Bondholder Derby County Community Trust has been awarded the Professional Community Programme of the Year Award, sponsored by the Professional Footballers’ Association, at the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.
The Trust received a cheque for £1,000 at the ceremony hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex in London.
Sharon Dale, Health Manager at Derby County Community Trust, commented on the Award: “Winning a Community Sport and Recreation Award means we are able to showcase the amazing work we have done at Derby County Football Club. It gives our programmes a huge amount of credibility and raises our profile, which allows us to share this success with our partners, participants and staff.
"We are grateful for the prize money and will use it to continue working with local people who need our support in getting active and improving their lives.”
Derby County Community Trust works in partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby City Council to deliver a range of health-related programmes to increase physical activity and improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.
The Trust runs the programme, Active Choices, which is a personalised prevention programme considering a person’s health status, lifestyle and personal preferences providing support in the recovery and community integration of people who use Class A drugs and those misusing alcohol. People taking part in the programme are offered a range of interventions such as free gym memberships at Derby City Council leisure facilities, swimming, boxing, badminton and, of course, football.
Andrew Moss, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “Derby County Community Trust and the Active Choices programme provides tangible change to individuals and the local community, through the power of sport and recreation.
"It’s a great example of how sport and recreation can be used as a tool to improve not just physical but also mental wellbeing.”