Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Tallent spoke to derbyshireccc.com about the Club’s off-season schedule and what the players have in store this winter.
The playing staff will be back in training next Monday as they begin a vigorous pre-season programme designed to get all back fit and strong for the start of the 2014 campaign.
This winter the entire squad will remain in Derby and work closely with the Derbyshire coaching staff - and Tallent believes this will help build a real good team ethos which will bode well for the new season.
“The players report back next Monday and they will be in five days a week,” he said. “We work through to Christmas with the cricket slowly coming in as we go into the New Year.
“The lads will be in the gym in the mornings and in the afternoon they will be doing a lot of fitness work. That will change depending on how much cricket the coaches want to put in.”
“The whole squad will be here this year so it will be really good.
“There will be a good training environment. There will be plenty of competitions between the groups which will help one another develop during the off-season.
“They will also work as an entire group during this process both indoors and outside no matter what the weather is like. Whether it’s cold, raining or snowing the lads will be out together as a group and it will help build a real good team ethos.”
Chesney Hughes recently underwent a shoulder operation and will be working closely with Tallent during the winter to ensure the 22-year-old is back to full strength for the start of the new season.
“Chesney will be with James Pipe [Club Physiotherapist] to start off,” Tallent added. “As he slowly goes through his stages of rehabilitation he will start to work towards me as we work on his strength and condition so he will be fully fit for next season.”
The 2013 was Tallent’s first season with the Club after he had previously worked with Watford FC and supported NFL side New York Jets. It has been a new challenge for the S&C coach, but he can’t fault the work ethic of a young Derbyshire side pushing for success.
“It’s been really different compared to previous jobs. With other sports you are working towards a set week when you, generally, always play on the weekend. Here it’s done a lot post-hoc and it’ll be more reactive strength and conditioning.
“But the lads are fantastic in terms of their commitment to the gym compared to other sports, which was a surprise for me.
“They see the importance in their gym work and their effort can’t be faulted - and this will certainly help them over the winter and for the new campaign.”
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