Scotland’s senior international squads will enjoy a spring training camp in La Manga this week as the men and women look to prepare for an important year of cricket.
The Wildcats, who will compete in the ICC Women’s Qualifier at the same venue later in the summer, will spend four days out in Spain.
Steve Knox, Women’s High Performance Coach, said “The training camp in La Manga presents an excellent opportunity to put into practice on turf a lot of the skills we’ve been working on indoors throughout the winter. As a batting group, we’ll be looking to expand our scoring options and, on the back of that, the percentage of balls that we score off. The bowlers will be focussing on improving the consistency of both their stock balls and their variations to both right and left handers. Fielding wise, it’s a fantastic chance to work on the high catching, diving and sliding skills that we can’t practice indoors.
“It’s also great to be able to work with the men’s squad and familiarise ourselves with the conditions and facilities in advance of the ICC Women’s European Qualifier in late June against Germany and the Netherlands.”
The Wildcats will be supported by Steven Knox (Women’s High Performance Coach), Peter Ross (Assistant Coach), Andy Tennant (Lead Spin Coach), Stephen Leckey (Mental Skills Coach), Charlotte Dalton (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Gordon Drummond (Performance Pathway Manager), Jonathan Newell (High Performance Co-Ordinator) and Mairi MacPhail (Lead Physio).
George Munsey will also fly out to La Manga for the Wildcats’ camp as guest coach as part of the coaching staff.
The men’s squad will arrive a few days later on Sunday 31st March to join up with the Wildcats for combined sessions across Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. The side will also go on to spend four days at La Manga, working on various areas such as power-hitting, playing against spin and making use of outdoor facilities for fielding practice.
Shane Burger, Men’s National Coach, commented “With a lot of cricket to look forward to over the calendar year, La Manga will give me an opportunity as a new coach to see most of the players in action and identify what areas still need to be addressed. It also allows us to bond as a team and management staff and we are certainly looking forward to our time over there. La Manga will also see both the senior men’s and women’s team interact and share ideas which is something new.”
The men will be supported by Shane Burger (Men’s National Coach), Toby Bailey (Support Coach) and Louise Finlayson (Performance Psychology Consultant) as well as Gordon Drummond, Jonathan Newell, Andy Tennant and Mairi MacPhail.
Simon Smith, High Performance Manager, commented “Our senior men and women are united in their determination to win their respective global qualifiers in 2019, so this spring camp presents an excellent opportunity for the squads to collaborate on some common themes ahead of a busy and exciting year.”
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Cricket Scotland enjoys a long-term partnership with La Manga as our overseas training base. Discounted accommodation and facility hire is available to Scotland’s cricket clubs and schools.