Established in September 2003, the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby gives talented young cricketers an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from professional cricket training and education whilst still at school or college.

The Academy aims to make the club self-sufficient in terms of bringing through our own home-grown players and preparing them for a future in the professional game.


The Academy training season takes place during the winter months; commencing in early November through to April. Each week the Academy players attend sessions to develop their skills through group and individual work.

The Academy syllabus incorporates classroom based tuition including cricket knowledge, the principles of strength & conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology and performance lifestyle training alongside the practical coaching sessions; fielding and in the nets.


Year-round support includes ongoing visits from the Sports Psychologist and Personal Development & Welfare Staff during the summer months.

During the cricket season the Academy play around 20 days of cricket as an Academy side. They attend occasional practice sessions and individual sessions are always available.