World superbike ace Alex Lowes and current leader of the British Superbike Championship Leon Haslam have officially opened Derby College's refurbished Fitness Centre at the Johnson Building in Pride Park.
The sportsmen are regularly put through their paces by personal trainer Kirk Gibbons who is based at the gym – using a wide range of the cardio and strength equipment that has been upgraded as part of the £70,000 refurbishment.
The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, based at our Broomfield Hall campus in Morley has won the Association of Colleges (AoC) National indoor cricket championships held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The team played four group games and topped the group having won three and lost just one. In the semi finals Derby beat Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College who represented the West Midlands and then faced New College Pontefract who represented Yorkshire and Humberside.
Members of the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy based at Derby College's Broomfield campus have reach the national finals of a colleges' indoor cricket competition. The team recently won the East Midlands AoC Sport (Association of College's) regional competition which was hosted by Derby College.
Personal trainer Jess Guest is the latest young person to land her ideal job thanks to a sports and leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council. Jess, who is 18 and from Morton, now works full-time at Arc Leisure in Matlock after studying via Derby College while gaining valuable on-site work experience.
England National Coach Graham Walker will be making a return visit to the Performance Golf Academy Derby education and player training programme in April.
Graham, the England Golf National Coach has been acknowledged as being a driving force in the development of US MASTERS champion Danny Willett, in particular his short game.
Graham will follow up the visit he made in February, where he focused on and around the green, to work with the students on the wedge play and pitching in the morning sessions. The afternoon session will revisit short game and focus heavily on scoring skills.
Graham has a unique ability to connect with and inspire every level of golfer, which has brought him to the highest level of his Profession. In 2015 Graham was named England Golf Coach of the Year.
His ability to demonstrate what he teaches is unique, and even those who go on with their careers at the highest level never forget their time spent developing their talent with Graham.
Graham started his professional career in Derbyshire back in 1975 when he became Assistant Professional to Douglas Poole at The Chesterfield Golf Club. Since then he has worked at Lees Hall Golf, Hillsborough Golf Club and now runs the successful Walker's Golf Academy at The Oaks Golf Club outside York. Graham and his many pupils have enjoyed huge success at The Oaks and in some ways he has come full circle, helping members to enjoy their golf at a better level but still doing what he enjoys the most, developing Players of the Future.
Graham is a renowned putting, short game and wedge play specialist who makes developing the golf swing 'Feel-Real'.
Graham commented: "I am looking forward to revisiting and working with the students on the Performance Golf Academy at Derby and helping them to develop their talent and skills. I will be putting the students through their paces during my visits and pushing them to look at different approaches and methods to help them progress. It will be a tough and challenging day for the students but I am sure they will all enjoy it and take a lot from our sessions"
Performance Golf Academy Derby programme director Nigel Furniss commented; "We are most grateful to Graham for finding time to spend with us. Sharing his knowledge and experiences will be valuable for the students and will help them with their skill development moving forwards. We are all really excited to have Graham visit the Academy, both students and coaches alike."
For more details on the Performance Golf Academy go to our Sport Curriculum page.
The Cricket Derbyshire Sports Academy gives Derby College learners the opportunity to further their employability skills in the sports industry through specialist training and work experience.
Derby College Sports students recently had the chance to learn coaching and football skills from football legend Roy Keane during a visit to St George's Park – the FA's national football training centre in Staffordshire. The visit was organised by Burton-on-Trent based pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group as part of their partnership with the League Managers' Association (LMA).
Clinigen invited the Sports Coaching and Development Diploma students, based at Derby College's Broomfield Hall site in Morley, to tour St George's Park.
The students were then treated to a special football skills training session with former Manchester United legend Roy Keane. As a manager, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and is currently Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team who recently qualified for Euro 2016.
Derby College Lecturer Kevin Bunting explained: "The day was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to learn from one of football's greatest players and coaches.
"Our students have their sights set on a wide range of careers in sports and this experience was invaluable for them to gain an insight into how top sports people are coached at an elite level."
Peter George, CEO of Clinigen Group and lifelong Manchester United fan said: "We are very proud to be able to help provide such talented young sportspeople with the opportunity to meet and to train with a footballing legend like Roy Keane.
"Clinigen has been a partner of the League Managers' Association since 2014 and it has been fantastic to be a part of the great work that they do to develop and inspire local students and clubs."
Matt Tribe (17) from Belper was amongst the group. He said: "I am hoping to work in personal training or sports physiotherapy so it was incredible to see how someone like Roy Keane handles a coaching session. "We were certainly put through our paces and the clear message that came out was that you need to be confident and give precise instructions and demonstrations during any coaching session. "It was great to see the theory put into practice by such an iconic player, coach and manager."
Callum Edworthy (16) from Littleover, son of former Derby County player Marc Edworthy, added: "Roy Keane knows so much about the game that it was brilliant to see him in action."He was really relaxed and very witty which made the whole coaching session very enjoyable."
A full time Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development course starts at Derby College in February 2016 plus if you would like more informationon any of our Sport courses you could go to the Broomfield Information Evening.
A Derby College student has been selected for the England Colleges' netball squad to compete at an elite level of the sport.
Cherese Naylor (17) from Codnor is studying Sports Coaching and Development at the College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley.
She plays Centre and Wing Attack for the Loughborough Lightning team in the national performance league and, as part of the English Colleges' team will play against other national sides and in the national super league.
Cherese, a former pupil of the Ripley Academy, has played netball since she was eight-years-old. She combines her College course with daily strength, conditioning and fitness training as well as netball coaching and playing matches.
Cherese said: "I went for trials for the squad and was delighted to be accepted.
"This is an opportunity to play netball against some of the other top teams in the UK. My ultimate goal is to play netball for England on an international stage so I hope that this will get me further towards that ambition.
"The only downside is that we have to fund ourselves to be part of the squad and attend training and matches throughout the UK. I am therefore working hard to raise sponsorship to enable me to take all the opportunities open to me."
Derby College Sports Lecturer Kevin Bunting said: "Cherese fully deserves this chance to play at a top level in this sport.
"She has a great attitude to her academic studies showing that education and elite sport work well alongside each other
"As a College, we fully support our students who compete in sport at an elite level and ensure that their match and training commitments successfully combine with their College courses so that they gain qualifications that will be invaluable to them in their future careers."
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A Derby College student will represent Great Britain in an international fencing competition in Switzerland in January 2016.
Owen Jordan lives in Watnall near Kimberley and is studying to be a personal trainer at Derby College’s Johnson Building campus in Pride Park.
International cricketer Niall O'Brien has visited Derby College’s Broomfield Hall Campus to run a special coaching session for members of the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy at the College
Niall plays for Ireland and Leicestershire and recently returned from playing in cricket’s Inter Continental Cup in Zimbabwe.