A charity cricket match organised by Neil Bennett and supported by Spondon Cricket Club has raised over £2000 of our very own Disability Programme. The money raised will go towards supporting the development of the Derby County Community Trusts DSActive Programme.
In January 2014, Derby County Community Trust teamed up with DSActive to create the first Down syndrome football team within Derbyshire. The session had 28 players at the launch and ages range from 5-11, 12-16 and 16+. The sessions since run on a weekly basis and are one hour in duration.
In May 2014 the 16+ Squad represented the Rams in the National DSActive Cup at the prestigious venue and hub of English football ‘St Georges Park, Staffordshire’
The squad won their league on the day and came runners-up to a well-established Cardiff City Squad who have won the accolade annually for the past three years.
“Having Downs Syndrome can mean that the individual is often on the outside looking in rather than being part of what is going on but with the training it allows all the players to be fully involved and part of something. It makes them feel important and valued. Everyone has dreams, hopes and aspirations and this programme helps them to achieve some of these as well as helping with fitness levels and general health.
With the success of the DSActive Rams football programme, DCCT and DSActive will be teaming up again to broaden their audience by offering an additional Multi-sports club. Sports on offer will include: indoor (short) tennis, basketball, kwik-cricket and FUNdamentals.
More details will be released as soon as the new club is ready to be launched, however, if you are interested in any of the activities mentioned above please contact our Disability Officer Lauren Asquith.