Derbyshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the Boys Mini-Academy intake for the 2023 season.
The Academy headed up by Daryn Smit (Head of Talent Pathway) will be working throughout the winter period with 10 young cricketers from the ages of 13 to 15 training at the Incora County Ground, Gateway Centre.
The players will be working closely with Derbyshire County Cricket Club coaching staff and support staff including Gareth Marshall (Player Pathway Officer), Ben Hutchinson (Pathway Coach), Matt Mayer (Strength & Conditioning Coach), and Megan Stewart (Nutritionist Support).
For these players, it is a great opportunity to hone their skills and fitness levels with the contact time they will get with the coaches and support staff. These players should be looking to follow in the footsteps of Harry Moore who was a part of the Mini-Academy last year and has now moved up into the main Academy intake.
The Mini-Academy Intake for 2023 is as follows:
Shahmeer Khan (Rosehill Methodist CC), Izaan Chohan (Ticknall CC), James Jordison (Sandiacre Town CC), Harry Smith (Quarndon CC), Spencer Sutton (Elvaston CC), Zak Kelly (Hyde CC), Jake Green (Spondon CC), Oliver Woodward (Quarndon CC), Hassnain Akhtar (Rosehill Methodist CC) and Riaan Mahmood (Ockbrook & Borrowash CC).
The winter programme will consist of coaching for two hours at a time, twice a week focusing on individual and small group work. This will include identifying different themes, technique and game scenarios for both red and white ball. Matt Mayer will also be working the players hard to improve their fitness, strength, agility, speed, and movement patterns throughout the winter.
Gareth Marshall said “ I am really pleased with the group of players we have this year. We have gone for a bigger group with younger personal. I am confident and look forward to seeing these players progress and make the Academy intake over the next few years. “
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