Alumni Award Boosts Braves With New Equipment

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Alumni Award Boosts Braves With New Equipment

Date posted: 10 January 2014

The University's Derby Braves American football team were the winners of the 'Alumni Sports Award' which saw them receive £1,000 worth of training equipment.

The Award courtesy of the Alumni Relations team at The University of Derby supports student societies, and promotes the benefits and opportunities that Alumni offer. Student sports societies bid for the bursary of £1,000 by explaining why they should win, and what they would do with the funding.

Alumni Relations met up with the Braves to handover the new equipment - two 60kg tackle dummies which allow the team to practice technique and form.

Richard Matthews, Derby Braves team President and second year Maths and Education Studies student, said: "The Alumni Sports Award is a fantastic idea, it's helped build a strong relationship between Alumni Relations at the University and the student societies, plus it has brought the societies together as a whole.

"The Derby Braves put together a great effort to win the award, and the equipment we received will help improve the team's technique, and more importantly, the safety in which we train."

New additions to the Braves society are the women's side which was formed this year. It currently has more than ten members and is looking to grow.

Richard added: "The new equipment will help improve safety and make starting American Football more accessible to new starters. It will also allow us to breakdown and analyse technique, which will be great, especially for beginners."

Laura Ratcliffe, Alumni Relations Officer, added: "Students are at the heart of everything we do at the University of Derby and we wanted to offer support to one of the Students' Unions sports team; helping the team to develop and thrive. The Alumni Sports Award does just that and it's been great to hear of the success of Derby Braves and how they've benefited from the funding."

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