Derby County Community Trust was named as runner-up during this year’s Inter-regional Game On competition, a programme delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, fending off tough competition from Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Club Doncaster Foundation and Barnsley Reds in the Community.

Coming a close second to Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation, Derby will now go on to represent the country during the International Game On Tournament, which will take place in Scotland at the end of the month.

The blistering heat didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the players as they took to the pitch and competed in back-to-back matches before the scores were shared and the winners were finally announced.

Chairman of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Peter McNestry comments: “Every club should be very proud of the effort that they put into the matches on Saturday. What was apparent was that Game On is about more than just football. The young players were all well-mannered, respectful and the sportsmanship was to be commended.

“A huge well done to Derby County. We will be following their progress and hope that they bring home the cup from Scotland when they take to the pitch during the International Game On Tournament.”

Derby County Community Trust Inclusion Officer, Gavin Lewis comments: “The competition was fierce. There is no doubt that the team had to play hard to secure their position in the final. There were some really good players and the games were close. It was a long day and we knew that we were in with a chance, but there’s no better feeling than being told you’re through to the next round. We can’t wait to represent England when we compete in Scotland later this month.”

The Game On International Tournament will take place on Saturday 27 August in Scotland. For more information about the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the programmes that it delivers to tackle health, employment and skills in the communities please visit www.coalfields-regen.org.uk.

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