Derby County Football Club Women

Academy Report with Dave Cholerton

Following on from previous Academy Reports whilst we have been in Lockdown, The Government has announced that some restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have been reduced.

This includes the return to school for many primary school children which includes players from our U11 team as they prepare for their transition to secondary school.

Preparing for a change is crucial to a young person’s development. As a club, we continue to prepare for the 2020/21 season, but unlike school, it is not yet safe to return to football.

The safety of our players and coaches is the most important factor for us at the moment but our players and parents should feel assured than when it is safe to return to football, we will be ready.

As from 1st June, clubs are allowed to approach players about joining them next season. We are delighted that our players have accepted the invitation to return to pre-season training with the Academy.

During this difficult time for so many people, keeping safe is the priority but as I’ve said before, football gives people hope and I’m sure you was as excited as I am about the talk of Premiership and Championship football returning.

This development, coupled with the Government’s announcement that 6 people can meet in an open space, will encourage discussion about when grassroots football can return.

DCFCW’s response to this is: When it is safe to do so! – I appreciate that many people will want an announcement when the players can return to football with their team mates but we must be responsible and not offer something that we can’t deliver.

In the mean time, I encourage the players to complete the challenges set by their Coach and by me in a previous report. Keep safe and I hope that football for DCFCW will not be too far away.