Derbyshire County Cricket Club

First Finals Day

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has made history by reaching its first-ever Twenty20 Finals Day.

The Falcons will take to the field in the showpiece Vitality Blast finale on Saturday 21 September at Edgbaston, Birmingham and in front of millions watching around the world.

The sold-out Finals Day will see Derbyshire face Essex, while near-neighbours Notts take on Worcestershire, with the two winners then going head-to-head under the lights in the evening’s final.

A feat 17 years in the making, Derbyshire battled against the odds to reach the final four, coming through a tough North Group in third place to set up a quarter-final tie away at Gloucestershire.

In front of the Sky Sports cameras and a partisan crowd in Bristol, Derbyshire put in a near-perfect performance with bat and ball to run out seven-wicket winners with almost three overs remaining.

Galvanised under Twenty20 Head Coach, Dominic Cork and captained by in-form Billy Godleman, Derbyshire’s quarter-final victory marked a fourth-consecutive win to head into Saturday’s semi-final full of confidence.

Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club commented "Our 2019 Twenty20 campaign has so far gone extremely well, but we’re not done yet. With more bumper crowds at The Pattonair County Ground this year (over 18,000 people watched Derbyshire in the city this summer), including our sell-out against East Midlands rivals Notts Outlaws.

"There’s a real buzz around the club in anticipation for this weekend, which in itself will generate great exposure for the club, the city and the county, and it’s fantastic for all those connected to the club that we’ve progressed to Finals Day, and we hope that fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders will all be cheering on the Falcons’


Bondholder partnership boost

Bondholder Roundhouse Events has launched a new initiative to network with other events companies in the area to boost communication and referrals.

Meeting with a series of events companies once a month, with the aim of ensuring that event bookings are retained in Derby, the group has been co-created by Helen Vann, Sales Manager at Bondholder Pentahotel and Amy Wicks, Conference and Events Manager at Roundhouse Events.

Amy said "The aim of the group is to ensure Derby venues work together in collaboration to service the needs of companies and individuals looking to hire quality event space.

“There are many fantastic venues in Derby and we want to ensure that we service the needs of businesses and the community by offering suitable, quality space to host their event."

Helen added "It's a great way to get to know the people behind other Derby venues and hotels. It will enable all of us to work together, share best practise and, as a result, will enhance the offering across Derby as a city".

The group is made up of representatives from Bondholders Derby Conference Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby City Council, QUAD, Deda, Jurys Inn, Derby County Football Club, Derby Museums and the University of Derby, along with Visit Derby, Hallmark Hotel, Riverside Centre and the Cathedral Quarter Hotel.

To register your interest in becoming part of the group, please contact


Catch me if you can

Bondholder Air IT has strengthened its partnership with fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club to launch an under 16s catching competition.

Taking place across selected Vitality Blast home games in July and August, the competition aims to encourage local children to get involved with sport whilst fundraising for the important work of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity.

Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air IT, said: “As a long-standing sponsor of Derbyshire, we’re delighted to extend our association with the club. Nothing like this has ever been done before so we’re looking forward to shaking things up and seeing our Tech Tom and iTina mascots come to life for another action-packed season of cricket whilst raising vital funds for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.”

To compete in the catching competition, youngsters will need to grab one of ten golden tickets from an Air IT mascot during the first half of any Twenty20 home game between 26th July and 15th August. Contestants will then be tested on their catching skills during the match interval with one lucky winner set to receive a Derbyshire County Championship shirt.

Each winner and their family will be invited back to the Falcons vs Steelbacks game on Friday 23rd August – with a chance to compete again and win further prizes including an iPad, a coaching session with a 1st team player and overall glory as the U16’s catching competition champion.

Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: “We’re really excited about the prospect of the catching competition that will run at the Pattonair County Ground this summer. It’s great working closely with two of our key partners on this initiative, Air IT and Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity."

The Vitality Blast season is due to commence on Thursday 18th July, with Derbyshire Falcons first appearance scheduled on Saturday 20th July vs Yorkshire Vikings at Queens Park, Chesterfield. The five qualifying rounds of the catching competition will take place during home games at The Pattonair County Ground on the following dates:

Falcons v Notts Outlaws – Friday 26th July
Falcons v Lancashire Lightning – Sunday 28th July
Falcons v Durham Jets – Friday 9th August
Falcons v Worcestershire Rapids – Tuesday 13th August
Falcons v Leicestershire Foxes – Thursday 15th August


Walk the Line

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Cricket Derbyshire Foundation in association with community partner and fellow Bondholder HUUB will be holding another T20 Walkathon Challenge on Friday 26th July.

