Striker Tarun nets the prize

Matlock youngster Tarun Lewis has won a football scholarship to Derby High School.
Matlock youngster Tarun Lewis has won a football scholarship to Derby High School.

a MATLOCK boy has become one of four youngsters to win football scholarships in a pioneering scheme run by Derby High School and Derby County.

Seven-year-old Tarun Lewis has been selected for one of only four prestigious places in what is the first time the Rams have joined with a local school to run a scholarship scheme.

Successful pupils could even follow in the footsteps of their favourite players if they are judged talented enough to attend the Rams’ Academy.

Youngsters interested in joining the scheme were assessed by Rams coaches.

Tarun said he loved playing football and explained: “I play lots and lots. I started playing when I was three, I’m a striker and in the trial game I scored 12 goals.”

Derby County manager Nigel Clough added: “Sport is more important for young people now than ever before and hopefully this scheme will help encourage children to get out and play football.”

Pupils who have won the scholarships will receive free coaching from Derby County in the Community andwill attend a training day at Moor Farm.

There will be the opportunity for a special behind the scenes experience on a Derby County match day and a reduction in junior school fees.