Derby County Football Club Women

Academy Director Laces Boots Up Again

Derby County Women’s Academy Director Dave Cholerton will return to his coaching roots on Monday Evening as he runs an Academy get together online, that is hoped will only be a short term arrangement, with a return to football a priority.

The Ewe Rams Academy Director started his career as a Coach back in 2008 having migrated from being an match official to working with the youth sides across the Academy and since 2014 has led the direction of a growing Academy at the club.

Cholerton said “I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with coaching, it’s been a while since I’ve ran a regular session but the Football and Fitness sessions we are going to be holding will hopefully be the prelude to getting back out there in person.

“I’ve helped out at individual sessions when needed since becoming Academy Director but my main role has been about developing the direction and ethos of how we’re playing and growing at all levels to provide players for Derby County Women and beyond.

“We’ve got an amazing bunch of coaches but I just felt that a change of face for a few sessions will help keep things fresh and ensure our coaches can recharge themselves after the amazing work they have put in during online sessions and be ready for when we can get back to playing and training.

“I think we sometimes forget the time that coaches put in for our players, as well as the fact that they are all volunteers. They have gone above and beyond and the players will benefit with their development. It makes me so proud to be associated with them, both as coaches but also as people too, giving their passion for the game to so many youngsters who in turn will reciprocate that both now and in the future as coaches or ambassadors to the game.

With Cholerton leading the sessions, which will run each Monday evenings across the next few weeks, the Academy Director is keen to get the ball back at the Academy players feet with conditioning having been the priority so far.

“We’ve tried to keep on top of fitness and well-being whilst we’ve been off and I know a few teams have run online sessions, we’ve had PT sessions before Xmas provided by Purpose Media as well as teams having socials.

“We are hoping to pre-empt a return to training and playing games outside and getting the ball at our feet again will be crucial if we are to get back out and finish the season.

“Not being in that team atmosphere, working with their coaches etc has not been ideal. Getting practice games in and working drills are vital and unfortunately it’s probably put all of them behind in their development though the work we have tried to implement will have negated that and it won’t have been any different for any other teams.

“This final run to the end of the season is vital now for both the players and coaches and we’re already planning for our Development Days during the summer which we hope will signal a return to normality and give players a chance to come back next season, as well as new players joining.”