They are inviting Bondholders to join them in walking 20 miles from Nottingham to Derby to raise money for the foundation.

The route will take walkers through some of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's most scenic countryside bringing you out at the Pattonair County Ground, just in time for the T20 Vitality Blast match which will feature the Notts Outlaws vs Derbyshire Falcons.

It is hoped that this year's event will raise £6,000 to enable to foundation to deliver its Holiday Hunger school programme at Derwent Primary School.

To find out more and register click here

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Rita Ora and Rudimental coming to Derby

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club will bring two of the world’s biggest artists to Derby as Rita Ora and Rudimental will headline the first ever Derby Sound festival at The Pattonair County Ground this summer, on Saturday 3 August.

The one-day festival, presented by D-Hive, is the biggest of its kind in the city and brings together two giants of pop music, alongside The Vamps and X-Factor winners, Rak-Su.

Rudimental have sold over 20 million singles, while Rita Ora currently holds the UK chart record for the most Top 10 singles by a UK female artist, and both are set to perform in front of a capacity crowd in the heart of Derby this summer.

Tickets are priced at £55 + booking fee and go on general sale on Friday 5 April at 9.00am

Ryan Duckett, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: “Following the success of the concerts we have hosted over the last few years, the Club is delighted to be able to host another major music event at the Pattonair County Ground this summer. Rudimental, Rita Ora, The Vamps and Rak-Su all have a huge following, and I am sure it will be another great event for the city and the wider region.”

Darren Riley, Commercial Director of D-Hive Ltd, said: “We’re pleased to have started what we hope to be a long partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and are looking forward to bringing such a large-scale event to Derby. We’re proud to be a part of the overall entertainment offering locally this summer and believe the community benefits to be significant.”

Derby College’s First Academy Awards

More than 300 people attended Bondholder Derby College’s first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College’s innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College works with around 3,000 businesses and organisations with a large proportion involved in helping to shape the curriculum for students and providing work placements, speakers and special projects for students across the College sites in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino opened the proceedings and said: “Employers are embedded into the work of the College – whether that is working with our curriculum areas to ensure they provide the required skills now and in the future or providing valuable work experience to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“We are extremely grateful for this support and the first Academy Awards celebrate and recognise the valuable role that employers have in this organisation.”

The evening was compered by Derby College Deputy Principal April Hayhurst and presented by Dean Jackson from Bondholder HUUB and Ryan Duckett from Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  Awards were presented by Derby College Group CEO Mandie Stravino and Bondholder Derby City Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait.

The awards were followed by live music by Madison Avenue UK and the event raised more than £2,200 For the Derby Breakfast Club initiative which is Derby College’s designated charity partner in 2018.  This brings the total so far raised by students and staff for the cause to more than £6,200.

April Hayhurst concluded: “We now have Employment and Skills Boards working across all curriculum areas and a total of 28 different Employer Academies which have won been recognised as innovative best practice nationally.

”Our first Academy Awards were a huge success and a fitting tribute to all the employers, staff and students who have all worked hard to make these partnerships so effective in bridging the gap between education and employment.”

Awards winners were:

Placement Award: Winner – Capital Travel and Events Academy; runners up - The Finesse Academy and Hannells Business Academy.

Project of the Year: winner – Déda Creative Arts Academy; runners up – Bell Painting and Decorating Academy and the Cricket Derbyshire Academies for sport, catering and hospitality and facilities management.

Visit of the Year: winner – East Midlands Airport Partnership; runners up - Sasie Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy and Seven Restaurant and Café Bar Academy. 

Speaker of the Year: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Academy; runners up – Tom Mahwood from Turning Point and Richard Rochester from Young Enterprise.

Charity and Community Investment: winner – Derby College Transitions team; runners up – Flint Street Church and the Poppies Weeping Window fund raising event.

Student of the Year: former Catering and Hospitality student Jack Bowler who has secured a job at Bespoke Inns; runners up – Aaron Curd who now works at Hannells estate agents and Victoria Workman who has a degree apprenticeship with Nottingham-based motor finance company First Response - all following work experience through the companies’ Employer Academy programmes.

