Gloucestershire to return to La Manga Club
13 January 2020
Gloucestershire will return to the iconic La Manga Club in Spain on March 18 for warm-weather training as they prepare for the start of the 2020 season.
The squad will be joined by Glamorgan who also spent last spring in the Murcia region, swapping the British winter for Spanish sunshine as they use the resort’s European Cricket Performance Centre to continue their preparations for the opening round of County Championship matches, which begin on Sunday, April 12.
Organised in conjunction with sports travel specialists Sporta Group, the counties will not only have the chance to put their players through their paces at La Manga Club but also gain valuable match practice against first-class opposition at the resort’s two cricket grounds – the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Oval and the Gregory Peters Oval.
La Manga Club’s European Cricket Performance Centre is the only one of its kind and has been designed to help international teams, counties, clubs, schools, colleges and academies, as well as assisting with the development of players and coaches.
Matthew Jackson, Sporta Group’s managing director, said: “The spring weather in southern Spain, coupled with the close proximity to the UK, makes La Manga Club a very popular destination for professional and club teams for pre-season preparation. Having arranged cricket tours and camps around the world we have been very impressed by the professionalism and flexibility offered by our partners at La Manga Club.”
La Manga Club is regarded as ‘the home of cricket’ in Spain and will also have the honour of hosting the second edition of the European Cricket League (ECL20) this spring when the T10 event returns to the resort from May 31 to June 7.