Sporting Futures

Bondholders Merge

Bondholders Derby County Community Trust and Sporting Futures have merged.

Derby County Community Trust and Sporting Futures said the decision to unite made “perfect sense” given the existing close relationship between the two organisations and the complementary nature of what they both offer.

Both charities use sport as a focal point to change people’s lives for the better and are supported by local and national trusts and initiatives alike.

Will Turner, Director of Sporting Futures, said, “The synergy between the work delivered by ourselves at Sporting Futures and specifically in the current inclusion work delivered by the Trust is obvious, so the exploration of merging the two charities formed naturally.

“As discussions have gone on, this merge makes perfect sense - putting both charities together in terms of growth, experience and knowledge will add further value and credibility to the core charity functions as well as increasing the profile of the Derby 10K and other events.  Both sets of trustees and organisations have now agreed to take this forward.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, said, “Derby County Community Trust has a great history of working collaboratively with Sporting Futures. We are delighted that we can take this relationship to the next level by integrating Sporting Futures’ staff and delivery programmes into our wider Trust.

“As an organisation we are committed to developing and delivering programmes across Derbyshire that improve the lives of our local community, and bringing Sporting Futures’ quality of staff, expertise, track record of delivery and partners into DCCT enables us to do even more of this amazing work. We are delighted that we have been able to make this amalgamation work and are excited for what the future will bring.”

The move will see Sporting Futures’ flagship event and fundraiser, the well-known Derby 10K, come under Derby County Community Trust’s umbrella.

Emma Pilgrim, Events Manager at Sporting Futures said, “The event has gone from strength to strength, and now in its 18th year the involvement of the Trust will only serve to support the growth of the race even further.

 “All previous runners can expect the same race organisation and route as previous years, and all profits made will go towards supporting the same charitable activities that Sporting Futures have always delivered across Derbyshire.”

Sporting Futures’ work under the Trust will now proceed with immediate effect.

Bondholders Lead 10k

Entries for the Central Health 10K, organised by Bondholder Sporting Futures, opened last month, and the charity have seen record number of places snapped up within the first few weeks.

Among the first to sign up for the 10K, which will take place next year on 15th April, were two teams from Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. Last year’s Toyota teams ‘Always Better Runners’ and ‘The Runner in Front is from Toyota’ both fared well, recording impressive times to take the third spot overall, but are back to improve their overall standing whilst defending their bondholder crown.

Toyota and Sporting Futures also work together on the Toyota Road to Success project, designed to help 16-25 year olds who aren’t in employment, education or training to improve their skills for the workplace. This project has also been nominated for a national award recently, at the Children and Young People Now Awards, so the partnership continues to strengthen.

Race organiser Emma Pilgrim said, “It’s great to get entries open again for next year’s race, our biggest fundraiser for the charity. Toyota always turn out in force and it was no surprise they were our first business teams to take on the challenge – we’re hoping to see a third team from them too this year!”

Hazel Clint, Senior Manager at Toyota said, “I love taking part in the Derby 10k, it’s the one race I do each year and I’ll most definitely be part of the Toyota team again this year. The atmosphere is fantastic and the crowd keep you going, especially heading back to Pride Park at the end. We can’t wait for 15h April!” 

If your business has what it takes to compete for the Bondholder crown, sign up today to support a local charity! Teams can have between 4-10 members, with the top 4 times combining to give the team total. All entries are available online:

Derby 10K set to Return

Derby’s largest running event is back for 2018, its 18th year, with the date for the race being announced as 15th April next year by Bondholder Sporting Futures.

The race attracts upwards of 5000 entries for the main race and fun run every year, and it kicks off fellow Bondholder RunDerby’s calendar each year.

Next year’s race will follow the same format as this year’s, with individuals, business teams and families alike being invited to take part in the bustling event.

The Bondholder League was introduced for the first time this year, with Toyota beating off stiff competition to take the Marketing Derby crown. The league will be back for 2018, with free spaces up for grabs for the top bondholder, as we see if Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK can defend their title. Points are awarded for number of colleagues racing, the times they finish in and also for volunteering at the event.

Emma Pilgrim, Events Manager at Sporting Futures, said, “the Derby 10K is a great event for local runners, those who want a challenge or to try something new, and teams and families. The 3K provides a fun distance for youngsters while the 10K provides a flat, fast route for seasoned runners or for those who want to run in their first race.

“We’ll be working to provide Couch to 10K plans as we did this year too, to ensure that the race is achievable for everyone who wants to take part.”

