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Foundation Teams Welcome Derby County Counterparts

Derby County Community Trust visited the North East on Saturday with teams representing four of their programmes; players from their Deaf and Partially Sighted Regional Talent Centre, DS Active, Premier League 4 Sport Badminton and their Homeless teams all travelled to take on their Newcastle United Foundation counterparts.

A set of friendly tournaments took place before heading to St. James’ Park for lunch and to enjoy the Newcastle United v Derby County match.

Both badminton squads were selected from students who currently attend one of 7 PL4S Badminton satellite clubs, with over 350 participants registered, across Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland, funded by the Premier League and Sport England.

Steve Sharp Badminton Coach for Newcastle United Foundation said “The PL4S project is a great way to get children involved in sport, it is great when the participants get the opportunity to play against other football clubs as competition is a huge part of an individuals development”

Lauren Asquith, Club Development and Disability Manager for Derby County Community Trust added: “It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all and despite Derby County losing in the afternoon, all our participants and parents had a brilliant time. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the team at Newcastle United Foundation for again making us feel so welcome and giving our guys the opportunity to have such fun.”

Newcastle United Foundation runs weekly free football sessions covering the entire disability spectrum, which engage with over 1300 players each year. The Regional Talent Centre is by invitation only and is funded by the FA.

 Reggie Dornan, Disability Coach at Newcastle United Foundation, commented: “Thank you to Derby County Community Foundation for coming up to Newcastle. It was a  great opportunity for both Foundation’s participants to play against new opposition, develop their skills and to make friends.  It was really wonderful to be able to all go to the game at St James’ Park to see the professionals in action – a huge thank you to Newcastle United for the tickets”

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