Friday, 29 July 2016

No sticky wickets at La Manga

#LAMANGA CLUB has teamed up with #Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland for a long-term partnership to create a European Cricket Performance Centre at the Spanish resort – the first of its kind in Europe.

The sports and leisure resort has signed a ten-year deal with the two national organizations to develop an exclusive warm-weather overseas training base in Murcia, south-east #Spain.

Designed to help prepare men's and women's teams for international cricket as well as assisting with the development of players and coaches, the first phase of the jointly-funded project will next year.

In a joint statement, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland said: ‘This is the culmination of a long-term project to develop state-of-the-art training facilities in continental Europe. Rather than having to travel to the UAE or further afield to escape our long winters, our players at all levels now have the chance to train in a cost-effective way on world-class grass and artificial surfaces in a warm-weather southern European setting on a year-round basis.

Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland will have exclusive booking options for using the centre as a warm-weather training and playing base for its men's and women's national and provincial senior and youth teams.

Facilities will include six updated first-class grass pitches and two artificial wickets on two existing grounds, plus 18 grass and five artificial net lanes – all with 25-yard run-ups. Fielding, catching, and wicket-keeping areas are also being created.

Chad Harpur, director of sports at La Manga Club, said: ‘This agreement will open up a new market for La Manga Club. The cricket facility will be the best in Europe and is something we are very proud to be part of.’

In 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has a high performance sports centre, a high-altitude training facility, three 18-hole golf courses, 28 tennis courts, and a spa and fitness centre, plus a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments, and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

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