August 14th 2015

3aaa Form New Partnership With DCFA

3aaa are delighted to announce a four year partnership deal with the Derbyshire County Football Association.

The partnership will ensure that Derbyshire CFA will be able to continue their work in the administration, regulation and development of the game at the same time as delivering The FA National Game Strategy. The Derbyshire County FA aspires to be a smart organisation that offers and develops football in Derbyshire through a flexible, modern and relevant approach whilst ensuring that engagement of the local community is at its highest.

It is an exciting time as the next 4 year strategy begins and with the support from 3aaa and forming this partnership it will enhance the game in Derbyshire and ensure that they can support their volunteers and also continue to work with young people. Currently Derbyshire CFA have over 1,800 affiliated teams in the county and over 500 registered referees reaching out to over 20,000 members of volunteers.


‘I’m really pleased that we have formed this partnership with the Derbyshire County FA. Both of our organisations are focused on giving young people every opportunity to achieve in life whether that is through sport or in the work place. It’s great to be able to support the Derbyshire County FA in attracting more young people to take part in football. Ultimately we hope that some of the lessons and experience that they gain through their enjoyment of sport will transfer into the workplace in the future.’  said Andy Palmer, Managing Director of 3aaa.

‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the Derbyshire County FA, inspiring young people to achieve apprenticeships through the power of sport. Myself a former professional footballer with premier league clubs including Derby County and Norwich City, have over my footballing career learnt valuable skills, which have given me opportunities within the sporting environment . Since retiring from the sport I am very excited to take on this new and exciting role.’  said Marc Edworthy- Power of Sport for 3aaa.

‘This represents a bright future for the Association and an excellent opportunity for 3aaa to engage with young people through sport.’
Frank McArdle, Patron & Director of DCFA.

You’ll now find a 3aaa Academy in Bedford, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Croydon, Derby, Gloucester, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Maidstone, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Romford, Sheffield, Southampton, Swindon, Tamworth, Warwick, Watford, Worcester and York.

Academies will soon be opening in Exeter, Hull, Middlesbrough, Stoke and Wolverhampton.

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