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Worcs to train at Malvern College

Malvern College
Malvern College's new sports complex opens next year

Worcestershire will use Malvern College's state-of-the-art sports complex for their first XI, second XI and academy training from next autumn.

The college will open a new sports centre and entertainment suite in the autumn of 2009.

Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton told BBC Hereford & Worcester that it is an ideal move for the club.

"Director of cricket Steve Rhodes and the rest of our coaching team are very excited about the project," he said.

The county will make use of the indoor venue for match preparation during the winter months and for pre-match training during bad weather in the summer.

The new sports hall will incorporate a sound system to simulate crowd noise, high levels of artificial light and heaters to simulate warm climates.

"We have just moved to 12-month contracts for most of our players as we plan for the new domestic structure in 2010," said Newton.

Ian MacLaurin
Malvern old boy Lord MacLaurin welcomes the move

"It is not possible for us to develop an indoor facility at New Road so the chance to work in partnership with Malvern College at this time is ideal.

"It will give us a winter base with the very best of facilities to help develop our professional and academy players."

College council chairman Ian MacLaurin, who is an Old Malvernian and former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, gave his backing to the move.

"Malvern College has a strong cricketing heritage with England and county players among those who have taught and coached at the college, and who have been at school here," he said.

"The partnership between the county cricket club and the college is a further reflection of our commitment to having one of the best sports facilities in the country."

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