Derby County Ladies Football Club

#OneClub Synergy with Main Club was Always the Key Partnership

On the back of Derby County’s recent announcement that they plan to provide long term financial and operational support to the ladies arm of the club, Derby County Ladies CEO, Duncan Gibb is delighted that the club have managed to get the third, and in his view most important ‘partnership’ over the line, of the four that the club identified at the start of the season. 

“Last summer the clubs board identified the securing of four key partnerships for this season as our key objectives. The first of those saw us establish a training centre at Merrill Academy, providing a high quality training environment for our players of the future.”

“That particular project took four months to bring to fruition; however the player scholarship partnership with Derby University took us nineteen months in all to deliver. The project was quite complex, given the level of finances involved; however the national media attention that was associated with its launch back in November provided a real flavour as to just how attractive a dual career offer as a football journalist and semi-professional footballer can prove.

“Having flown the kite, we are confident at the prospective level of interest that we’ll receive later this year for the 2019/20 season.”

Despite the progression that the club has made in recent years, a closer working relationship with the main club was always deemed to be the key priority, and Gibb is excited by the impact that it can have on the club now that it has been formally announced

“Obviously this is something that we have been working tirelessly on for a number of years, so to hear the positive comments made about our achievements by the clubs owner is very well received, along with the clubs intention to bring us directly into the clubs family group through the new governance structure. We’ve always had a good relationship with the main club, it’s just a lot better and more formalised now, which is where we wanted it to be”

“Regardless of whether we secure a place in what is currently WSL 2 via the application bid process or not, we should now be in a position to take the next step on our journey to migrate from a grass roots set up to semi-professional one, with the relocation of senior squad training to the Derby County Training Centre at Moor Farm just one part of that.

“These are arguably the most exciting times in the clubs history and we are hopeful of announcing a successful outcome to the final of our four identified partnerships shortly.”