Derby County Football Club Women

Important Club Milestones Achieved says Academy Director

With planning underway for a safe return to football for the 2020/21 season, Academy Director Dave Cholerton is delighted that the club have reached two important milestones that shows the hard work that continues to drive the club forward.

With the recent announcement of the retaining of last season’s squads, this week will see our squads begin to work in small groups as per FA guidelines under the guidance of existing and new coaches of which the club are delighted to confirm an impressive seven female coaches.

Speaking to DCFCW Media, Cholerton believes this is a significant milestone for the club and said “When I first joined as Academy Director, we were predominantly led by male coaches and as a Women’s club, we wanted to work towards a higher representation of female coaches at the club.

“We’ve worked hard to bring in female coaches and we are delighted that we are now up from zero to seven in the space of a few short years and we are also bringing them through our own pathway with a lot of the new coaches coming from our senior teams who are embracing the opportunity to get involved.

“For us, this is a very important step and its something that we want to continue to grow. All of our coaches are doing fantastic work and we have seen them working really hard during the current situation to find them online tasks to do to keep the players eye in as such.”

Another milestone set out by Cholerton upon his appointment at the club was to move the coaching base from parent coaches to independent coaches and this year the figure has hit an impressive 40% with the next aim set out as securing further independent coaches.

Cholerton said “We are delighted with our coaching set-up for next season and on-top of the 7 female coaches that we call colleagues, we have an outstanding set-up of committed coaches that continue to develop our squads and also develop themselves as coaches. 

Junior sides often have to rely on parent coaches and whilst that is brilliant to see that parents want to help their daughters and their teammates, it’s not often that you see outside coaches come into a side for the love of coaching and wanting to develop themselves too. 

“I think it shows that we are a club that want to develop coaches whether that is parents who have an interest in getting involved or outside coaches that want to learn their skills and offer their advice and guidance and it’s a great mix and ensure that the club continues its reputation to develop the game and not just the club.

“It’s been a really tough situation and fingers crossed we are starting to come out the other side of the situation we’ve been in and I for one cannot wait to get back to playing and developing our players as soon as possible. Later this week we’ll be confirming our coaching teams for the season and in the run-up to the new season we’ll be taking a look at our 2020/21 Academy Sides in greater detail.”