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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

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:

  • Technical and tactical coaching
  • Use of Derbyshire County Cricket Club's elite training facilities
  • Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management
  • Additional cricket-related coaching or officiating qualifications
  • Health and fitness programmes

Please see the Foundation Diploma Sport pages on our website for details of the curriculum offer.

How will I be assessed?

Players will be judged in line with Cricket Derbyshire’s performance criteria when being considered for a place on the programme:

  • Cricket performance level (past or present)
  • Current level of fitness
  • Motivation to reach sporting potential
  • Application for learning new skills
  • Consistent technical ability
  • A strong academic background

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

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.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.

By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College.

Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.

I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn?

There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.
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