Derby County Ladies Football Club

Development Day Registration Now Open

Derby County Ladies Academy Director Dave Cholerton believes the changes that have been made to the 2019 Development Days, of which registration opened today, are once again improving the process.

On the back of two Schools Festival events held at the Derby Powerleague on Pride Park, Cholerton believes that the standard he has seen at the festivals are showing why the club are considering extending their number of teams to add in an Under 8’s side.

Cholerton said “This year we have agreed to officially bring in an Under 9’s team, whereas last year we took a few Under 9’s on and brought them together for a few matches.

“Extending this to Under 8’s was not in our original plans but we will go back to discuss this on the back of a hugely successful Schools Festival which showcased football for schoolgirls in Year 3 and Year 4’s earlier this month.

“The standard of football on show was outstanding and really got thoughts going in my head to extend our teams further and we seriously need to be going away and discussing if we should do this as it seems that more and more girls are starting to play football earlier than in previous years.

“The Festival was our best yet and throwing the Year 5 and Year 6 girls into the mix, we are sure that the standard will have improved year on year. There’s so much interest these days that we know that we can’t house all the players that come to us but we are hoping to link up with other local sides so that these girls have the best competition available.”

The Academy Director has long sought to improve the process of the Development Days to ensure that players are welcomed into the club and he feels that the changes can help the Academy to grow further, as well as placing them into leagues where they get the opportunity to develop.

“Other changes to the Development Day process has seen the 1st session being for all new players that would like to come along. The club spoke with players, parents and coaches to help improve the process of any new players that may come into squads and giving our coaches time with any prospective new players.

“Our current players will no longer have to register but they will still need to come to our two remaining Development Days and earn themselves a place on the teams.

“We’ve tried numerous ways to improve as a club and develop these players in the hope that one day they will reach our senior teams and so getting the right competition is crucial. We’ve gone back to a formula of a team at each age level this season as we think that will help develop the players.

“I’m excited for the new season already and we still have plenty of time left of this season, in what has been another fantastic year so far, where we will pick up silverware but more importantly develop these girls as players and people.”

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