A tour of the sports spectrum
Saint Lucia tops the scoreboards for natural beauty. But it’s also a winner with sporting types, groups and spectators. British schools, universities and clubs enjoy successful cricket, netball and football tours of Saint Lucia, with plenty of sides on the island keen to take on visiting teams.
Saint Lucia champions sport with a growing number of world-class venues and facilities that are purpose-built for a wide range of sports. Here are some of the best:
Beausejour Cricket Ground
Built in 2002, the Beausejour Cricket Ground played host to the International Cricket Council’s World Cup in 2007. It is arguably one of the finest grounds in the Caribbean, and has quickly gained a reputation of being one of the most sought after venues by both regional and international cricket teams.
Beausejour Indoor Practice Facility
Next to the Beausejour ground is the Beausejour Indoor Practice Facility, home to netball, volleyball and basketball. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard and timers. It has a seating capacity of 600.
The George Odlum Stadium
The 8,000-seater George Odlum Stadium is located next to Hewanorra International Airport. It has a regulation football pitch and a 400m all- weather athletics track. It also includes high jump, triple jump, long jump and pole vault runways and features stadium lights, a fully equipped gym and concession areas.
National Tennis Centre
The National Tennis Centre in Beausejour features six courts including a stadium court. Although relatively new, the facility has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments including the Eastern Caribbean Tennis Tournament. Website.
St Lucia Golf and Country Club
The St Lucia Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole, par-71 course, spread over the rolling hills of the Cap Estate in the north of the island, offers one of the most scenic and challenging rounds in the Caribbean. Visit http://www.stluciagolf.com for more information. There’s also a 9-hole course with taxingly narrow fairways at Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa.