Derby College Sports students recently had the chance to learn coaching and football skills from football legend Roy Keane during a visit to St George's Park – the FA's national football training centre in Staffordshire. The visit was organised by Burton-on-Trent based pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group as part of their partnership with the League Managers' Association (LMA).
Clinigen invited the Sports Coaching and Development Diploma students, based at Derby College's Broomfield Hall site in Morley, to tour St George's Park.
The students were then treated to a special football skills training session with former Manchester United legend Roy Keane. As a manager, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and is currently Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team who recently qualified for Euro 2016.
Derby College Lecturer Kevin Bunting explained: "The day was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to learn from one of football's greatest players and coaches.
"Our students have their sights set on a wide range of careers in sports and this experience was invaluable for them to gain an insight into how top sports people are coached at an elite level."
Peter George, CEO of Clinigen Group and lifelong Manchester United fan said: "We are very proud to be able to help provide such talented young sportspeople with the opportunity to meet and to train with a footballing legend like Roy Keane.
"Clinigen has been a partner of the League Managers' Association since 2014 and it has been fantastic to be a part of the great work that they do to develop and inspire local students and clubs."
Matt Tribe (17) from Belper was amongst the group. He said: "I am hoping to work in personal training or sports physiotherapy so it was incredible to see how someone like Roy Keane handles a coaching session. "We were certainly put through our paces and the clear message that came out was that you need to be confident and give precise instructions and demonstrations during any coaching session. "It was great to see the theory put into practice by such an iconic player, coach and manager."
Callum Edworthy (16) from Littleover, son of former Derby County player Marc Edworthy, added: "Roy Keane knows so much about the game that it was brilliant to see him in action."He was really relaxed and very witty which made the whole coaching session very enjoyable."
A full time Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development course starts at Derby College in February 2016 plus if you would like more informationon any of our Sport courses you could go to the Broomfield Information Evening.
A Derby College student has been selected for the England Colleges' netball squad to compete at an elite level of the sport.
Cherese Naylor (17) from Codnor is studying Sports Coaching and Development at the College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley.
She plays Centre and Wing Attack for the Loughborough Lightning team in the national performance league and, as part of the English Colleges' team will play against other national sides and in the national super league.
Cherese, a former pupil of the Ripley Academy, has played netball since she was eight-years-old. She combines her College course with daily strength, conditioning and fitness training as well as netball coaching and playing matches.
Cherese said: "I went for trials for the squad and was delighted to be accepted.
"This is an opportunity to play netball against some of the other top teams in the UK. My ultimate goal is to play netball for England on an international stage so I hope that this will get me further towards that ambition.
"The only downside is that we have to fund ourselves to be part of the squad and attend training and matches throughout the UK. I am therefore working hard to raise sponsorship to enable me to take all the opportunities open to me."
Derby College Sports Lecturer Kevin Bunting said: "Cherese fully deserves this chance to play at a top level in this sport.
"She has a great attitude to her academic studies showing that education and elite sport work well alongside each other
"As a College, we fully support our students who compete in sport at an elite level and ensure that their match and training commitments successfully combine with their College courses so that they gain qualifications that will be invaluable to them in their future careers."
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Derby College is appealing for volunteers to help restore the historic gardens at the Broomfield Hall campus. The restoration programme has been launched by Head Gardener Samantha Harvey who is working with Horticulture students at the College to develop the gardens into a visitor attraction.
The gardens were created when the original hall was built in 1873 by industrialist Charles Schwind.
They still retain the Victorian layout and the plan is to improve these further with several developments including contemporary herbaceous planning, designing; planting a sub-tropical area and installing colourful rainbow planting.
Miss Harvey, who is a former student at Derby College and then trained at the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, said: "We have got big plans for the gardens at Broomfield Hall and our aim is to make these a notable visitor attraction.
"The students are obviously involved and are gaining valuable work experience to improve their employability skills. However, we would also be grateful for the input of local people who can volunteer some of their time to be part of this exciting project.
"Our main volunteer days are Mondays to Wednesdays and volunteers are obviously welcome to work as many hours as they wish with us.
"We have already had interest from people including keen gardeners, some who have retired and others who are keen to progress into the industry.
"As the work progresses, we aim to open the grounds more frequently and welcome people to tour the picturesque grounds and learn more about the different trees."
Future courses at Broomfield Hall will include a new RHS practical skills course for keen gardeners. For more information visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or telephone 0800 028 0289. For more information on volunteering opportunities, please email Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Learners on the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy at Derby College's Ilkeston campus have come to the aid of a local scout group after their front wall was knocked down.
Derby College is offering the chance for people to embrace their love of animals and re-train to work in pet grooming.
The 18-week International Professional Groomers Course will be held one day a week at the Dog Grooming salon at the College's Broomfield Hall site in Morley starting next month (February).
Derby College has worked with Direct Help & Advice (DHA) Training and Advice Centre on Bath Street to run an educational prevention enrichment project for learners which is funded by Derbyshire Commissioners Crime Prevention Grant.
Fujitsu and Intel have launched a new Innovation Hub at Derby College, which is set to put technology at the heart of learning for the College and its students.
As part of the businesses' commitment to developing IT skills in the UK, the new Innovation Hub, which is the ninth of its kind in the UK, will transform the learning experience for more than 400 students on degree programmes at the College, support teacher development CPD, as well as providing a resource for the wider community.
A Derby College student will represent Great Britain in an international fencing competition in Switzerland in January 2016.
Owen Jordan lives in Watnall near Kimberley and is studying to be a personal trainer at Derby College’s Johnson Building campus in Pride Park.
Derby College’s involvement in the University of Derby Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes has been awarded the highest accolade from Ofsted.
Ofsted ranked the FE and skills provision as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection in September. The inspection has also ranked the overall effectiveness of the ITE partnership as ‘good’ in Early Years; ‘outstanding’ in Primary and ‘good’ in Secondary.