Captain Wayne Madsen has thanked supporters, Members and local businesses for their generosity after the players raised over £6,500 at the Players’ Pre-Season Fundraising Lunch.
The players were so committed to finding funds for their trip to Abu Dhabi that they arranged their own fundraising event which took part in the County Ground Marquee yesterday.
The first-team squad were joined by over 200 guests who were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, with compliments of Seven Restaurant and Café Bar, a three-course meal and amusing anecdote from guest speaker and Derbyshire legend Geoff Miller OBE.
Thanks to kind donations and the generosity of those in attendance, the players raised upwards of £6,500 for their pre-season tour which will now allow Graeme Welch’s men to prepare for the new season alongside New Zealand in the elite sporting environment of the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Derbyshire have confirmed that Geoff Miller OBE is to be voted as the Club’s President after their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th March.
The Supervisory Board unanimously supported the nomination of the former Derbyshire Captain and England & Wales Cricket Board National Selector for the position.
Miller (pictured above on the left), who was born in Chesterfield, played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.
The all-rounder took 888 wickets and scored 12,027 runs, including two centuries, in 283 career first-class matches.
Chairman Chris Grant says Derbyshire’s overriding off-field aim is to continually increase revenue in order to support investment on the field.
The Club recorded a profit of £3,395 for the financial year ending 31st December 2013 ;the Club’s third successive year of surplus.
“It’s been a tremendous effort off-the-field,” Grant said.
“We have achieved increases in ticket sales and Membership and support for the 1870 Business Club also continued to grow in 2013.
“Although we only had a surplus of £3,395, we were able to invest over £200,000 more than the previous year on the field and that was a superb effort.
Graeme Welch is hoping Derbyshire can create a winning habit starting with the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.
Derbyshire will compete in three fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire and face international outfit New Zealand during their nine-day tour of Abu Dhabi, commencing Friday 7th March.
Elite Performance Director Welch hopes his side can make a winning start to 2014 after an extensive winter training regime.
“Winning becomes a habit so it would be ideal if we can start that in Abu Dhabi,” he said.
“The tour will also be a good chance for me and the new coaching team to have a look at the players in game situations.
“We will be able to learn more about how different individuals react and come the end of the tour, we will be in a better position to pick our first team for Leicestershire on 6th April.
Unprecedented numbers took part in this year's charity event hosted by Derbyshire County Cricket Club helping Derbyshire YMCA raise record amounts for their Safe Front Door campaign.
It was the second year that the Club has thrown open the gates of the County Ground in aid of the charity’s annual sponsored sleep-out on Friday 28th February.
The charity originally set a target of target of £19,000, but thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, they have raised over £24,000.
Derbyshire Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “We as a County Cricket Club located in the centre of Derby feel we have a sense of responsibility for the role we play within the community.
Derbyshire have appointed experienced former fast bowler AJ Harris as the new head of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby.
The highly respected 40-year-old, who has previously served the Club as Second XI Coach and Bowling Coach, will now lead the quest to develop Derbyshire’s next home-grown England cricketer.
Harris enjoyed a 17-year professional playing career with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, taking 451 first-class wickets and a further 225 dismissals in the limited-overs forms of the game.
He will be assisted by former Second XI Coach Stephen Stubbings who brings a further 13 years and 139 first-class matches of experience as a top-order batsman.
Both Harris and Stubbings are already pursuing their ECB Level 4 coaching qualification - the highest accolade in English cricket coaching.
The latest profit signifies the Club’s progress towards long-term sustainability and continues the significant turnaround since Chris Grant’s (pictured) election as Chairman in 2011 on the back of a £187,037 loss.
The Club has achieved major rises in Membership, Ticket Sales and other commercial income in 2013 which allowed increased investment in the playing and coaching budget to become a possibility.
Ticketing and Membership income soared by 87.6% as strong marketing initiatives in the first year of the Proud to be Derbyshire brand ensured that the opportunities provided by promotion as Champions to Division One, the signing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the excellent summer weather and a winning start to the Friends Life t20 campaign were maximised.
Ant Botha says Derbyshire has a great opportunity to create something special under the new Elite Performance structure.
Botha arrived in England on Wednesday to begin his new position as Elite Performance Coach working with the Club’s extensive spin bowling group as well as assisting with coaching batsmen.
The 37-year-old spent four seasons alongside Graeme Welch at the County Ground as a player from 2004 to 2007, scoring 2,093 runs at an average of 28.28 and taking 139 wickets at 36.20.
The duo also worked together at Warwickshire from 2010 to 2011 and Botha is excited to team-up with his former team-mate again.
“I’m happy to be back at Derbyshire,” he said. “I arrived on Wednesday from Australia, it was obviously a long flight but I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“For the last year I have been coaching grade cricket in Adelaide which was a great stepping stone for me. I learnt a lot managing 40 people and I think it has given me a great base to build upon in my new role with Derbyshire.
The Club has received an overwhelming response to the players’ fundraising efforts for the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.
The players are so committed to finding funds for their trip to the United Arab Emirates that they have arranged their own fundraising event - Players' Luncheon on Wednesday 5th March – and a special auction ran across the Club’s Twitter account.
The Twitter auction, which began on Wednesday 19th February, will put up 15 unique pieces of Derbyshire memorabilia - including a 2012 LV= County Championship Division Two Winner's Medal – for supporters to place their bids.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the Club has already raised just under £1,000, with seven items still to be sold – including the 2012 Winner’s Medal.
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