Saturday 3rd of February was Derby County’s dedicated ‘Kick It Out’ fixture. Derby County Community Trust are showing their support with two weeks of action across Derby.

Normanton is a multi-cultural area of Derby which is home to families of many different backgrounds and ethnicities. We work closely with the community to encourage cohesion through sport and our weekly sessions at Normanton, Shaftesbury and Arboretum Parks are a great hub for young people to play football and multi-sports.

In recognition of this year’s Kick It Out weekend, Derby County Community Trust hosted a tournament on Thursday 1st February where youngsters from across our sessions in Normanton were invited to play each other in friendly fixtures. The day was a success and encouraged the participants to interact with other players from different sessions.

The tournament was facilitated by our volunteers and coaches at Normanton Park who are all fully behind Kick It Out and attended Pride Park Stadium on Saturday (3rd February) to hand out merchandise and chat to fans about the initiative and how fans can support it.

On February 13th, Derby County Community Trust are teaming up with Burton Albion Community Trust to deliver a Kick It Out day at The Pingle Academy where players from both the clubs will represent the joint aim of eradicating racism in football and beyond. The aim of the event is to work collaboratively to promote the Kick it Out message, address issues of discrimination and exclusion in the classroom, changing room and playing field and respect diversity and difference.

One of the coaches from Normanton Park here at Pride Park today is Jonah Anderson, an ambassador of the Kick It Out message. Jonah, 22, from Littleover has become an integral part of the Derby County Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks and Community Engagement programmes over the past 12 months.

Having moved to Derby from Jamaica at the age of 16, Jonah had always had a passion for football and had dreamed of becoming a professional player. Moving to a new country at a young age can be a difficult process for anyone, so when he was spotted by one of the Derby County Community Trust coaches playing football at Normanton Park back in 2012 he was invited to a Premier League Kicks session within the park.

Our Community Engagement sessions aim to create opportunities for young people at the heart of their communities. On getting involved, Jonah said:

“It was really good opportunity for me, I hadn’t had much chance to get involved with football, the Derby County Community Trust session gave me the opportunity to start making friends in my local area.”

Since then, the Community Trust have given Jonah the opportunity to further develop himself. His passion for football has seen him develop a keen interest in coaching and he has completed his Sport Leader Level One qualification along with his FA Level One in Football Coaching in 2017.

Currently he attends sessions at Normanton Park, not only as a participant, but as a volunteer coach, and has taken it upon himself to promote what we do as a Trust as well as becoming a strong voice behind our Kick It Out message.

Learn more about Kick it Out at www.kickitout.org

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