Curriculum Employee of the Year: Business lecturer Lorna Edwards; runners up – Ruth Benn, Travel and Tourism and Bill Bentley, Construction.

Work Experience Officer of the Year: winner – Emma Holden; runners up – Sophie Ballard and Lacey Collins.

Employment and Skills Board of the Year: Winner – Rail Industry Employment and Skills Board; runners up – Professional Construction and Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills.

Employer Academy of the Year: winner – Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; runners up – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bespoke Inns.

Employer Academy of the Year: Cricket Derbyshire Academies; runners up – HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy and First Response Business and Finance Academy.

Bowled Over With Website Brief

Bondholder Purpose Media has been commissioned to create the new website for Middlesex County Cricket Club.

The firm has been tasked with creating a more modern online platform which will allow the forward-thinking club to communicate with a wider audience, attract fans for the future, increase engagement and offer more revenue-generating opportunities.

Founded in 1864, Middlesex County Cricket Club is one of the most successful and well-respected first-class counties in the English domestic game. The club has played at the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lord’s, since 1877 and has a proud history of developing many of the game’s greatest known cricketers, including Denis Compton, Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Andrew Strauss.

Purpose Media won the brief to develop its new website on the back of the success of its recent work with other sports clubs, including Bondholders Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Derby County Football Club.

Managing Director Matt Wheatcroft said: “We’re delighted to be working with Middlesex and to add the iconic club to our growing portfolio of professional sports clients.

“Sports websites are becoming a bit of a niche website for us, on the back of our work with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the Rams, and we have used our understanding of and expertise in making it easier for fans to engage with their clubs to develop the technology to make it simpler.

“Our bespoke platform enables clubs to deliver a more fluid, engaging and immersive online experience to their fans, while reaping the benefits of all the efficiencies and revenue generating opportunities that this creates.”

Purpose Media will use the same bespoke framework that it developed for the Rams to build the new Middlesex website.


Hotpod Yoga Sponsors DCCC Coach

Bondholder Hotpod Yoga Derby are thrilled to announce they will be sponsoring Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's lead physiotherapist, Fran Clarkson, for the 2018 season.

DCCC were looking to try something new in their winter training regime, and along with their coaches, have took on the challenge of Hotpod Yoga - a supercharged yoga experience in 37 degree heat, designed to develop flexibility and target specific muscle groups.

Lead Physiotherapist, Fran Clarkson said: “The lads have really appreciated an opportunity to be relaxed and switch off a bit. But then they also benefit from stability and controlling movement, and also flexibility.

“When we do our testing with them we look at joint ranges of movement and the strength of individual muscle groups. For each individual we have data on areas they move well in and areas they can do with strengthening.”

She added: “Often, it is a combination of we need to be more flexible or a bit stronger. Being in the Hotpod, it can assist with how they are moving and they are going to be working on those areas consistently.”

Leah McLaren, Founder of Hotpod Yoga Derby, said: “The heat aids better flexibility, mobility and stability. It also adds a calm and focus with it being dark in there.

“It will also help to relieve aches and pains and aid the recovery process when they’ve been training hard all week.”

After seven weeks training with Leah, Fran has seen measurable results in the teams testing, including improvements in flexibility, strength and mobility.

Bondholders Expand Employer Academy

Bondholders Derby College and Derby County Cricket Club have launched their third Employer Academy to help engage young people for the world of work.

The Cricket Derbyshire Facilities Management Employer Academy is now providing valuable work experience opportunities for construction students based at the College’s Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses.

Cricket Derbyshire Venue Operations Manager Jamie Guthrie said: “We have already worked with some painting and decorating students from the College who have done a brilliant job in the indoor cricket centre and will be working in other parts of the ground over the coming months.

“We look forward to working with more of the Construction students in the future who will be doing maintenance work at the ground from brickwork and joinery to plumbing and plastering.”

Derby College Director of Employer and Economic Affairs, April Hayhurst, explained that the Cricket Derbyshire Employer Academies were a response to identified skills gaps and growing job opportunities in all three sectors.

“Sport, hospitality and Construction are growing sectors both locally and nationally and are key elements of the visitor economy which is a key growth area, identified by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

“By working with this and a growing number of other employers, we are shaping the curriculum to their needs and ensuring that students benefit from direct input from industry professionals in the workplace. "

These academies aim to provide students with both the technical knowledge and the skills and attitudes employers require to address skills shortages. 



