Back Left to Right: Harry Wanford, Jack Redman, Nils Priestley, Oscar Gaunt (Mini Academy), Adam Peat
Front Left to Right: Ethan Laverty, Josh Lacey, Sam Conners
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby has announced its intake for the Development Pathway for 2017/18.
The Academy, headed up by Development Coach Mal Loye, will see the Club working directly with young cricketers from the age of 13 upwards at The 3aaa County Ground.
The Academy intakes will work closely with the former England international and the rest of the Club’s professional coaches, all of whom have first-class experience within the game.
In total, 11 Academy graduates featured for the first-team in 2017, while Hamidullah Qadri, Callum Brodrick, James Taylor and Alfie Gleadall all earned professional deals for 2018.
This year’s intake includes eight Academy members, who have been identified and recruited by Loye in consultation with Cricket Advisor Kim Barnett, the Club’s coaches, Derbyshire Cricket Board and scouting network across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Academy Intake 2018
Academy Fixtures 2018
The 3aaa county ground
The British Army
Loye said: “Young players have the opportunity to be identified by the Club from the age of 13 and develop within the Academy setup, whilst learning from highly-qualified coaches who have all had first-class cricket experience.
“Our overall aim remains to produce first-class cricketers who will put in winning performances for Derbyshire and even go on to play for England.
“We will support players in their development along this process and we believe the model we have in place will enable more players to progress along the pathway, into the first team and beyond.
“It was satisfying to see the likes of Hamidullah and Callum make telling contributions in the first team last year, showing that opportunities will be available for our young developing players.
“It’s great that four graduates from 2017 will now get the chance to train full-time with the first team this year, learning from the senior professionals and international players in the squad, and we hope many more young players can follow in their footsteps in years to come.”