Derby College has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Derbyshire County Cricket Club as part of the club’s first ever partnership with a college of further education.
Derby College - which has campuses located in Derby, Ilkeston and at Broomfield Hall in Morley – will be working in partnership with the club to develop training opportunities for staff and partners, as well as creating the first ever Cricket Derbyshire Sports BTEC programme, launching in September 2014.
Working across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership, including Derbyshire Cricket Board and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, the BTEC programme will offer a range of sport specific training and qualifications for young people from the age of 16.
As part of the agreement, Derby College will also receive branding at The 3aaa County Ground, including prominent branding around the scoreboard.
Cricket Derbyshire director of partnerships, Ryan Duckett said: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College across the Cricket Derbyshire partnership. “
He continued: “This will not only benefit Cricket Derbyshire staff in terms of training but also aspiring young cricketers and coaches across the county.
“We already have strong existing educational partnerships with 3aaa and the University of Derby.
“By adding Derby College as our further education partners, we are extending our ability to offer young people across Derbyshire of all abilities further education opportunities.”
Derby College head of employer engagement, April Hayhurst, added: “The working partnership will support students into the sport and leisure industry and provide them with an insight into the sport that will help to prepare them for a wide range of careers both on and off the field.”
For more information about the Cricket Derbyshire Sport Academy, and to download the Sport Academy Booklet, you can visit derbyshireccc.com.