La Manga Club sign up cricket ace James Anderson
Anderson has followed the likes of British women’s tennis number one Elena Baltacha and England rugby player Nick Easter in giving his backing to the five-star Spanish resort.
The 29-year-old star, the seventh-highest England wicket taker of all time in Test cricket with 249 wickets in 66 appearances, is currently ranked third in the world Test bowler standings and is relishing his new role.
Anderson said: “La Manga Club has a fantastic reputation and it is a privilege to have been asked to be an ambassador for them.
“The resort is leading the way for cricket in Spain and does a lot of good growing the game, and I hope to be a part of its plans in the future.”
The new arrangement with Anderson is the latest exciting development for La Manga Club as it prepares to celebrate its 40th birthday later this year.
Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, the resort is renowned for its first-class range of facilities that has helped it become one of the leading sports and leisure destinations in Europe.
Golfing greats including Arnold Palmer and Bernard Gallacher – who both won the Spanish Open at the five-star resort – have graced La Manga Club’s fairways since it opened in 1972.
The late Seve Ballesteros made his European Tour debut at the venue before becoming its touring pro, South African legend Gary Player was the resort’s director of golf while current world number one Luke Donald honed his swing at La Manga Club as a child.
La Manga Club welcomed the Ladies’ European Tour Q School for the fourth consecutive year in January and it could soon be playing host to the cream of lady golfers as it is a leading contender to host the 2015 Solheim Cup.
In addition, as well as offering a wide selection of sports academies to children, the resort will be hosting the Lee Westwood Golf Academy, AC Milan Junior Camp and Daley Thompson Athletics Academy this summer where budding sports stars of the future can improve their skills.
La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure venue including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, more than 20 bars and restaurants and great fun for children.