G fencing which we view as best practice
  • The children spoken to all enjoyed the sessions and being at the club
  • The parents of the U11’s teams all knew details of the Club Welfare officer
  • All the coaches were aware of the DBS process and that if they wanted a new coach/ parent to assist with the coaching then that person would need a FA Criminal record Check (DBS)

Derby County Ladies would like to thank the Derbyshire FA for their continued support and also to the Players, Coaches and Parents who continue to help the development of our Academy and their children.