Derby County Ladies Football Club

Toton United Enjoy Club Buddies Experience

The first Derby County Ladies Club Buddies invitee has hailed the initiative as a success and believes other clubs in the Derbyshire area should also sign up to give other players around the county, the opportunity and incentive to work on their game as well as inspiring youngsters 

Toton United Under 12’s Head Coach Lee Bundy brought his team to the recent Ewe Rams home match with Blackburn Rovers Ladies and believes that the initiative has done wonders for his team’s self-esteem and that they have not stopped talking about the day and that they are looking to return again in the future.

Bundy said “From the girls perspective, being involved at the match, walking out onto the pitch and talking to them after the match was a dream and they have asked questions like ‘Could we do this day’ and ‘Will players wait for me after the match’ so it has visualised that they could do this one day and they are still bouncing around and talking about it now, so the impact for them has been huge and they have been on cloud nine since.

“I’ve been coaching the team for about a year now and they are great girls and always want to improve. I think signing them up to the Club Buddies programme has given them the incentive to know what they need to do to learn and dedicate to improve as a team and I cannot speak highly enough.

“If you are involved in football, the joy you get from seeing the girls play is why you get involved and to be able to link in with the Ewe Rams and give the girls role models in the game and the fact that the club were willing to do that and give something back to local teams is great.

“The club couldn’t do enough for us and we are so grateful. We had a full page spread in the programme and promoted on twitter. Our girls got to play in a competition and speaking to the players after the match, where each and every one of them after a tough result, which I know must have been hard, came over and asked questions of our kids is just amazing and it has been a fantastic experience for them.”

Competition winners Olivia & Courtney

Programme lead and Media Director Andy Moore said “Putting the result aside, it was a fantastic day and something we have been interested in doing and giving something back to local clubs in our area. We obviously had them down on the day of the game but we also keep in touch with the club afterwards and arrange for our allocated player, in this case it is Amy Sims who will meet up with them in the future.

“We are delighted that Toton United have become our first team to take on the experience and we will look to do it again against Middlesbrough in December and hopefully for the rest of the season too. Any clubs that would like to get involved them contact us and sign up on the below details and we will welcome you to our club.”

To get involved or find out information on the Club Buddies programme and to sign up, please visit

Ewe Rams Club Buddies Information Page

Ewe Rams Club Buddies Registration Form