Football enthusiasts in Langley Mill have scored extra time for training after securing support from two local organisations.
Backing from Amber Valley Borough Council will see the training sessions at Aldercar School run until September this year – extending the project by six months.
Meanwhile, following an appeal for additional funding, Heanor Rotary Club has awarded the project £500, which will pay for some new footballs and bibs for the project.
The news comes as the team prepares for its first community tournament with Derby County.
Run by Amber Valley Housing in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary’s Langley Mill Safer Neighbourhood Team, the sessions have attracted more than 40 seven to 19 year olds each week since launching in November last year.
Hannah Inglis, neighbourhood officer at Amber Valley Housing, said: “Team sports like football can help young people to use their energy positively, learn how to work together and build bridges in the community.
“We are delighted with the response we have had from these local, community-focused organisations, which will make a real difference to those who would otherwise be left without an activity they really enjoy.
“On behalf of the youngsters, we would like to thank the Council and Heanor Rotary Club for their support, and we look forward to seeing our budding footballers continue to develop their skills while getting to know other people in their area.”
The sessions are held every Wednesday and are open to boys and girls.Sessions run between 5pm to 6pm for seven to 10s and 11 to 14 year olds, and 6pm to 7pm for 15 to 19 year olds.
For more information contact Hannah Inglis or Harriet Phillipson, on 01773 573100.