The accomplishments of the record-breaking batsman Brian Charles Lara have inspired an entire generation of young cricketers to dream of international excellence. UDeCOTT is committed to constructing facilities to uplift and improve the lives of Trinidad and Tobago nationals and sport is no exception. The Brian Lara Cricket Academy will provide the necessary foundation for young players to reach the highest level of the sport.
Envisaged to be the focal point for the development of future world-class cricketers, the Brian Lara Cricket Academy will offer students, coaches and fans a platform for viewing matches and a training facility that will define the cultivation of future cricket giants. Just north of the city of San Fernando, the Brian Lara Cricket Academy will be the first state-of-the-art cricket training facility to be constructed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Cricket enthusiasts will be thrilled at the approximately 100,000 sq. ft. Academy that includes a stadium with a 15,000 person seating capacity, club seating, lounges and executive boxes as well as exhibition space. The equally impressive field comprises a quick drain professional grade cricket pitch and a 70-metre radius playing field encompassing six pitches on the main playing field. The Academy also offers athletes 12 outdoor practice pitches, official and team locker rooms, gymnasium and operational equipment and score board.
UDeCOTT’s construction of the Brian Lara Cricket academy will also boost the national interest in the game of cricket by providing a world class location for cricket matches and give aspiring players the advantage of a state-of-the-art training facility.
The Brian Lara Cricket Academy (BLCA) is a state-of-the-art competition venue and training facility for the development of world-class cricketers. The North Tower houses the Writing Press, Broadcast and Operations Floors. The Main Level contains facilities for concessions; rental spaces for the sale of refreshments and novelties, and washrooms. The South Stand is comprised of the Club Level which houses a restaurant space, lounge area and 3 conference rooms; while the Suite Level has 18 individual suites which are to be furnished by the end users.
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Tours the Brian Lara Cricket Academy with the Media
The Honourable Darryl Smith MP, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, UDeCOTT Chairman Mr. Noel Garcia and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Administrator Mr. Manohar Ramsaran walk unto the world class pitch of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy during the Tour of the Facility
The Honourable Darryl Smith MP, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs gets details of how the pitch was prepared
The Honourable Minister strikes a classic cricketing pose at the crease
Photo of Seating at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. In the foreground is the Trini Possee Stand and the Scoreboard
The Honourable Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith MP, makes a welcome house announcement and declares that it is a glorious day for cricket