Derbyshire County Cricket Club will face the international quality of New Zealand as part of their first ever pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.
The squad will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Friday 7th March and will spend nine days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium before returning on Sunday 16th March.
Following four consecutive visits to Barbados, Derbyshire were originally planning to spend their entire pre-season in the UK.
However, following the introduction of the new Elite Performance model, Elite Cricket Performance Director Graeme Welch and his team are keen to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running when the new season commences in April.
A recent review of cost management throughout the Club unlocked some additional funds to make the tour a possibility, but the support from supporters and local businesses has also helped bring the trip a little closer to reality.
Wayne Madsen says the backing of Members and supporters is vital if the Club is to achieve its ambition for sustainable on-field success.
Supporters have until this Friday, 31st January, to qualify for Early Bird Membership Prices with all categories including entry to every home match at less than £3.50 per day.
Further discounts are in place for students, senior citizens and those living more than 20 miles from the County Ground.
With the recent implementation of an Elite Cricket Performance structure – led by the appointment of Graeme Welch - Madsen says it’s an exciting time to join the Club.
He said: “We’re grateful for all the support we get from the local community, Members and supporters and we hope they can get behind us for what sets to be an exciting summer of cricket.
Purchase Junior Membership for the 2014 season and receive your Derbyshire County Cricket Club ‘County Cap’.
All Junior Members, aged 5 to 15 years, will receive a FREE Derbyshire cap and enjoy 49 days of cricket during an action-packed season for just £20, if purchased prior to Friday 31st January Early Bird deadline.
Support Wayne Madsen, who has committed himself to the Club until the end of the 2016 campaign, world number three Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who will be will be returning for a second season in 2014, and the team as Graeme Welch’s men push for success across all three domestic competitions this summer.
Junior Members can watch every minute of Derbyshire’s home LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast campaigns and gain entry to the eagerly-anticipated three-day tour match against India as part of their Membership package.
Chairman Chris Grant believes that – with the continued support of members and business partners – Derbyshire can become a sustainable First Division county.
After getting a taste of top-flight cricket last season, Grant wants the Club to build a platform to bring long-term success across all three competitions and make First Division cricket the norm.
He believes that installing a culture of elite performance will bring the best possible chance of achieving those goals; but admits the whole model is reliant on consistently good responses to the Club’s annual membership, ticketing and business-to-business campaigns.
“It certainly feels like there is a real feel-good factor around the Club,” he said. “I think we now need to convey that to people on the outside in terms of membership and business partners.
“We’re very reliant on them. We had a very good year last year commercially with ticket sales very much ahead. But it’s going to be a very exciting campaign this year, back in Division Two, striving for promotion straight from the off.
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As the new Elite Performance model at the County Ground continues to take shape, Derbyshire County Cricket Club has stepped up its ambition to secure a potential pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi.
It is, however, reliant on the financial backing from supporters and local business partners.
As new Elite Cricket Performance Director Graeme Welch plots for a successful season, he is hoping to take the squad to the United Arab Emirates in March where they would train and play competitive fixtures at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
As well as the matches themselves, Abu Dhabi would provide a warm-weather backdrop to the intense regime of Elite Performance Training that is already preparing Derbyshire for the 2014 campaign.
Watch wicketkeeper-batsman Richard Johnson as he chats to DerbyshireTV about the first few weeks under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure.
Elite Cricket 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.
Johnson – who previously worked with Welch during his time at Warwickshire – says the squad are already “buzzing” after just two weeks under the new structure.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed a two-year deal with sportswear brand Samurai to be the official kit supplier from the 2014 season.
The new partnership see’s Samurai Sportswear supply all Derbyshire playing and training kits, as well as Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby and Derbyshire Cricket Board age groups.
The designs for the three new kits will be released in the run up to the start of the new season, with replica kits and leisurewear products available to purchase from the Club Shop and online at derbyshireccc.com.
Commenting on the new partnership Mike Humble, Samurai Sales Director, said: “To be given the opportunity to expand our professional cricket portfolio with Derbyshire is fantastic and we are excited to welcome Derbyshire County Cricket Club to the Samurai family.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has received almost 50 applications for the vacant Elite Cricket Performance Coaches positions.
Since the appointment of Graeme Welch as the county’s first Elite Cricket Performance Director, the Club has been seeking highly-motivated and successful coaches to join the team.
Interest has been received from across the world from coaches wishing to be part of an exciting new era at Derbyshire under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure.
A robust and professional interview process is now underway and the new structure is due to be fully in place by the end of January.
Welch said: “We’re delighted with the number and quality of applications received for the coaching roles.
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