Junior Football

Updated 13th February: A round up of the latest junior football headlines from Erewash Sound SPORT:

FORMER PRO-FOOTBALLERS TO LAUNCH FOOTBALL APPRENTICESHIP ACADEMY: Former National and International footballers, David Norton and Mark Draper, are set to launch the Draper Norton Football Apprenticeship Academy across the East Midlands this summer. This grass-roots Academy will deliver Apprenticeships to 16-18 year olds and offer players a unique entry route to a sports education pathway or a professional career in football. Through relationships with professional league and non-league clubs and a Major League Soccer team, graduates of DNF could find themselves realizing their dreams of being a pro footballer here in the UK or oversees. Priding themselves on equal opportunities the programme will be free of any charges and instead will pay players a national apprenticeship wage whilst gifting them with a complete Macron training kit.

Kicking off with trials this May and June those lucky enough to be selected will find themselves with an unmatched opportunity to follow their dreams. Not only will players earn whilst they learn but they will also train at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus, which boasts brand new, first-class facilities. As a result, players will be given early insight to a university environment thus making for an education experience like no other. 

Having entered the sport as juniors themselves and going onto play at Premiership, National and International levels Draper and Norton not only speak the right language but it places them in an unrivalled position to impart genuine and invaluable advice on the realities of a professional footballing career at the top.  

The programme has been founded on the principle that to learn how to play football, players must immerse themselves in all aspects of football. Through a combination of practical pitch time, and academic learning, which incorporates nutrition, physiotherapy and psychology, the programme will equip learners with a holistic understanding of the Sport. This all-inclusive framework will teach players the skill, knowledge and attitude to succeed in their chosen field and offers it’s graduates the choice to pursue a career as a pro-footballer or to further their education within football or sport more broadly. 

Former Aston Villa & Nott’s County Defender, David Norton said: “I was fortunate to have experienced a top class apprenticeship with league and European champions Aston Villa in 1981-83.  It was a very challenging experience to gain a pro - contract at 18, but I succeeded not only with my ability but the attitude to learn and commit myself totally. I'm now in the privileged position to help pass on that experience and knowledge to the players who want to succeed in their chosen career.”

Former Aston Villa & Nott’s County Midfielder, Mark Draper said: “My career spans 18 years as a professional footballer playing in some of the best stadiums and players in the world and under some of the top managers of their time including Glenn Hoddle, Brian Little and Neil Warnock. I’ve also worked in professional Academy’s and clubs as a coach and served my apprenticeship in a similar role. Talent is only half of it, they have to have the right attitude and through my years of experience I aim to ensure players are fully prepared for a professional career at the top.“

Footballing Legend, Stan Collymore said: “DNF represents a perfect platform from which to promote new male and female talent in football. I believe that talent at all levels should be nurtured and that we should make concerted efforts to ensure players receive the recognition they deserve so that they may aspire to reach their goals. Mark and Dave have created a model which allows them to pass on a wealth of knowledge to youngsters wanting to be where they’ve been and that to me is an educational opportunity like no other!”

For more information, visit www.drapernortonfootball.co.uk .

FUTURE OF STANTON ILKESTON FC 'IN JEOPARDY' OF MINING INVESTIGATION: Officials at a local community football club have launched a plea for help after its future was plunged into doubt due to a funding issue.

Stanton Ilkeston Football Club management were called to a so called 'crisis' meeting by the FA in January, which could now put a community project in jeopardy due to a coal mining legacy.

To obtain planning permission for development work at the site, it has been suggested that an intrusive site investigation is needed, to confirm the extent of remnants of old coal mine workings - the cost of this work has been estimated at £15,000, and could possibly mean extra money having to be spent on treating existing workings.

The football club operates at grass roots level, and is run entirely by volunteeres for the benefit of the local community, meaning funds are already hard to secure.  The club was given a fundraising target of 10% of the total project costs - some £60,000, by the FA to secure it  The club has already paid out £16,000 in fees and administration costs whilst £24,000 has already been raised with a further £20,000 plesdged or planned to be raised in the first quarter of 2016.  However, the club now needs public help to ensure that the project happens.

