Already a world renowned cricketing hub, the latest additions are aimed at further establishing the centre as the go-to place for cricketers ranging from small children through local indoor and outdoor leagues and up to elite athletes.
The PowerBase conditioning facility looks to enhance the physical performance of the modern cricketer, something increasingly integral throughout the game since the advent of T20 cricket and the need for powerful hitters and athletic fielders.
It is a far more dynamic offering compared to the previous gym; Olympic weightlifting and Keiser training machines adding to the more traditional offerings such as bike machines, weights and punch bag.
Not only that, the new design sees the gym expand outwards into an area suited to strength condition with HGV tyres and sprint training.
PowerBase was designed by ICC Academy Sport Science Lead, Peter Kelly who consulted widely with many of the globe’s leading cricket teams and sporting bodies, including those who have previously trained at the Sports City hub.
“This is a phenomenal space for cricketers from all over the world to use and importantly from the local community here in the UAE,” said Maqbul Dudhia, general manager, sports and events business, Dubai Sports City.
“We have made sure that leading cricket authorities from across the globe fed into the development process and we are very happy with the results and can’t wait to see all levels of cricketers make the most from the outstanding new facility.”
The second new feature is the Cricket Cage, a floodlit outdoor play area that is a multi-use cricket space, designed for coaching, practice and games.
It has been custom built to function as an 8-aside cricket ‘court’, featuring tension netting and marking to enable indoor-league style cricket outside.
Alternatively, the space can be converted into up to 6 practice net lanes for batting, bowling and coaching.
“I think what we’ve created enables us to diversify our offering even further. We host the best players in the world, they will thrive in the PowerBase and fine tune the physical skills they need to perform on the world stage.,” said ICC Academy manager, Will Kitchen.
“Our Cricket Cage represents another level of support to the local cricket community, a space for players to improve and practice, as well as thrilling environment for teams to compete in.”