SPANISH CRICKET ON THE UP
Junior cricket is on the up in Spain at present with a lot of effort being put in to the Spanish junior cricket section. Recently junior cricketers have visited Belfast to play in an indoor international tournament, six local Juniors Matt Winter, Joel Brook, Christian Munoz Mills, Brad Seekings, Jake Sunderland and Ben Girling were invited to train with the Spanish senior side coached by county coaches from Durham, one Junior, Christian Munoz Mills, represented the Spanish National side against Isle of Man and performed well above expectations. With all this going on, 50 Children aged between 10 & 14 form El Limonar School in Villamartin were invited to a day’s coaching at La Manga Club.
Neil Brook, Director of Junior Cricket Spain, and George Wambeek, Director of Cricket Spain, both said they are very encouraged how junior cricket is developing.
The time & effort that has gone into developing these youngsters mean they are starting to see Juniors moving into senior cricket representing Spain. A plan has been put together for 2007 which they hope will develop Spanish Cricket to new heights for the future.
The first phase of the plan was to start junior coaching at La Manga Club’s first class facilities in November. This will give a second coaching centre and help local youngsters who have trouble getting to the other facility in Albir near Benidorm. Phase 2 of the plan will be to train 8 coaches to Level 1 standard and some existing coaches to Level two, in doing this they can allocate coaches to each age group at both centres to allow them to concentrate on age groups. Phase 3 of the plan will be to start inviting youngsters who have achieved a high standard to the European Centre of Excellence and European Academy run by the ECC at La Manga in the spring. The final phase will be to hold the ECC European Under 15 2nd Division Championship 2007at La Manga in August which will be a fantastic boost for Spanish Cricket.