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Derby's Barker launches foundation

Shaun Barker

Derby County captain Shaun Barker has set up his own foundation to help underprivileged youngsters in Derby.

The Shaun Barker Foundation was developed with the help of the Professional Footballers' Association, and will focus on three areas, Arts and Culture, Sports in the community and Social care.

Each of these have a relevant and personal attachment to Shaun, with social care being the area closest to his heart. From the age of three his parents began fostering children and in the course of 16 years they helped over 180 children.

"This act of selflessness as well as a stable loving home unquestionably helped me on my own path in life." he said.

Shaun has not played for the Rams since sustaining a knee injury in a game against local rivals Nottingham Forest in March 2012. During his recovery he decided to form his own charity.

He said: "I'm making it up. I have no idea what I'm doing but the more people that want to get involved the better.

"I've spoken to quite a few people and I want little classes for kids to go and do some free dance and arts classes, photography, things they would find hard to do themselves or haven't got the confidence to do."