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Elite Performance Report 5 | Welch: We’ll reward your support

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch says supporters getting behind the Club is “massive” for the Derbyshire players as they prepare for the new season with an intense programme of Elite Performance Training.

The new Elite Performance Director says Members and supporters voting with their feet during the Club’s current Membership campaign will provide just the inspiration needed during their tough schedule.

“It’s massive that people get behind us and what we’re trying to achieve,” he said. 

“I’ll be sharing the Membership and ticket numbers with the squad as we go through pre-season.

“It will show them just how much support is out there – and that the people that matter are rooting for them - as they work harder than ever to prepare for the new season.

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Elite Performance Report 4 | The place is buzzing

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says the squad is “buzzing” after completing their first week of 7am Elite Cricket Performance training.  

Graeme Welch was quick to lay down an early marker of professionalism and hard work last week.

And the players are now settling into its new routine which consists of high intensity specialist batting, bowling, fielding and strength and conditioning sessions in preparation for the new season.

Madsen says it’s been a tough but enjoyable week, but he insists this is just the start.

“The lads reacted magnificently last week,” the Derbyshire Captain said. “It was tough, but everyone worked hard and I’m sure we’ll reap the benefits.

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Elite Performance Report 3 | We’re already seeing a difference

TimGroenewaldPaceman Tim Groenewald says he’s already seen a big difference in the players’ attitudes under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch was quick to lay down an early marker of professionalism and hard work, introducing 7am starts as part a packed training schedule.

Groenewald says he’s already noticed a change in the approach to training under the new model and insists this will hold them in good stead come April.

“I think the guys were a bit apprehensive at first, but they all bought into the idea quite quickly and got cracking,” Groenewald said.

Read more: Elite Performance Report 3 | We’re already seeing a difference

Elite Performance Report 2 | My hardest ever week

MarkFootittFast bowler Mark Footitt says the first week under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure has been one of his hardest ever. 

Graeme Welch was recently installed as the Club’s first Elite Cricket Performance Director – and he has begun by introducing 7am training sessions.

Leading women’s ECB fielding coach Cookie Patel has held early morning fielding practices to start off jam-packed days of pre-season training.

Footitt - who signed a new two-year deal at the end of the 2013 season despite interest from other counties - says it’s been a tough but productive week; a sign for things to come under the new regime.

“I think Friday will be the hardest day we’ve ever have coming at the end of such a gruelling week,” Footitt said. “But we can’t complain, it’s been a good week and it will hold us all in good stead come April.

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WATCH | Elite Performance Training: Fielding

ElitePerformanceTrainingWatch the Derbyshire squad as they take part in Elite Performance fielding and fitness training at the County Ground early this morning.

Players and coaching staff have been in at 7am all this week participating training sessions focussed largely on fitness as well as coaching from ECB’s Lead Fielding Coach for Women’s Cricket, Cookie Patel.

This morning, the squad were put through their paces by Elite Cricket Performance Director Graeme Welch as they completed running, fielding and catching drills as Derbyshire gear-up preparations for the forthcoming 2014 campaign. 

Read more: WATCH | Elite Performance Training: Fielding

Elite Performance Report 1 | Welch: We're installing a new culture

GraemeWelchThe Elite Cricket Performance structure at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, ushered in by Graeme Welch, is up and running. Here is Part 1 of our special report regarding what elite performance means and how it will raise the bar in terms of preparation and ultimately performances.

Graeme Welch has vowed to bring a new culture to Derbyshire – and he has begun by introducing 7am training sessions.

The Club’s recently appointed first Elite Cricket Performance Director is laying down an early marker of professionalism, hard work and intensity to the squad having started work at the County Ground less than a fortnight ago.

The early morning stints have focussed largely on fitness as well as sessions with ECB’s Lead Fielding Coach for Women’s Cricket, Cookie Patel.

Welch said: “I want to create a hard working culture in an enjoyable environment; and I want the lads to really regard their values.

“We’ve started to change the culture a little bit, getting them in at 7am to show how hard they have to work and this is how we mean to go on. We’re buying into the Elite Performance ethos.

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Tony Palladino: Good to be working with Welch again

TonyPalladino&GraemeWelchIn his latest column for The Cricketer Magazine, pace bowler Tony Palladino speaks of his delight at the appointment of Graeme Welch as Derbyshire's new Elite Cricket Performance Director. 

I couldn’t be happier to have Graeme Welch as our new Elite Cricket Performance Director. 

I’ve worked with my new boss, who moves across from Warwickshire, previously when he was the bowling coach at Essex and can say without a shadow of a doubt he’s not only the best coach I’ve worked with but also is one of the most respected men on the county circuit. 

The buzz around the room when he was unveiled to the players was amazing and all the lads are really excited to be working with him again. There were some very good candidates for the job but I definitely believe we’ve got the best man.

The tweets sent out by several of the Warwickshire players shows just how much of an impact he had while working for the Bears and I can’t wait to start picking his brain again. 

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Derbyshire pay its respects to Gerald Mortimer

ChrisGrantDerbyshire County Cricket Club was well-represented at the funeral of former Derby Telegraph Sports Editor Gerald Mortimer, held at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday morning. 

Gerald - who died on 30th December, aged 77 - covered Derbyshire cricket for the local paper for other three decades, between 1970 and 2002.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant was accompanied by Regional Representatives Alan Flintoff and Edward Wilkinson, as well as a number of Vice Presidents including John Cater and John Brown at this morning’s ceremony.

A number of former players were also in attendance including Bob Taylor, Geoff Miller, Colin Tunnicliffe, Alan Hill and Harold Rhodes.

More than 100 mourners crammed into the chapel to hear tributes from Clive Bate, a lifelong friend of Gerald, and by Steve Hall, the Managing Director of the Derby Telegraph.

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Wayne Madsen: Training’s started with a bang

WayneMadsenCaptain Wayne Madsen says it’s an exciting time for the Club as the players begin their first week under new Elite Cricket Performance Director Graeme Welch.

Welch was installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure last week and returns to the Club where he was capped as a player in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.

Madsen has been delighted with the impact Welch has already made on the squad as preparations for the 2014 campaign begin to intensify.

“He [Graeme Welch] is a fantastic coach and well driven,” Madsen said. “I believe we’ve found the best candidate for the position and it’s certainly an exciting time for the squad and everyone connected to the Club.

 “It’s a great opportunity for Graeme to oversee and take the Club forward, but his coaching abilities and knowledge will also be vital as he’s an exceptional coach.

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