Striker Boy & Derby County FC

April 16, 2018


As well as securing a much needed three points for promotion chasing Derby, the game against Bolton on April 7th also marked the start of a week long collaboration between Striker Boy and Derby County Community Trust.

We were in the children’s area before kick-off giving away free books and bookmarks. We also bumped into our friend David Morley the Deputy Head of Long Meadow Primary School, who spoke beautifully at a memorial event for Jonny in October last year.


Over the following week ran emotional resilience sessions for 375 children at the Pride Park stadium. The children did a 1hr session and then got a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. Each child was also gifted a copy of Striker Boy so they could take part in our national writing competition.

On the Monday we were joined by BBC Radio Derby who ran two four minute segments on the radio. You can listen to both segments below.

The children we worked with did Derby proud and we hope they enjoyed their time with us! We would like to save a huge thank you to Lauren, Grace, and all the team at Derby County who helped make this possible. We would also like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS, as today Derby County Community Trust were officially named the EFL’s community club of the year! The EFL includes 72 clubs so this is a huge achievement and we’re very proud to have had the opportunity to work together.

Striker Boy is a wonderful children’s book by teacher turned author Jonny Zucker. Sadly, Jonny took his own life just over a year ago. This special edition has been republished in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. You can pick up your own copy of Striker Boy here.