Chairman Chris Grant says the start of ground development work is evidence that the Club is moving in the right direction.
Alongside fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives from key contractors, Grant officially launched the development at The 3aaa County Ground yesterday.
The Lund Pavilion will undergo a transformation to create enhanced facilities for Members, as well as creating a state-of-the-art conference and events venue for 300.
Grant said: “It’s a relief to get started on the redevelopment which is long overdue. I think this all adds to the fact that we are going places here at Derbyshire.
A cricket pavilion is the main building within which the players usually change in dressing rooms and which is the main location for watching a cricket match for members and others. Well, that’s one definition.
If you only watched cricket at Derby during the two decades up until 1982, you’d be forgiven for disagreeing with that statement.
After the main square was re-located in 1955 to its present location, it was always the stated intention of successive committees to build a new pavilion for players and officials.
Unfortunately, largely because of the lack of finance, players were destined to be housed in the Jockeys’ Quarters in The Paddock until 1982, in conditions quite unsuitable for professional sport and in stark contrast to the often lavish pavilions at other counties.
The 1970s was a decade of remarkable growth for the county game; three one-day competitions were well supported with sell-outs for both Lord’s finals and all the world’s great players flocked to the only place they could earn money from playing cricket between April and September.
The Cricket Derbyshire India Club is celebrating Diwali at The 3aaa County Ground on Friday 21 November; from 6pm.
Families can enjoy an evening of entertainment, which will include a delicious three-course meal provided by renowned local Indian restaurant, Slice of India.
The traditional Indian celebrations, which will take place in the beautiful 3aaa County Ground Marquee, will be complemented by Live Entertainment, Raffle and a spectacular Fireworks display.
There are only a limited number of places available for the family event, with children aged 10+ welcome. Tickets are priced at just £30 for Adults, £20 Juniors and £100 for a Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Juniors).
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s development of The 3aaa County Ground is officially underway.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant, alongside fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives of the key contractors, officially launched the development earlier today.
It is due for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season and will comprise two key projects.
Grant said: “After a robust planning process, we’re delighted that work on the first phase of our redevelopment is now underway.
“To fulfil our ambition for success on the field, we need first-class facilities for players, members, spectators and our business customers.
Lord's Taverners are hosting their annual East Midlands Christmas Lunch on Friday 12 December at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham.
The Christmas Lunch will be hosted once again by former Nottinghamshire and Surrey batsman Darren Bicknell who will be introducing some local sporting stars who will share their experiences with us.
Mark Arthur, formerly Chief Executive at Nottingham Forest and prior to that Chief Executive at Trent Bridge, will be the event's guest speaker. Mark is now Chief Executive at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and in that role faces many opportunities and issues. It will be interesting to hear his views on the challenges facing both cricket and football outside the Premier League.
It will be a great event, so please come and show your support for Lord's Taverners - UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance - and bring your friends and colleagues to help raise funds for the wonderful charity.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire will approach the new season armed with belief after an outstanding end to the 2014 campaign.
Speaking soon after the launch of the Club’s 2015 Membership campaign, Derbyshire’s Elite Performance Director is promising to reward those that join with a team to be proud of.
He said: “The Derbyshire brand of cricket in 2015 will be disciplined, organised, attritional and skilful.
“We’ve got a nucleus of home-grown local talent we can develop over the next two or three years which the Derbyshire public can identify with.
“Last year we changed the culture, changed the environment and changed the training methods.
“Players came and went and a lot of people took more-and-more responsibility as the year went on.
“They showed that they trusted the strategy and trusted the methods. It all came together in the end and it has laid the foundations for the future.”
Derbyshire’s 2015 Membership, which was launched earlier this week, includes entry to the three day tourist match versus Australia at the height of the Ashes summer.
The fixture versus Michael Clarke’s world number one side, starting at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 23rd July, is part of a 46-day summer of home cricket for Members to enjoy at less than £4 per day.
Australia boast an experienced and exciting line-up featuring the likes of paceman Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner.
Graeme Welch says the Club has been in contact with Cheteshwar Pujara regarding a potential return to The 3aaa County Ground in 2015.
India Test star Pujara featured in Derbyshire’s final three LV= County Championship fixtures in 2014, scoring 219 runs at an average of 54.75 with a top score of 100 not out.
The top-order batsman has already declared his ambition to return to the county next summer and Elite Performance Director, Welch, believes Derbyshire is the right place for him to be next summer.
He said: “We’ve spoken to him [Pujara] already and he seemed quite keen to come back. He integrated into the team brilliantly and I think he enjoyed the lads here.
“He wants to test himself in English conditions, so this is probably the best place for him.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Will Davis is pleased the hard work is coming to fruition after he was selected for the England Development Programme this winter.
The 18-year-old has been selected as part of an 18-man England Development Programme which will tour Australia and India this winter.
Davis, who was also named Academy Player of the Year at Derbyshire’s End of Season Awards Evening, is now looking forward to a productive winter away.
“I’m over the moon,” said Davis. “It’s great to get recognition for the hard work I have been doing over the past 12 months – especially after having such a difficult season last year with injuries.
“So it’s definitely been a good couple of weeks for me but I know I can’t stop working now.
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