Academy Players

Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby


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.


Cricket Derbyshire launched its 2014 Academy programme in partnership with the University of Derby in October 2013 - with seven promising youngsters returning to make up the 2014 Cricket Derbyshire Academy.

The intake includes seven returning Academy Members who will have the opportunity to work with the dedicated Academy and first team coaching staff as they continue their developments with the Club.

The selected players will spend the winter working on their skills and taking lifestyle advice before embarking on a summer of cricket under the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby banner.

The continuing partnership with the University of Derby, including the sponsorship of the county’s LV= County Championship shirt, will see Cricket Derbyshire once again support the University of Derby’s Team Derby cricket team as part of the first University/Academy cricket partnership in the country.

The Club is dedicated in producing local home-grown talent and five graduates – Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Matt Higginbottom, Alex Hughes and Peter Burgoyne – played vital roles as Derbyshire claimed their first top flight victory for over a decade during a historic 2013 campaign. 

In total, eight Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby graduates featured for Derbyshire in 2013 both in the four-day and limited over sides.

The Club has also announced that Academy graduates Ben Cotton, Greg Cork, Jonathan Marsden and Tom Taylor have been awarded summer contracts for 2014 which will allow them to continue their progressions alongside the senior side. 

Academy member Harvey Hosein is currently part of the ECB’s prestigious England Development Programme at under-17’s level, whilst former Academy duo Danielle Wyatt and Georgia Elwiss both played their parts in the 2013 Women’s Ashes triumph.

Head of Development Howard Dytham said: “If you are going to have an articulated vision of producing your own players then realistically you are only as strong as the Academy.

“We try and make sure the players are taught regularly to replicate what is required at a first-class level and trying to get those messages across early so they can, hopefully, have a smooth transition through to the senior side. 

“We think we have got the right people this year. I think with a lower intake it will help us concentrate a dedicated coaching schedule giving them the best opportunity for success. 

“We’re very lucky to have such a committed and experienced coaching team, which includes contracted hours from members of the professional squad.

“It’s fantastic that a number of former Academy graduates have earned summer contracts with the Club, further demonstrating the dedication to produce local talent and we look forward to another successful summer with the Academy in 2014."



HarveyHoseinYears on Academy: Third Year

Club: Matlock Cricket Club 

Role: Wicketkeeper/Batsman

Experience: Selected for the ECB's England Development Programme for under-17s and played Second XI County Cricket in 2010 at the age of 13.

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




MykyloBirdYears on Academy: Third Year

Club: Chesterfield

Role: Batsman/Wicketkeeper

Experience: Midlands Under-15’s in 2011.

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




WillDavisYears on Academy: Fourth Year

Club: Denby Cricket Club

Role: Right-arm seamer

Experience: Selected for the ECB's England Development Programme for under-17s having previously represented the Midlands Under-15s.

Route to Academy: Staffordshire Cricket



CallumBrodrickYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Dunstall Cricket Club

Role: Batsman/Wicketkeeper

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy




RobHemmingsYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Audley Cricket Club

Role: Right-arm swing bowling all-rounder

Route to Academy: Staffordshire Youth Cricket




RahibAliYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Dalvaston & Boulton Cricket Club

Role: Batsman

Route to Academy: Derbyshire Cricket Board Mini Academy 2nd XI




HarryKilloranYears on Academy: Second Year

Club: Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club

Role: Off-spinner

Route to Academy: Cheshire Youth Cricket


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