Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s development of The 3aaa County Ground is officially underway.
Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant, alongside fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives of the key contractors, officially launched the development earlier today.
It is due for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season and will comprise two key projects.
Grant said: “After a robust planning process, we’re delighted that work on the first phase of our redevelopment is now underway.
“To fulfil our ambition for success on the field, we need first-class facilities for players, members, spectators and our business customers.
Graeme Welch says Derbyshire will approach the new season armed with belief after an outstanding end to the 2014 campaign.
Speaking soon after the launch of the Club’s 2015 Membership campaign, Derbyshire’s Elite Performance Director is promising to reward those that join with a team to be proud of.
He said: “The Derbyshire brand of cricket in 2015 will be disciplined, organised, attritional and skilful.
“We’ve got a nucleus of home-grown local talent we can develop over the next two or three years which the Derbyshire public can identify with.
“Last year we changed the culture, changed the environment and changed the training methods.
“Players came and went and a lot of people took more-and-more responsibility as the year went on.
“They showed that they trusted the strategy and trusted the methods. It all came together in the end and it has laid the foundations for the future.”
Derbyshire’s 2015 Membership, which was launched earlier this week, includes entry to the three day tourist match versus Australia at the height of the Ashes summer.
The fixture versus Michael Clarke’s world number one side, starting at The 3aaa County Ground on Thursday 23rd July, is part of a 46-day summer of home cricket for Members to enjoy at less than £4 per day.
Australia boast an experienced and exciting line-up featuring the likes of paceman Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson and hard-hitting opening batsman David Warner.
As part of Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s ambitious commercial strategy, the Club is seeking a highly-motivated and successful sales professional to grow the Club’s revenue from cricket and non-cricket activity.
The Club is embarking on an exciting £1million ground development project that will significantly enhance facilities available at The 3aaa County Ground - not only for cricket but as a unique 365 day a year conference and events venue at the heart the City of Derby. This is next phase in the Club’s quest for sustainable on-field success across all three domestic competitions, combined with the desire to produce England cricketers.
The successful candidate will play a huge part in driving this ambition in what is an exciting period in the Club’s history.
Reporting to the Club’s Commercial Director, the Sponsorship and Events Sales Executive will work as part of a team to secure new commercial partners through sponsorship and hospitality as part of the successful 1870 Business Club. They will also maximise the commercial capacity of the new conference and event facilities through existing and new relationships.
Graeme Welch says the Club has been in contact with Cheteshwar Pujara regarding a potential return to The 3aaa County Ground in 2015.
India Test star Pujara featured in Derbyshire’s final three LV= County Championship fixtures in 2014, scoring 219 runs at an average of 54.75 with a top score of 100 not out.
The top-order batsman has already declared his ambition to return to the county next summer and Elite Performance Director, Welch, believes Derbyshire is the right place for him to be next summer.
He said: “We’ve spoken to him [Pujara] already and he seemed quite keen to come back. He integrated into the team brilliantly and I think he enjoyed the lads here.
“He wants to test himself in English conditions, so this is probably the best place for him.
Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in partnership with the University of Derby – graduate Will Davis is pleased the hard work is coming to fruition after he was selected for the England Development Programme this winter.
The 18-year-old has been selected as part of an 18-man England Development Programme which will tour Australia and India this winter.
Davis, who was also named Academy Player of the Year at Derbyshire’s End of Season Awards Evening, is now looking forward to a productive winter away.
“I’m over the moon,” said Davis. “It’s great to get recognition for the hard work I have been doing over the past 12 months – especially after having such a difficult season last year with injuries.
“So it’s definitely been a good couple of weeks for me but I know I can’t stop working now.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is seeking a highly-motivated and successful Finance Manager to support the next exciting phase in the Club’s development - achieving success on the cricket field and also growing our unique 365-day-a-year conference and events venue at The 3aaa County Ground in the heart of the City of Derby.
The role is extremely broad and highly rewarding and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an ability to operate at all levels from hands-on financial management tasks to strategic planning with the Supervisory Board.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, and with two direct reports, you will be responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely reporting of financial results from annual budgeting and cashflow to credit control.
You also will be responsible for ensuring financial monthly management reports and controls are in place in order to keep senior management appraised of business performance and take a lead on driving efficiencies through the business to improve return on sales and profitability.
You will have overall responsibility for company payroll and book keeping and personally liaise with the ECB, the governing body of English Cricket to deliver timely and accurate reporting and player administration.
Harvey Hosein’s record-breaking first-class debut versus Surrey has been voted by supporters as Derbyshire’s 2014 #ChampagneMoment.
Wicketkeeper Hosein claimed 11 catches, on debut, against Surrey in September to break the Derbyshire record for the most dismissals in a match by a wicketkeeper, beating the record previously held by Harry Elliott and Derbyshire legend Bob Taylor.
The 18-year-old's haul also equalled the world record for dismissals by a wicketkeeper on first-class debut.
It was truly a debut to remember for Cricket Derbyshire Academy – in association with the University of Derby – graduate who the week previous signed his first professional contract at the Club, committing his future to Derbyshire until the end of 2016.
The performance gained national coverage and Derbyshire supporters have decided that Hosein deserves the award of Derbyshire 2014 ‘Champagne Moment’.
Wayne Madsen is targeting a repeat of Derbyshire’s fine recent form in 2015 - but this time right from the start of the season, after the Membership for the 2015 season was launched.
The 2015 summer of cricket is now on sale and the Derbyshire skipper is vowing to reward Members with a tough, relentless and aggressive brand of cricket.
The Derbyshire skipper believes his young team will take great belief from their form during the second half of the 2014 campaign and are aiming to start the new season with a bang.
Madsen said: “We’ll back each other and be fearless. We’ll keep coming at teams and we’ll be tough to play against.
“If you look at the games we won in 2014, we’ve had to hang tough, stay in the game and keep taking blows.
“There’s a belief from what we’ve done during the second half of 2014. That will bode well going into next season and I hope the members share our belief.
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