Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Bridge Gap Through Player Pathway

Derby County Ladies Academy go into the new season with a closer three-team synergy with the introduction of a new Under 18 team that is hoped will see more youngsters move into the First team squad in the coming years.

Working closely with Derby County’s Regional Talent Centre(RTC), the  Under 18’s will be led by Dan Dobryzcki, who has also been appointed as Lead Development Coach at the Ewe Rams, working with Academy Director Dave Cholerton.

Speaking to DCLFC Media Cholerton spoke of the desire to see more players move into the senior teams and praised the synergy being created and said “It’s an exciting time for the Academy and we are delighted that Dan has agreed to be our Lead Development Coach at the Academy. 

“Over the past few years, we have created a strong Academy pathway and we have worked closely with First Team Manager Sam Griffiths to develop the pathway within the Academy to ensure that players start to come through our system and making the step-up into the senior teams.

“The logical next step was creating another team to bridge the gap between the Academy and the Seniors and the Under 18’s team playing in competitive open age football will ensure that we give them the best chance to develop.

“Both Dan and Franco have stepped up from the Under 16’s and will have the knowledge of those coming through and both are so passionate about the club and developing players. Our improved relationship with the RTC will also see us working as one to identify players from both teams that can gain quality coaching and knowledge from all sides to develop players to make that step-up.

Since joining the Ewe Rams as a coach, Dobryzcki has earned himself a reputation as a rising star in the coaching ranks and he is pleased to have been appointed as Lead Development Coach and sees a bright future for the Ewe Rams.

Dobrzycki said “I’m delighted to take more of a lead role at Derby County Ladies, coaching is a big passion of mine and I’ve worked hard to improve myself as a coach and to develop young players to move them into the First-Team is something I’m relishing and I can’t wait to take the challenge head on. 

“I’ve moved up with this side over the last few seasons and there is a lot of talent coming through the system and Franco and myself’s job now is to ready them for our senior teams and working closely with Community Team Manager Chris Sanders and Development Team Manager Tommy Booth to ultimately provide players for them and move them through the ranks to the first-team. 

“My role is not unlimited to the Under 18’s as over the next few years we’re going to have our Under 16’s,15’s and 14’s coming up and so working with our coaches and Academy Director Dave Cholerton to identify players and work to develop our philosophy is an exciting challenge.

“I’m excited to see the relationship with the RTC going from strength to strength as well and its important that we have that synergy from seniors through to our academy and into the RTC and grow the opportunities for youngsters in Derbyshire which can only enhance women’s football, hopefully for Derby County Ladies.

“When you work with a passionate football coach like Franco (Buonaguro) and can take his experience and style and instil it into our players, it’s a great place to be involved in and both of us can’t wait to get started and see how we evolve to a new challenge.”

Our Academy start their season this weekend, read Academy Director Dave Cholerton’s thoughts and see our Academy fixtures by clicking here –