Sport in the community

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


We are Derry Hill Utd Football Club a local grassroots football club in Wiltshire. We were one of the first grassroots football clubs to achieve the Football Association's highest accreditation of Charter Standard Community Club which recognises the quality of our football provision. All of our coaches have achieved at least Level 1 certificate in Football coaching. We provide football for youngsters aged 6-18 and we are proud of our achievements developing the footballing ability, fitness and personalities of the children we work with.

We want to improve our football provision by purchasing two new sets of 5/7 a-side portable aluminium goals and football respect barriers for Bowood Sports Ground, our home ground. New goals will replace our old plastic goals, which are now unfit for purpose. Together the goals and barriers will increase both the football match and football training capacity at our ground.

Currently we do not have enough goals for all our pitches at Bowood Sports Ground. This impacts on our provision of football across the football club.

Almost 200 young footballers currently play for Derry Hill Utd FC. Our ground is also used by St Margaret's School in Calne, for sporting events.

The goals will specifically support our plans to increase opportunities for girls to participate in football locally. Girls' participation in football is a priority for the Football Association (FA) and more active girls and women is a priority for Sport England. Football is currently the fastest growing participation sport for girls. Locally we are at the forefront of football provision for girls: around a quarter of our young footballers are girls and we want to increase this further. We have recently agreed a partnership with FC Calne to ensure that female players have a pathway from junior to adult football and we connect actively with local schools. We actively encourage our female players to participate in the development pathway provided by the FA, with several of our most talented young female players taking part in the County FA's Advanced Coaching Centre (ACC). We need new goals to facilitate continued and improved football provision.

Voting for our project would benefit the local community and schools. It would help improve our provision of football at Bowood Sports Ground, particularly for girls. In turn improved football provision from Derry Hill Utd for our club should improve health, fitness and personal development outcomes for local youngsters.

The cost of our project to provide 2 sets of goals and respect banners is £4,792.00.

Please vote for our project and help us to grow girls football within our community.


Derry Hill United Football Club

Moment of Pride

Commitment of over 40 volunteers giving their time for free. We are really proud of our club and its place in our community. Our club is based on the principle of Football for All. Membership is available to anyone wanting to play, there are no trials, making us a very friendly club to be a part of.

Location: Derry Hill