The Derby Mini Soccer League was formed many years ago by Derby City Council and was previously known as the “Community League” as a service to children in deprived inner city areas.
The League was presented their Award at Pride Park, Derby. The people on the photo are as follows, (looking at the photo from left to right) Liam Rooney, Daniel Hawksworth (League Officer), Ian Birley (Referees secretary – assistant), Richard Eaton (Referees Secretary), Steve Nicks (Secretary), Mike Torrance (Registrations Secretary), Steve Price (Chairman) & Tommy Weightman (Treasurer).
The league currently has 150 teams who play at various venues within Derby City and offers football divisions ranging from U7s to U11s.
Over 60 per cent of teams who play in the league have now achieved FA Charter Standard club status and the league will develop a support network to ensure more teams will work towards achieving Charter Standard within the next three years.
Derby Mini Soccer League has worked very closely with Derbyshire CFA over the last 12 months to formulate a development plan for the league which will help to ensure key objectives are achieved and therefore continuing to raise standards of grassroots football within the Derby Mini Soccer League.
Steve Nicks, League Secretary, who along with Mike Torrance played an instrumental role ensuring the league met the Charter Standard League criteria said: “We are delighted to become the first league in Derbyshire to achieve Charter Standard League status. We are confident that Charter Standard League status will enable us to improve the service to our member clubs(whilst encouraging them to move towards Charter Standard) and to grow and provide improved support to the teams, their coaches and the referees operating within the Derby Mini Soccer League.”
Mike Torrance, Registration Secretary said: "We are extremely proud that we are the first league in the County to have achieved this status. This award is the culmination of many years of hard work put in by the members of the league management committee who have continually strived to raise standards. We are now better placed to continue our future development in an ever closer partnership with the staff of the Derbyshire County FA.”
The league is fully focused on the challenges ahead, which includes supporting and increasing the number of players and teams within the Derby Mini Soccer League. The management committee is delighted with the news that Derby Mini Soccer League has now been rewarded for the many hours they have dedicated to receiving this recognition.
Liam Rooney, Football Development Officer for Derbyshire County FA, said: "The Derby Mini Soccer League has devised an informative and creative Football Development Plan that focuses on the key issues within The FA’s National Game Strategy. The football development plan also focuses on the game's workforce; its volunteers, coaches and referees and offers a wide range of opportunities to support coach education and continual development. The league should be very proud of this achievement and a special thank you to Steve Nicks and Mike Torrance for all their hard work over the past year. "It’s so refreshing to see the league embrace Charter Standard and to see they are fully focused on the challenges ahead which includes supporting and increasing the number of players and teams, continuing to raise standards, supporting the workforce and providing coach education opportunities.”