Darren Roberts, known by many as Coco, was coordinator of the Venture Alternative Learning (VAL) project at The Venture and secretary of The Venture Community Football Club.

 

Coco was hugely popular throughout the community. He grew up here, had massive knowledge of the area and cared deeply for the people. Councillor Malcolm King said "Among his many achievements, Mr Roberts was involved with a wide range of football organisations serving the area".

On Saturday 28th December 20XX, The Venture held a charity football match in honour of Coco. The match was one that Coco would have laughed at and enjoyed; even the 'oldies' came out to join in, with lots of supporters shouting from the side lines. 

On 6th December 2017, to mark the anniversary of Coco's passing, The Venture held its inaugural 'Lantern Parade'. The event was inspired by Coco's memory and that of local stalwart Gaynor Davies who was also an inspiring figure in the community and an integral part of The Venture's history. A commemorative oak tree was planted on the corner of Garner Road and Wynnstay Avenue, Wrecsam.