Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College have worked in partnership to create the Cricket Derbyshire Performance Academy which offers talented young cricketers the opportunity to develop their performance skills.
Young people taking part will have the best of both worlds: training in Derbyshire County Cricket Club's facilities and taking practical lessons with professional qualified ECB coaches and players at the County Ground, while studying for Sport qualifications at Derby College.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who participate in cricket at club level and from those who may have already had trials at a higher level but were unsuccessful. Candidates must show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
Entry to the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport will require candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs graded 9-4 (A*-C). This must include English and Maths.
Derby College’s involvement with Cricket Derbyshire Training Academy enables students to benefit from high quality sports courses with a cricket focus. Highly qualified and respected cricket coaches will develop students' cricketing skills and will provide:
Please see the Foundation Diploma Sport pages on our website for details of the curriculum offer.
Players will be judged in line with Cricket Derbyshire’s performance criteria when being considered for a place on the programme:
Students need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £100 and will include a College kit, the end-of-year celebration event and contributions towards trips and guest speakers. This money should be received before November. Once it is paid, students will receive free gym membership for the academic year. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
Students are expected to have their own bat, pads and helmet. An Academy kit must also be purchased which costs in the region of £50 and will be arranged through Cricket Derbyshire.
On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.
Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.