Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Appoint 1st Ever Club Chaplain

Derby County Ladies are pleased to have appointed it’s first ever Club Chaplain with Sarah Crathorne, a member of Sports Chaplaincy UK, joining the Ewe Rams as part of our commitment to support the wellbeing of the players, coaches and everyone associated with the club.

The recently created position will see Sarah take an active part in the club working throughout, from 1st Team level to the Ewe Rams Academy teams.

Speaking to DCLFC Media, Sarah spoke of the nature of her role and why in today’s society, the need for a Club Chaplain is taking an ever increasing part within the sports industry.

Sarah said “I’m really pleased to have joined Derby County Ladies as their Club Chaplain and look forward to working throughout the club to help support all members of the club from players through to staff and extending to parents too.

“Playing football is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters these days but the pressures of life are ever more prevalent and sometimes emotional or spiritual support is needed to ensure that the wellbeing of both children and adults is at the forefront of clubs. It’s fantastic that Derby County Ladies have recognised this and are committed to caring for their team on and off the pitch.

“A chaplain is there first and foremost to be a listening ear to anyone that wants to speak to someone in confidence and to be there for them; we are there to support them through difficult times, on or off the pitch, and celebrate with them in the good times.”

Sarah joins the club at an important time for the club with more and more people involved with the Ewe Rams each season.

Sarah is married with three grown up sons, works in a local Primary School and is a member of St Werburgh’s Church in Derby City Centre.

She will become a vital member of the club according to Chief executive Duncan Gibb.

“We’re delighted to have brought Sarah into the club and from the first moment we met when we invited her to one of our board meetings, we knew she would be a great fit for the club. She spoke of the nature of the role; her understanding of societal issues stood out and her empathy and compassion were most evident.

“We felt it was the right thing to do as a club as we continue to grow and knew of the importance that wellbeing has become in the modern world. We spoke with Angy King (Pastoral co-ordinator for Women’s Football at Sport’s Chaplaincy UK and mother of former DCFC star Andy King) 

“She recommended Sarah to us and it really means a lot that we can put this support in place and ensure that the opportunity to play for Derby County Ladies is not thwarted by outside issues and that we can be there in confidence to offer that support through Sarah.”

Sarah will shortly be commencing meet and greet sessions at both academy and senior training where we look forward to quickly welcoming her into the Derby County Football Club family.

To see further details and for information on how to contact Derby County Ladies Club Chaplain Sarah Crathorne – Click Here!

For more information Sports Chaplaincy UK, please head to their website https://sportschaplaincy.org.uk/