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Academy Side Head Into Semi-Final Full of Confidence

Article written by University of Derby Football Journalism Students Chloe Reynolds

Derby Women’s Academy have had a great season to date and go into today's game with Notts County Women in the League Cup Semi-Final with Head coach Daniel Dobrzycki proud of what his team have achieved.

“We’ve won every game and we’re winning games quite handsomely at times and that’s all credit to the players so I think they’ve worked incredibly hard since the start of the year” says Dobrzycki, who has been the head coach since 2019

Speaking on some of the highs of witch there has been a few, Dobrzycki says “Being a development team, u20s the highs probably the interaction with the first team regarding players going up, they are getting meaningful game time at such a young age so that’s probably a highlight”.

Speaking on his own personal highlight the coach states “the style of football now that they are able to play I think we are getting quite a few plaudits from other teams and I think there’s an identity to the way we play and that’s coming through quite clearly, we’re playing with players who maybe haven’t had massive minutes this season bringing up some of the u18s with the option to remain consistent with our identity and our style of play and that’s really pleasing for us”.

Regarding the Lows, Dobrzycki mentions about how injuries and sending offs have been a low point for the team, “it’s definitely the injury’s we’ve had two ACL tears this season which is gonna basically done players for the whole season definitely the low point for us we’ve also had two sending’s off, which have caused low points and I think it’s a maturity thing as being such a young team 16/17/18 year old girls it’s not an excuse but i think they’re the learning curves for those girls.

The u20s are only two years into a 4-year plan, a lot of them where brought in when they were 16 and grew up with the team. Dobrzycki talks about his hopes for the future and how he’d like to see the U20s side grow.

“The way we saw that working is within 4 years we’d have full intake of players being from a regional talent from the scholarship program and that’s excellent that’s going from strength to strength each year and I’d expect to see for five six girls from each age group at an elite level.

"They will go to the first team and hopefully sustain in place in they first team our own ambitions have to align with the first team they hopefully will be getting promoted they’ve got the right people in charge, the girls can compete at that level and I think the development of the whole woman’s game can benefit everyone if we play higher so for us is just about quality improving year on year more players through to the first team and competing in competitive leagues and hopefully winning these leagues wherever they may be.

Derby U20’S are hoping to continue to grow and continue playing for the first team, as well as growing themselves as a development side and today's fixture at the Don Amott Arena is a fantastic chance for #EweRams fans to see the next generation of Derby County Women first-team stars in action!

Kick-Off is 1:30pm and entry is free so get down to enjoy some bonus action today!

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