The 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.
In 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.
Derbyshire 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.
Captain 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.
David Griffin has stepped down from the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Supervisory Board after 15 years’ voluntary service on the Club’s governing body.
The former Honorary Secretary vacates his position as Administration Director having overseen recent successful transformations in Club governance and cricket management.
With those two projects complete, Griffin felt the time was right to continue his lifelong support solely from the boundary’s edge and away from the boardroom.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed 15 wonderful years as part of the Club’s management structure and have worked with some very talented and committed people. I wish everyone at the Club – on and off the field – every success, and look forward to continuing my support of the Club for many years to come.”
Graeme Welch has been appointed Elite Cricket Performance Director of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on a three-year-contract.
The 41-year-old has left his post as Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach at Warwickshire and has been installed at the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure.
He takes over a young and ambitious Derbyshire squad, under the captaincy of Wayne Madsen and augmented by the experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul as returning overseas player.
Welch arrives at the County Ground with a reputation as one of the top upcoming coaches in England after enjoying success with Essex and Warwickshire.
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The Derbyshire squad report back to training on Monday as they continue to prepare for the fast approaching 2014 season. All-rounder Wes Durston looks ahead to the new campaign in his latest blog for the Club.
As the New Year is upon us it's only natural to start thinking about the new season.
I get very excited this time of year as we continue to move closer to the start of the new season. When the fixtures were released in November I didn't really study them too much, but over the Christmas period I found myself looking at them more and more.
To think that we’ll be playing cricket in less than three months on April 1st at the County Ground is very exciting – providing, of course, that we get good weather!
Now the festive period is over I find myself putting my kit in my bag ready for Monday morning’s training, in anticipation of some hard work over the next few weeks.
New recruit Stephen Moore is looking forward to an exciting 2014 with Derbyshire.
The former Worcestershire, Lancashire and England Lions opening batsman signed a two-year deal with the county last month and is now set for his first week at the County Ground, as Wayne Madsen’s men report back to training on Monday.
After listening to the Club's long-term ambitions, Moore is excited about the future and hopes he can contribute both on and off the field to a successful 2014 campaign.
“I think it’s exciting times with the squad and I’m excited about the future,” Moore said.
“I had the chance to meet the squad before the Christmas break and listen to the Club's long-term ambitions. I also had a chance to chat to a few of the younger lads who I hadn’t really spoken much to before, so that was good.
“I’ve been training during the off-season keeping my fitness levels up and I’m now looking forward to joining up with the squad next week in Derby.
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