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Derbyshire receive ground development funding boost

The3aaaCountyGroundDerbyshire County Cricket Club’s ongoing review of its options prior to finalising ground development plans has been boosted by the potential availability of additional funding estimated to scale as much as £2million.

The Club has already secured grant funding of £1.7million following the introduction of the Supervisory Board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the Club’s business plan in June.

There is now potential for additional funding, derived from projected commercial income through ICC global events, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years, perhaps to the region of £4million.

Subject to agreement on a number of issues with Derby City Council, who are the Club’s landlords and planning authority, the Supervisory Board announced its intention at the Club’s AGM to recommence ground development planning at The 3aaa County Ground.

The vision remains for a 7,000 capacity outdoor amphitheatre capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and community events.

The development would also include a new media centre, an extended conference, events and business centre and upgraded facilities for members, spectators and players with a view to being eligible to bid for an ICC World Cup game in 2019.

Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We need to support our ambitions for success with first-class facilities for players, members, spectators and our business customers.

“It’s all about improving the customer experience so they will choose to come back to The 3aaa County Ground time and time again.

“Having visibility on the ECB’s likely capital expenditure budgets for the next five years enables us to make the right decisions on ground development for the long-term.”

Chairman Chris Grant added: “We’ve deliberately taken our time to assess options - both at the 3aaa County Ground and other potential locations in the county – and this extra cash boost will help further as we finalise our plans.”

AGM information

The appointment of Geoff Miller OBE as Club President was ratified following the recent announcement that the former England National Selector had been nominated for the position by the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board, meanwhile, has bestowed a Vice-Presidency upon David Griffin in recognition of 15 years voluntary service on the Club’s governing body. His sterling contribution was formerly acknowledged at the AGM.

His successor as Administration Director for the Supervisory Board was named as Jason Fage; an Executive Member of the Club since 1993 with over 20 years of administration, organisation and governance experience within the pharmaceutical industry.

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