Derby City Council in partnership with Derby County Community Trust, the Premier League, Derbyshire Constabulary and Metropolitan are helping to fund free football coaching sessions for youngsters across Derby.

Following some complaints from residents and community tensions regarding groups of young people congregating  in the Shaftesbury Crescent area the Council decided to help fund the sessions.

The free coaching sessions are part of the Premier League Kicks campaign. The aim of the campaign is to use football to bring communities together and engage with young people, getting to youngsters who had previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.

The sessions are held at Shaftesbury Sports Centre ATP, Shaftesbury Crescent, Derby, DE23 8NA every Saturday between 11.30am – 1pm.

Both male and female participants are welcome between 8-19 years of age and there is no need to book as a drop in session format is used.

Gary Robinson, Cohesion and Integration Officer, Derby City Council, said:

It’s important that we help bring local communities together and what better way to do that than through sport. Funding these coaching sessions will allow the youngsters to learn new skills and mainly have a lot of fun.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Integration said:

“This is an opportunity for young people to engage in positive activity and for local residents to participate in their development in a controlled environment. This is one of many actions we are taking to enable young people in our communities to participate and feel valued.”

For more information on the sessions you can contact Gavin Lewis by email or call 07912390941.