Little Mix to Play County Ground

Pop band Little Mix is set to perform at Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground in the new year. 

The show will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including ‘Touch’, ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings’, and will take place on Thursday 19 July.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 30 November at 9.30am. On sale information available from:

The news comes hot-on-the-heels of the Cricket club's recent good news. The club scooped the Best Domestic Campaign marketing award at the annual ECB Business of Cricket Awards (BOCAs).

The county won the award for the fresh energy they brought to promoting their NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, using data-driven insights to create personalised campaigns to targeted audiences.

Ryan Duckett, Commercial Director, said: “This is a great reward for our hard-working, committed and talented off-the-field team. It’s been an extremely busy summer with the hosting of the ICC Women’s World Cup, concerts and the domestic schedule, and we’ve achieved fantastic results.

“We’ve worked closely with our data analysis partners, Sportego, to deliver data-driven campaigns and we’re delighted with the results it’s achieved.

“We saw record crowds at our T20 Blast fixtures this summer, and records on-the-field with a first quarter-final since 2005, and we hope many supporters will join us again in 2018.”

Pattonair Raises £40k for Charity

A black-tie ball and charity auction held at Bondholder The Roundhouse, and organised by fellow Bondholder Pattonair, has raised more than £43,000 for Childline.

The event was hosted by TV auctioneer James Lewis.

Some of the items auctioned included a two-night stay in a suite at the Mayfair Hotel in London, with £250 spending money, an exquisite cut diamond pendant on a white gold chain, England vs Australia rugby tickets and a one-to-one coaching session with an international cricket pro from fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

In all, the event raised £43,118 for Childline, a national charity which provides free private and confidential counselling and support to young people under 19 years of age. It helps with a range of issues, from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships.

Pattonair’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Hollinshead, said: “This was our inaugural charity ball and I am incredibly proud of the amount we have raised.

“Childline is a fantastic charity which does vital work in helping children and young adults from across the UK to deal a whole range of issues and get the support they need to live safe, happy, healthy lives.

“I would like to thank each and every one of our guests for supporting the event and helping to raise such a huge amount of money for this incredibly worthy cause.

“The event was a huge success and I’m pleased to announce that we will be holding another ball next year and planning is already underway to make it even bigger and better.”

Chamber Celebrates Derbyshire Businesses

The Derbyshire Business Awards 2017, hosted by Bondholder East Midlands Chamber, took place last week at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground, and a number of Bondholders walked away with top accolades. 

The awards recognise businesses across Derbyshire which have pioneered new concepts and innovation, excelled in commercial enterprise or distinguished themselves with their attitude to workforce development.

Bondholder winners include Purpose Media, Talk Staff Group, Hodgkinson Builders, Derby Museums Trust, Frame Fast UK and Chevin Fleet Solutions

Marketing company Purpose Media scooped the Marketing Campaign of the Year award. 

Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director of Purpose Media, said: “This award win is really special to us. We’ve won several awards over the years in recognition of our business performance, but to get another award which recognises our strengths in marketing – after being named as the Derby Telegraph’s Creative Business of the Year, in June – is fantastic."

New Bondholder Talk Staff Group was awarded Commitment to People Development award. 

David Orange, Sales and Marketing Director at Talk Staff Group, said: “We are delighted to win this award, not only recognising our success but having worked with our teams on their own individual success too. This is an opportunity for them to celebrate with us.”

Zachary Beer from Bondholder Hodgkinson Builders was awarded Apprentice of the Year. 

Derby Museum Trust's Director of Resources, Mohammed Suleman walked away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. 

Mohammed said: “It’s an absolute honour to have even been shortlisted. There were some great entrepreneurs in the draw and to win it was not only a shock but also absolutely overwhelming.

Even though my name is on the trophy, this award is for everyone involved with Derby Museums. It’s for all of us, because without them it would not be possible for me to win this. I want to thank the judges and the Chamber for providing me with such an amazing opportunity.”

Manufacturer of the Year was awarded to Bondholder Frame Fast UK.

Bondholder Chevin Fleet Solutions was awarded two accolades at the ceremony. Not only did the firm win the Excellence in International Trade award, but they also walked away with the Business of the Year award. 

Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director of Chevin Fleet Solutions, said: "I was delighted to receive this award on behalf of the whole team at Chevin. We were honoured to have been chosen, bearing in mind the quality of the businesses represented at the awards.

