Wednesday Feb 6, 2013

Alfreton Town's Community Development Scheme has now been in operation for just over 12 months.
When it was launched, the original ideas were for the club to become more involved in the community, and, in return, that the community would become more involved in the club.
Club director John Glasby feels that initial findings are that the the club has become more involved with the local community, but that the club is not quite sure that the community has become more involved with the club and this will be one of their targets to be addressed in the coming year.
The year began with the creation of four apprenticeships for local, unemployed youngsters and Alfreton Town FC are pleased that all four achieved their NVQ Level Two qualifications in Activity Leadership and also their Sports Leadership awards.
By the end of January all but one had left the club to move on.
Danny Roughton remains as an assistant coach for the foreseeable future, once he has completed his Level Three qualification.
Last September, a further four apprentices were employed by the club on a one year scheme to obtain similar qualifications.
The club have achieved sub-contractor status with Derby College and are now responsible for the delivery of the vocational training of these apprentices, although the college will continue to deliver the technical certificates.
The club's scheme has also recently stepped into the breach to ensure the continuation of physical education at a number of local schools following the withdrawal of funds to those schools through the Schools Sports Partnership.
Alfreton Town's Community Development Scheme is currently operation in Somerlea School at Somercotes, Swanwick Sports College, Ironville School, Mickley Infants and Lees Primary where they are currently coaching 250-350 children per week, not only in football, buit also in multi-sport activities.
The scheme is entering it's second year with a sense of achievement, but it still needs to find extra funding in order to grow further and is appealing for help. Any local companies or businessmen who can make a donation to the scheme can rest assured that those monies will be fully utilised in further helping the local community. Further details can be obtained by calling John Glasby on 07763 401719.

On Tuesday evening, Alfreton reached the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the first time since the 2007/08 season when they ensured there was no David and Goliath situation in their quarter final tie at Mickleover Royals.
Nicky Law's side coasted through to a last four tie at Ilkeston FC on the back of a comfortable 6-0 win thanks to goals from Ashley Worsfold, Danny Meadows, Paul Clayton (2), Nathan Arnold and Ben Tomlinson.
The date for the semi-final tie at the New Manor Ground will be announced as soon as confirmed.

This Saturday Alfreton return to Blue Square Bet Premier Division action with a home game against Woking at the Impact Arena. Kick-off is 3pm.
Next Tuesday the Reds travel to face Cambridge United for points.

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