Chairman Rob Kirk said that the coal mining industry seemed able to relinquish all responsibilities of the devastation they have left behind, but sought clarity from the public as to whether there was any route towards retrospectively claiming from the remains of dwindling fossil fuel sector.  He added that the throught of £600,000 not being invested into Ilkeston, the borough of Erewash and on County Council land made him feel extremely sad.

The Stanton Ilkeston FC Community Project commenced at a presentation to the FA in December 2013 - some two years ago. At present, the project will be funded through the FA, the Football Foundation, Sport England, WREN, NHS and other external sponsors plus the football club itself.


KIRK HALLAM COMMUNITY ACADEMY GIRLS' FOOTBALL TEAM IS ON THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY: Students from Kirk Hallam Community Academy are on the Road to Wembley after winning the Football League U13 Girls’ Cup Area Final.

The Year 8 students represented Derby County Community Trust at the area final, held at the Powerleague Soccerdome, competing against 10 six-a-side teams from Football League clubs across the region including Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City.


The girls beat Scunthorpe 6-0, drew with Rotherham 1-1, beat Coventry 4-3 and Mansfield Town 8-1. In the semi-final they won against Nottingham Forest 3-1 before beating Chesterfield on penalties in the final.  Now the girls will go on to the Northern Regional Final, at Huddersfield in February, where they will face the winners of the other three Northern Area finals.  The winner will go on to play a southern competitor at Wembley ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final on April 3rd 2016.

The Kirk Hallam team is made up of Lucy Baker, Grace Ridgway, Ella Murden, Freya Murden, Charlotte Boyle, Lilly Oakes, Jessica Shetliffe and Georgia Iwasiak.  They qualified to represent Derby County after winning the Football League U13 Girls Cup local round in November when they finished top out of 27 teams from secondary schools across Derbyshire. 

Marie Cox, PE teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, said everyone was extremely proud of the girls.  She said: “To get this far is an incredible achievement and they are really looking forward to the next round; to compete at Wembley would be a dream come true. The final was amazing, our goalkeeper Charlotte Boyle saved the last penalty meaning that we were through.”

Derby College Sports students recently had the chance to learn coaching and football skills from football legend Roy Keane during a visit to St George’s Park – the FA’s national football training centre in Staffordshire.

The visit was organised by Burton-on-Trent based pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group as part of their partnership with the League Managers’ Association (LMA).

Clinigen invited the Sports Coaching and Development Diploma students, based at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall site in Morley, to tour St George’s Park.

The students were then treated to a special football skills training session with former Manchester United legend Roy Keane. As a manager, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and is currently Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team who recently qualified for Euro 2016.

Derby College Lecturer Kevin Bunting explained: “The day was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to learn from one of football’s greatest players and coaches. Our students have their sights set on a wide range of careers in sports and this experience was invaluable for them to gain an insight into how top sports people are coached at an elite level.”

Peter George, CEO of Clinigen Group and lifelong Manchester United fan said: “We are very proud to be able to help provide such talented young sportspeople with the opportunity to meet and to train with a footballing legend like Roy Keane. Clinigen has been a partner of the League Managers’ Association since 2014 and it has been fantastic to be a part of the great work that they do to develop and inspire local students and clubs.”

Matt Tribe (17) from Belper was amongst the group.  He said: “I am hoping to work in personal training or sports physiotherapy so it was incredible to see how someone like Roy Keane handles a coaching session. We were certainly put through our paces and the clear message that came out was that you need to be confident and give precise instructions and demonstrations during any coaching session. It was great to see the theory put into practice by such an iconic player, coach and manager.”

Callum Edworthy (16) from Littleover, son of former Derby County player Marc Edworthy, added: “Roy Keane knows so much about the game that it was brilliant to see him in action. He was really relaxed and very witty which made the whole coaching session very enjoyable.”

A full time Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development course starts at Derby College in February 2016.  For more information about this and all the full and part time courses please visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or call 0800 028 0289.