"I would like to thank all of the those who have supported the journey so far, in particular my wife Tracey who has been at my side since we set out 27 years ago."

Fireworks to Return to Cricket Ground

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket's 3aaa County Ground will again play host to Derby's biggest fireworks display on Saturday 4th November. 

Last year, over 10,000 people attended the spectacular event, and once again Capital FM's Dino, Pete and Tyles will host the city’s major fireworks extravaganza, in partnership with fellow Bondholder Pattonair. 

Gates open at 5pm, with fireworks from 7pm. Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for those who buy in advance.

For more information, please click here.

Derby's Cricket World Cup Celebration

On Friday 23rd June, Bondholder Derby City Council is hosting an event to celebrate the start of the ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby.

The event will include a Q&A session quizzing cricket star and former captain of the England women's team, Charlotte Edwards, on her thoughts on this year’s Women’s World Cup.

Throughout the day there will more interviews with local cricket personalities, spot prizes and live entertainment. Mascots Freddie the Falcon and the DCC Star will also be on hand for pictures and selfies.

From 5:15pm a whole host of musical treats to suit all tastes will have been lined up to take the event from day to night, including steel band Pantas, bhangra group Dhol Drum, Urb’ and Kaleidoscope community choirs, indie reggae band Stuck in a Second, rock bhangra group Kismet, local indie folk band Herron Brothers and cover band UB42. 

This summer Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club will host eight fixtures, including a semi-final, and has been selected as a TV broadcast venue at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

For more information about the event on the 23rd June, please click here. 

Boyzone to Play Cricket Club

90s boyband Boyzone is set to perform at the 3aaa County Ground this September. 

Twenty-four years, twenty five million record sales, seven hit studio albums, six UK number one singles and hundreds of thousands of ticket sales later; Boyzone are set to perform a hit summer show in Derby ahead of their 25th anniversary in 2018.

The 3aaa County Ground will play host to the band on Saturday 16th September.

Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: "We’re delighted to be welcoming Boyzone, one of the most decorated boy bands of all time, to The 3aaa County Ground in September as our second major concert this summer.

“It will be another great community event that will provide Derby with an opportunity to come together, while also attracting thousands of people to the city with all the economic benefits that brings.

“The concert, which is expected to sell quickly, will be a great occasion for the East Midlands and the perfect way to end a special summer for the Club.”

The band themselves said: “We’re really excited to be back out playing live. It’s going to be great to entertain fans for a select number of shows this summer and we can’t wait to treat the East Midlands to what promises to be a superb night at The 3aaa County Ground in Derby."

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is offering hospitality packages for the event. 

Platinum Hospitality is only £160 per person and includes prosecco on arrival, two-course VIP deluxe hospitality dinner, VIP car parking, reserved seating, a private bar facility and entry to the Platinum Enclosure in front of the stage.

Gold Hospitality is only £120 per person, while Private VIP Hospitality Boxes (for 8 to 20 guests) are also available for £140 per person.

There is only a limited number of hospitality places available.

To book or for more details, please call 01332 388 105 or email

This Girl Can

Bondholder Smith Partnership are working in collaboration with fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the ICC Women’s World Cup legacy event, on Thursday 27th April, with guest speaker Sally Gunnell OBE.

The event will be an opportunity for hundreds of local business club partners to discuss how the county of Derbyshire can use the global cricket tournament to help women and girls to be their best.

Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership, said: "We feel very privileged to be involved in this event, as it builds on the Sport England’s award winning This Girl Can campaign, and we believe Sally’s speech will be a catalyst to enable more women to get involved in sport across the county.

“The partners at the firm are very passionate about being involved in sport and understand the positive role it plays in binding the local community together and inspiring people of all ages to be active.

“Derby is a thriving sporting City with teams competing at the highest level, therefore any opportunity to encourage people who are not involved to try something new is an excellent platform to be involved in.”

For more information about the event, please click here.

YMCA's Sleep Easy

Bondholder YMCA's Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy event is taking place on Friday 31st March, at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground.

All the money raised from YMCA Derbyshire's Sleep Easy event goes towards the Safe Front Door Campaign. This campaign enables YMCA Derbyshire to continue providing safe accommodation, opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities, work experience and volunteer opportunities and gain business mentors.

Many Bondholders have previously taken part in the event, including Toyota Manufacturing UK, Bell and Co and Geldards.

