Participants from the Derby County Community Trust’s Team Talk sessions from across the city were given a big surprise when Wayne Rooney visited their Christmas celebration event last week.

After an announcement earlier this year that 32Red would invest in the programme, which uses Derby County as a mechanism to engage with men about their mental health, the session now runs in four locations with the fifth being launched in early 2020.

Participants from across the city-wide hubs which are located at the Derby County Community Trust office, the University of Derby, the Royal British Legion and Derwent Community Centre, joined together for a festive celebration at Nunsfield House in Alvaston.

Whilst taking part in the festivities and catching up, participants were stunned following the arrival of Rooney, who will officially become a Derby player in January 2020.

Luke Wilkinson, Health Team Leader and Team Talk project lead, said: “Being able to extend the Team Talk session from the original hub at the Derby County Community Trust office into another three city locations, with one more in the pipeline for the new year, has been all been made possible thanks to 32Red’s investment.

“The support we have had - not just financially but in the opportunities, we’ve been able to provide - has been phenomenal.”

He added: “We know the programme is supporting males through more difficult times and to be able to reward their commitment with a visit from someone as prolific as Wayne Rooney is not something we’re able to do every day, and it’s something that they will remember forever.”

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