About DFCA

Our passion is to coach cricketers so they can reach their true potential. Cricket is a technical game that needs tuition at the highest level. That is what we bring to all our cricketers. Whether you are a keen youngster, or talented teenager, or are an adult who feels would benefit from some help and pointed in the right direction, we can deliver to the highest level. We have a proven track record of getting young cricketers to District and County level and beyond. By making the coaching fun and rewarding we believe we can take the talent in a player and develop it to their greatest potential.

DFCA is directed by Damian Forder who is a former Gloucestershire CCC professional cricketer (2000-01) and was part of the most successful squad winning 3 trophies in one season! Damian also represented Glamorgan CCC (2002), ECB U19s (1999) against Pakistan U19s whilst also winning the Daily Telegraph Fast Bowler in 1997 and a 2 week trip to the MRF Pace Foundation in India with Australian pace bowlers Dennis Lillee and Geoff Thompson.

DFCA was established in 2003 with cricket parties and is now working with some of Bristol biggest private schools. We also work in partnership with Bristol Youth Cricket League, and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club to run the entire commercial coaching for children to adults from County Ground, Bristol.

DFCA Sports & Leisure Wear. Coming from professional cricket we understand the importance of having clothing that is durable, comfortable, looks and feels great in performance which is why we have teamed up with Surridge Sport to bring you the best playing and training wear for Clubs , Schools and individuals.

Vantage Cricket is a trading name of DFCA Sport & Leisure Wear LTD and we are proud to own our own brand of Bats, Pads, and Gloves and helmets from Junior to Adult Sizes

ensuring quality and delivery all at very competitive prices!

Damian Forder


Coaching Experience

ECB level 1

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Academy

ECB level 2

County age groups u11s - u19s boys and girls

ECB level 3

District cricket teams

ECB Tutor and Assessor

1-2-1 coaching

British Amateur Weightlifters Leaders Award.
Club coaching adults – academy – youth teams of all league standards -
University / College Teams.
Speed Agility Quickness Award (SAQ).
First Aid Certified.
Secondary School private /state yr 7 -13.
Child Protection Certified.
Primary School private/ state reception – yr 6.
Running Indoor Cricket Leagues for children & adults.
ECB Tutor and Assessor.

Residential courses

DFCA Indoor Cricket League Junior & Adult

George Ford

George started with DFCA as a local cricketer playing for Winterbourne Cricket Club when he was just 8 years old and came through the DFCA coaching courses, and 121s before going on to represent England indoor cricket in two world cups and voted Bristol Cricketer of the year at the Bristol Evening Post Sports awards 2017!  George is now the joint owner of DFCA IDL's and DFCA Sport & Leisure Wear LTD & Vantage Cricket

Qualifications                                       Coaching Experience

ECB Level 1                                         Bristol District Age Group Squads

ECB Level 2                                         121 coaching 9 - 65 year old's

ICC Level 3                                          Cricket Coaching Courses from 3 year old's to Adults age 50 +

Degree in Sports Coaching                  Indoor Cricket leagues U/12s to Adults

Masters Degree in Sports Coaching    School Coaching Year 3 - Year 8

First Aid Certified                                 Cricket Club Coaching Juniors - Adult Teams

Child Protection Certified