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Headway Derby encouraged by FA heading reports

Headway Derby, alongside Headway has welcomed reports that the Football Association is set to launch new coaching guidelines that will restrict the amount of heading by under-18 players in training.

Newspaper articles claim that the governing body will not ban heading by children, but is expected to recommend a reduction in the amount of times young players head the ball. The FA action is in response to research last year that found professional footballers were 3.5 times more likely to die of degenerative brain disease than the average person.

Sources have told media outlets guidelines are being finalised but are expected to cover players under 18, with different guidance for different ages. If reports are correct, The FA's new guidelines are expected to be issued later this month and will only apply in training and not in matches.

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association said: “We are encouraged to hear the Football Association is set to restrict the amount of heading allowed by young players. 

“In light of the recent study undertaken by the University of Glasgow, this is a positive, common sense approach to take. After all, it will not prohibit young people participating in the game or impact their enjoyment.  

“Further research is urgently needed in order to remove any uncertainty about how often a player can head a ball and at what age – if any – it is safe to do so before damage is caused.

“What is clear, however, is that we cannot afford to wait for further evidence to be published before taking action on this.”


Debra Morris, Chair of Headway Derby adds "Headway Derby welcomes any new coaching guidelines introduced to improve the welfare of young players as they go about their sporting activities, both in education settings as well as in the community."

Annual General Meeting 2019

Held Thursday 12th December 2019 10am at The Brain Injury Hub, Suite A Bateman Court, Bateman Street, Derby, DE23 8JQ


Minutes of AGM

Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019

Winner - Not For Profit category

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership

We are incredibly happy to announce that Headway Derby recently won the prestigious Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 in the Sellick Partnership Not For Profit category.

We were so incredibly proud to represent our whole community and wanted to ensure everyone was represented on the night.

Tickets were expensive and outside of our budget but Chair Debra Morris came to our rescue and funded five tickets. This meant that:
were all represented on the night; and what a lovely night it was!

As a traumatic Brain Injury specialist Solicitor who set up the #AffinityLaw Derby office less than a year ago, Debra knows better than most the importance of the work that we do across the region. Thank You Debra x

We have much to do in the year ahead as this is our 25th Anniversary and there will be a number of events throughout the year to celebrate this achievement.

Keep checking back with us to find out about events and how you can either support or attend them

Thank You to all our members - it's a privilege to be part of your journey.

As many of you know by now, we moved to our new Brain Injury Hub in January 2019 and the first six months have been incredibly eventful with new projects being piloted, winning the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019, supporting a team of 10 dedicated Headway Derby Staff and Volunteers to complete the Derby 10K, completing a 25km Cycle Ride to raise awareness of the work of the charity; and holding our third Black Tie Ball.

Most recently our Chair Debra, Operations and Development Manager Rebecca, Adult Learning Tutor Emma, and  Comm's Volunteer Katie all took part in an eight week BootCamp with Angela Silver at Nuffield Health and Wellbeing Gym to raise awareness of the challenges faced by brain in jured people in trying to stay motivated and engage in new challenges - from this Emma has decided to throw herself into a huge challenge and on 26th April 2020 she will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise much needed funds for our work. Well be posting regular progress updates as Emma prepares for the challenge and will share information on how you can get involved by supporting her.

Caring services at HeadwayWe are local organisation and registered charity providing a range of support and development services for brain injured people, their families and carers in Derby and Derbyshire. We aim to provide practical support services to help local people come to terms with life after brain injury. This support extends to a variety of social and developmental activities and training for those who want to know more about brain injury and its affects. We are affiliated to, but separate from, the national brain injury association – Headway UK.

As an organisation we work closely with professionals from the NHS Head Injury team based at London Road Community hospital and Derby City Council. Our committed and experienced staff team are always on hand to offer advice and support on a range of matters regarding brain injury.

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