Somerset County Cricket Club is hoping a new cricket academy in Bristol will help them uncover four to five great new prospects in the next 10 years – including another ‘Marcus Trescothick’!
The County is using the new facilities at Merchants’ Academy, the former Withywood School, as its base to coach youngsters unable to travel to Taunton.
Marcus Trescothick was “discovered” in the north of the county playing for Keynsham and Somerset believe there is more undiscovered talent in the area.
The new cricket facility is being managed by Merchants’ Academy Hall Ltd, who will also be running community cricket programmes in an area, which until now, has been largely neglected by the sport.
Marketing Executive, Tony Wright, says the new facilities are first class: “A great deal of money has been invested in creating the Merchants Academy cricket centre. It will not only be used by Somerset to bring on its young prospects, but the nets will also be available for local clubs and organisations.”
The cricket nets are the latest addition to the excellent sporting facilities at Merchants Academy - these include two sports halls, a new gymnasium and a dance studio.
“Our aim is to make sport both available and affordable,” said Tony. “We want to encourage the local community to use the gym facility and sports halls and have pegged the membership at just £15 per month.”
From September 2009 the centre will also offer floodlit Astroturf pitches and quality grass pitches for hire.
Full details of opening times and facilities available can be found at www.mahall.co.uk.