Sunday league football with a difference
It’s 7:30 on a crisp Sunday morning in Derby and Tommy Weightman and a passionate team of volunteers are arriving at Lees Brook Community School ready to allow 450 children the opportunity to live their football dream.
The Derby Junior Football League is a regular community booking based at the schools superb 3G pitch. For 7 hours every Sunday during the football season the league gives boys and girls aged 8 and under – spanning 56 different teams – a chance to stay active and follow their passion in a venue at the heart of their local area.
Tommy – the league’s treasurer – told us “Lees Brook Community School is the ideal venue for us with it being so central to the community and easily accessible for our volunteers, officials, coaches and families.”
“Running our league on a 3G pitch rather than grass means the children get to play whatever the weather. Last season 24 out of 25 rounds of fixtures were completed at Lees Brook, we even ran a Sunday of matches in minus 4 temperature’s but the children still loved it!”
“Booking with Buddle Venues was really simple and their online system even allowed me to be added to our club account so I can pay our facility hire invoices quickly and digitally as soon as they fall due” said Tommy.
But the final word on why the league is so important to the local East Midlands community is best summed-up by Tommy when asked why he himself is so committed to volunteering with the league “nobody matters more than our young players. I tell them every week – play the game and most of all, always enjoy it!”
To follow the latest news and updates from the league go to Facebook and search for Derby Junior Football League.