Derby County Ladies Football Club

Two Day Summer Festival Hailed a Success

Derby County Ladies Academy Director Dave Cholerton hailed a successful first Summer Festival as over 30 clubs attended the two day tournament, held at both Lees Brook Academy and Merrill Academy at the weekend.

The Festival saw tournaments at five age groups between Under 10s to Under 15s with participants including Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Notts County and left Cholerton praising the standard of competition.

“I’ve been involved with Derby County Ladies for a long time and have had many proud moments and this one is right up there too. Holding a festival is a daunting task and it was our first attempt and it’s been a fantastic weekend of football.

“We had over 30 teams and both days of the tournament were a great advert for grassroots football and the standard was outstanding. As an academy, this is the standard of football that we want to give our teams on a weekly basis and we would like to thank all the teams that took part.

“We had great fun organising it and for a first attempt, I think we have done brilliantly and I can’t wait for next years tournament already. It’s about improving the opportunities for girls football and we will take a look at what we can do to make it bigger and better next year.”

Derby County Ladies Captain Hannah Ward handing out trophies and certificates to teams at Summer Festival

Having the inspiration to continue their football journey is an important aspect for all teams, not just at Derby County Ladies and joining the spectators on Saturday and Sunday were two of the Ewe Rams former Academy players in Club Captain Hannah Ward and left-back Louisa Abbey and they were both impressed with the standard.

Abbey said “It’s fantastic to see so many youngsters taking part in these events and it was an honour to be there to present the trophies to them and to see them light up the pitch with the standard of play that was on offer.”

Ward said “I really enjoyed watching the games and seeing the next generation of footballers coming through the ranks. I loved my time in the Academy and it gave me a great grounding for adult football and you can see so many that are going to go on and play adult football, whether that is with is here at Derby or at the fantastic clubs in the East Midlands area.”