Will Davis, Harry White and Adam Wheatcroft have expressed their gratitude to the Cricket Derbyshire Bookshop after signing summer contracts for 2015.
The Bookshop, led by Phil Kirby and his committed group of volunteers, has funded 50% of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy - in partnership with the University of Derby graduates’ contracts
After undergoing a refurbishment at the beginning of the 2013 campaign, the Book Shop’s sales have soared and this year it has raised in excess of £2,500 to aid the development of young Derbyshire cricketers.
White, having graduated through the Academy, is now determined to progress into the first-team during his debut season as a professional.
“I would like to thank very much the volunteers of the Book Shop for their support in making this possible,” White said.
Tom Poynton will join his teammates for the start of pre-season on Monday after fully recovering from the injury that ruled him out for the 2014 campaign.
After a dedicated rehabilitation programme, Poynton is ready to begin a full pre-season programme.
The squad report back to The 3aaa County Ground on Monday and Poynton says he’s excited to get back into training.
"Being back with the lads and playing cricket is what I have been striving towards and I can’t wait to get back playing,” Poynton said.
"I’m now looking forward to a full pre-season with the lads.
"My aim now for next year is to find the form I had prior to this season. I had hoped to push on in 2014 and unfortunately I couldn't. But I now have the motivation and the drive to achieve good things here.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Mark Footitt will travel to South Africa on November 21 for the England Performance Programme (EPP) Fast Bowler’s Camp.
In Potchefstroom, Footitt will be coached by EPP Lead Fast Bowling Coach Kevin Shine and England Fast Bowling Coach Ottis Gibson as part of the three week training camp.
The camp concludes on 10 December when Footitt will return to England and join up with his Derbyshire teammates at The 3aaa County Ground as preparations for the 2015 season continue.
Derbyshire’s frontline seamer finished a sensational 2014 campaign as the highest wicket-taker in the country, claiming 106 wickets in all competitions.
The 28-year-old picked up 84 first-class wickets at an average of 19, including five five-wicket hauls and career-best figures of 6-48. Footitt added 22 wickets in the limited-overs arena, which also included career-best List A figures of 5-59.
Derbyshire’s first-team squad will start their preparations for the 2015 season on Monday (3 November) as they report back for the start of pre-season.
The entire first-team squad will once again be present at The 3aaa County Ground throughout the winter as they work towards the start of the new season in April.
The only exception will be Mark Footitt who will travel to South Africa for the England Performance Programme Fast Bowling Camp at the end of November for three weeks, before returning to Derby.
Each player will be assigned a dedicated fitness programme in which its intensity will gradually increase as we edge closer to the new campaign.
Graeme Welch believes the sky’s the limit for the exciting crop of young home-grown players currently on the Derbyshire staff.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduates Tom Taylor, Harvey Hosein, Ben Cotton and Greg Cork all made their debuts for the first team during the summer – while fellow graduates Ben Slater and Alex Hughes also made telling contributions throughout the season.
Elite Performance Director Welch believes the young players have learnt a lot from their experiences and can develop in to consistent match winners.
Welch said: “When I first came in, I realised there was a lot of talented youngsters here that just needed direction.
Over 20 local youngsters took up the opportunity to learn from Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen at the first Half-Term Coaching Clinic at The 3aaa County Ground.
Boys and girls of all abilities, aged between 8 and 12, took part in a three-hour coaching session with the Derbyshire Captain in the Gateway Centre on Wednesday.
Madsen led several drills that taught the three main disciplines of cricket to the budding youngsters, who had the chance to learn from a man who has over 10,000 runs to his name as a professional and Captain of Derbyshire since 2012.
The session included batting and fielding drills, plus a dedicated bowling workshop, all under the supervision of Madsen who was able to pass on his wisdom to the young cricketers.
Three young cricketers have signed summer contracts with Derbyshire for the 2015 season.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby products Will Davis (pictured), Adam Wheatcroft and Harry White have been awarded deals for the 2015 season.
Pace bowler Davis, who captained the Academy side in 2014,has been a regular for the Second XI this summer. He was named Academy Player of the Year and earned a call-up to the England Development Programme.
Fellow graduate Wheatcroft has also featured for the Second XI this year while White, a left-arm paceman, has earned his first deal with the Club after training with the first team during 2014.
Proud to be Derbyshire Heritage Project is holding a Collection Day at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 30 October; 10am to 2pm.
The Heritage Project, which is funded thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, is asking members of the public to come forward and share any photographic collections of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Photographic donations will help create a photographic archive celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and will bring together over 1,500 images.
All images that represent cricket in the county of Derbyshire will be greatly appreciated and will be considered for both the physical and online archive, with the latter due to be available to public in Spring 2015.
Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College are working in partnership to create the inaugural Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy, launching in September 2015.
With UCAS points up for grabs, the Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy is the perfect way for cricket enthusiasts, aged 16 to 19, to bridge the gap between school education and university.
It will offer young people in Derbyshire of all abilities - who are interested in sport, cricket events and coaching - the opportunity to gain higher education qualifications and to enhance employment opportunities.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “The Cricket Derbyshire BTEC Sport Academy is an exciting new venture designed to develop cricket talent within Derbyshire, both as recreational players and coaches.
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