Richard Salt, Managing Director of Bell & Co, said: "The Sleep Easy was anything but! I did it with my friend Simon Storey from the Derbyshire Cricket Club and a team of willing volunteers from Bell & Co. I found it challenging and perhaps life changing.

"I understand we changed lives along the way and hence the frozen shoes I woke to were worth it! I’d thoroughly recommend this experience to any business looking for a really great cause to support. It really helped us raise our game and team build too."

Simon Storey Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed up for his fourth year running and said: “Events such as Sleep Easy highlight the very difficult plight that homeless people are facing every day and every night in this country. “I would encourage people to support this very good cause as generously as possible by participating or sponsoring participants in Sleep Easy 2016."

To sign up for the YMCA Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy, please click here.

The Brighter City of Derby Awards

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has recognised a number of restored and regenerated buildings in the Brighter City of Derby Awards. 

The Awards recognise buildings that have made improvements to Derby through new construction, maintenance or restorations.

Recipients of the awards include Marble Hall, managed by Bondholder Connect Derby; the New Infant Department at Derby High School, designed by fellow Bondholder Pick Everard; the iHub at Infinity Park Derby; the Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground, also designed by Pick Everard; and Cathedral Court, by Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners. 

Marble Hall - First Prize, Refurbishment Category

"As Rolls Royce's first factory in Derby, this is a unique part of the city's heritage and is therefore worthy of restoration and preservation. The developers have gone to great lengths to restore and conserve this important building, particularly the Marble Hall with good quality materials and craftsmanship. They have found a new use for the building, by converting into small business units."

The New Infant Department at Derby High School - First Prize, New Build

The building is "aesthetically pleasing but also fulfils its design purpose very well."

The Innovation Centre at Infinity Park Derby - Highly Commended, New Build

The judges felt that the design was aesthetically pleasing and works well as an "anchor" building for the important new Infinity business park.

The Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground - Generally Commended

The judges scored the Media Centre was commended for its contribution to the city. 

Cathedral Court -Generally Commended

The judges said the building "sits in its street scene surprisingly well and is functional".

Get Involved in the ICC Women’s World Cup

As part of the ICC Women’s World Cup, Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club are looking for a number of volunteers. 

Known as the Cricketeers, volunteers will work in a number of key areas and will be the face of the tournaments, helping to deliver a showcase event in women’s sport.

This is the chance for Bondholders to be part of the global event taking place right here in Derby, while using the opportunity to get out of the office and learn new skills within a fun environment. 

From spectator services to accreditation, there are a range of roles that suit all types of people with different skills, as well as providing with an opportunity to be part of a big sporting event. The Cricketeers will also support with event and sponsors activation, hospitality, media and transport; appropriate training will be provided for all these roles.

This is a key role in helping to deliver two months of exciting cricket next summer. The tournament needs over 1,500 people across all five venues that are hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic to work across both tournaments.

The application process is now open and you have until Monday 16 January to apply.

For details of how to apply, please visit or email

All Cricketeers must be over the age of 18 by March 31, 2017.

ICC award Derby World Cup semi-final


Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that Derby will host eight fixtures, including a semi-final, and has been selected as a TV broadcast venue at next summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Today at an event held held in the Council Chamber of Derby City Council, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Derby has been awarded the coveted last four fixture as part of a package that will include eight games in total, from 26 June to 20 July 2017.

It was also confirmed that Derby will be a TV broadcast venue, offering increased exposure for the city.

Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: “It’s tremendous news for the city and the wider county that Derby has been awarded the best possible package for next summer’s World Cup, which will include a semi-final match.

“In total, the Club will host eight games and five will be TV games, which will give us the opportunity to showcase the city to a global audience.

“A huge amount of work went into our bid which focused on why Derby is ideally placed to take its spot on the global sporting stage. We’re very grateful for the support we have received from local cricket clubs and to the businesses who backed our bid.

“The unique support we received has helped us demonstrate that the city of Derby is a great place to live, work and will be a great destination for visitors from across the world."

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “It’s great news that Derby has been selected to host eight games, including a coveted semi-final, at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017.

“The Council has worked extremely closely with the Cricket Club to help us secure the tournament, and the ICCs decision validates our firm belief that Derby is ideally placed to take its spot on the global sporting stage.

“Not only will the financial benefits be felt by business across the city - with large crowds, most of whom are from abroad, attending each game frequenting our hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops – but the power of sport will inspire our young women to achieve great things both on and off the sporting field."