New Elite Performance Coach John Sadler says he's excited by the challenge at Derbyshire and impressed by the talent at the county.
The 32-year-old joined the Club's backroom team at the start of February after forging a reputation as one of the most promising young ECB Level 4 Coaches in the country. He will work closely with the Club's batsmen as well as leading the Second XI.
"It's an exciting time for me and the Club," Sadler said. "I am quite a young coach, fresh out of the game and the fact that I played here makes it a little bit more special.
"Over the last month I've been able to observe the lads and it's clear they are all working hard, especially for this time of the year.
Derbyshire are continuing to introduce new innovative training tools as they aim to raise the bar in preparation for the 2014 season.
The squad has embraced new Eye Tracking technology which monitors each player’s line of vision whilst batting, bowling, wicketkeeping or fielding.
Welch hopes the implementation of such training techniques will provide competitive advantage come the start of the new campaign in April.
“We are always trying to find ways in which we can gain little advantages as we prepare for the new season,” Welch said.
“Eye Tracking will allow us to pinpoint exactly what each player is looking at and we, as a coaching team, can use this data to enhance performances out in the middle.
Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen is getting behind a project to help children in Derby learn how to live a first-class healthy lifestyle and reduce their risk of heart disease.
The Heart of Cricket project, funded by a Healthy Heart grant from national charity Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® stores, will be delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, and is being championed by batsman Madsen.
The project, which starts in March, will reach 20 primary schools, over four weeks, in the most deprived areas of Derby, and will use cricketers as role models to demonstrate how a healthy heart is the result of important lifestyle choices. The sessions will also discuss how professional cricketers train and eat before matches.
Derbyshire will face international outfit New Zealand on Wednesday 12th March as part of their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.
The itinerary for the trip to the United Arab Emirates has now been confirmed, with the squad flying out on Friday 7th March spending nine days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium before returning on Sunday 16th March.
Derbyshire will compete in three fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire, beginning with a 50-over fixture on Sunday 9th March and concluding with a two-day match starting on Thursday 13th March.
The fixtures against Worcestershire will bookend a Twenty20 fixture with the Kiwis, who have chosen Abu Dhabi as their base ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Fourth-year Academy member Will Davis says the new elite structure will give young cricketers the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Derbyshire recently announced a new coaching team in which Elite Performance Coaches Stephen Stubbings and AJ Harris [pictured above] will both have a special focus on Academy development.
Davis says training under the new structure is going well as the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby member attempts to bounce back from an injury-hit 2013.
“Training has been going really well. It’s probably the best winter I have had," Davis said.
“I’ve been working hard in the gym and the skilled-based training with Stubbo and AJ has been going well. So hopefully it can help me to have a good season.
Over the next 15 days, the Club will auction unique pieces of Derbyshire memorabilia - including a 2012 LV= County Championship Division Two winner's medal – for supporters to place their bids.
Each day we will be offering a different piece of Derbyshire history for supporters to get their hands on – including signed shirts, signed bats and match-worn memorabilia.
To bid on an item, simply follow Derbyshire on Twitter (@DerbyshireCCC) and send us a tweet with your bid for that day’s item.
The highest bidder at 9.00pm every day will win. The Club will then send a direct message to the lucky winner with further information.
Derbyshire Members can receive access to an exclusive priority ticket window for Investec Test match tickets at The Ageas Bowl.
We're offering our Members a chance to purchase tickets BEFORE they go on sale to the general public for England’s Test match with India on Sunday 27th July at the Ageas Bowl.
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Graeme Welch chats to derbyshireccc.com about the last seven days at the County Ground as John Sadler begins his first week as Batting Coach and the squad prepare for their first yoga session on Friday.
Graeme Welch says he has been pleased with the squad’s work ethic as preparations for the new campaign intensify.
This week has seen the introduction of competitive batting and bowling sessions inside the cricket hall at the County Ground as the squad practice match situations in preparation for the new season.
Elite Performance Coach John Sadler has also spent his first seven days with the squad, observing and adding his input during training sessions.
“John Sadler has come in this week. He knows a few of the lads but not in a coaching capacity so he is just observing and trying to get to know them,” Welch said.
Pace bowler Mark Footitt is hoping to build on his successful 2013 campaign and become a mainstay in all forms this summer.
The left-arm fast-bowler enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013 taking 42 first-class wickets and a further 15 dismissals in the limited-overs forms of the game.
His 6 for 53 against champions Durham and 5 for 28 against Scotland were career-best performances in First Class and List A cricket respectively.
Footitt is now hoping a good winter programme will give him the confidence to kick on this summer as Derbyshire push for honours across all three domestic competitions.
“I’m looking forward to the new season and I want to build on what I did last year,” he said.
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