Cricket Derbyshire and Derby College have worked in partnership to create the Cricket Derbyshire Training Academy which offers training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.
This is a fantastic offer for people across the region who are interested in sport, cricket events, competency and coaching. 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.
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 Extended Diploma in Sport will require candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs graded A*-C (this must include English and Maths).
Derby College’s involvement with Cricket Derbyshire Training Academy enables high quality sports courses with a cricket focus to be delivered to learners. Highly qualified and respected cricket coaches will develop learners' cricketing skills and will provide:
Players will be judged in line with Cricket Derbyshire’s performance criteria when being considered for a place on the programme:
Learners 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 £120 and will include yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money should be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or expeditions.
Learners are expected to have their own bat, pads and helmet.
On successful completion of the course, learners may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.
Sports enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement.The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship.Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.
She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."