Sporting Futures to Support Young People

Bondholder Sporting Futures has received funding from fellow Bondholder Santander to deliver sports and physical activities for young people in the Normanton ward of Derby.

Weekly sports sessions within hard-to- reach communities across Derbyshire forms the basis of Sporting Futures’ charity work, with the overall aim of raising aspirations of young people in these areas using the power of sport.

The grant will allow two weekly sessions to be delivered in Normanton for the upcoming year. These will be based at Shaftesbury Park and Normanton Park, both areas which have high rates of disengaged young people who may resort to anti-social behaviour without intervention.

Jodie Hayes, Programme Development Officer for Derby City at Sporting Futures, said: “Normanton has always been a key area for us to work in the city, and this grant has ensured our future within this ward is financially stable. We already have a known presence and rapport with  young people in the area and this grant will now allow us to build on the relationships we already have, reaching more young people and helping them to achieve.”

Marketing Derby Bondholder League Results!

20 bondholder teams took part in the Central Health Derby 10K on 9th April, organised by fellow bondholder Sporting Futures.

Now the results are in, the first ever Bondholder League is live, and Sporting Futures are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK as this year’s winning bondholder! After coming third in the overall Business Team Challenge, ‘The runner in front is from Toyota’ team have scooped the victory, beating off competition from their own colleagues and other teams from around the city.

There was more inter-company battles as DCFC Stadium leapfrogged DCFC Academy to claim 4th place, and Flint Bishop climbed the ranks from 13th in the overall challenge to take 3rd place amongst other bondholders. Geldards LLP also jumped up a huge 22 places to grab a top ten spot.

Rolls Royce Digital proved that the tortoise is in fact faster than the hare, with 5 Rolls Royce teams in total taking on the 10K challenge, giving them the title for most overall runners entered, along with some of the most inventive team names!

Points were awarded to bondholders based on numbers of runners in each team, along with their finishing times.

The winning team at Toyota are entitled to a free team entry into next year’s event, where we hope to see more bondholders take on the challenge. Thanks to all this year’s business teams who came out in force to support Sporting Futures’ biggest event and fundraiser.

The Bondholder League

With the Central Health Derby 10K approaching and 23 businesses already submitting teams, including bondholders BB&J, Tidyco, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Sporting Futures are urging more bondholders to sign up for the challenge.

The Derby 10K is running for its 17th year on 9th April and Sporting Futures want to get as many Marketing Derby bondholders involved as possible. A new bondholder league is being organised for the first time.

The inaugural league will work based on a points-per-team system. Companies are invited to enter as many teams as they like (minimum 4 and maximum 10 per team), but efforts will be scored per team not by company, meaning the more teams you enter the more chance you have at claiming the title.

Points will be awarded as follows:

•    10 automatic points for team entry

•    1 additional point per team member

•    10 points for each runner finishing sub 45 minutes

•    5 points for each runner finishing between 45-60 minutes

•    3 points for each runner finishing in 60+ minutes.

In addition, teams can scored extra points by signing up volunteers.

 Volunteers can sign up online, citing their company name in ‘How did you hear about us’ for points to be added to the overall team score. Volunteer points will be added after their attendance on race day, and each volunteer will gain 5 points for their team.

Bonus points will also be awarded for the most original and imaginative team photo, uploaded via the team’s preferred social network with the hashtag #BHchallenge.

Winners will be announced the week after the race and the team will receive a free entry for 5 people into a future Sporting Futures event. All bondholders who take part will be acknowledged as charity supporters through Sporting Futures’ website, social media and post-race report.

To sign your team up visit or request a manual form from A fundraising pack can also be requested by email for those wishing to support Sporting Futures develop the work they deliver to disadvantaged young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

Bondholders' Road to Success

Bondholder company Sporting Futures has been selected by fellow Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK to receive an annual grant of £10,000 which will allow six employability projects to be run over the next three years in Derbyshire. 

The 'Toyota Road to Success' programme will aim to target young people aged between 16 and 25, who are not in education, employment or training.

Representatives from Toyota are helping at all stages of the project, with parts of the programme involving a Dragons Den type task at the plant, where Toyota staff members will act as potential investors.

Hannah Kearns, Sporting Futures’ Programme Development Officer for South Derbyshire, said: 'Our employability projects are at the centre of what we stand for as a charity, to increase the aspirations of young people in Derbyshire’s hardest to reach areas. Working with Toyota shows how large corporations can help the local community and we’re excited to get the Roadto Success programme underway.'