Murdoch University is set to sign a deal with the Western Australian Cricket Association to provide alternate practice facilities for its representative teams.
The five-year partnership, with an option for a further five, will see two ovals constructed on a greenfield site at the University, with turf wicket blocks consisting of four and three pitches, along with turf and hard practice wickets.
Cricket will be the major sport at Murdoch University, with the WACA to have priority access to the new facility for use by representative teams from the Retravision Warriors and Western Fury to Imparja Cup and State under-age squads.
New change rooms will be built to accommodate four teams, and it is hoped the ground could eventually be used for Futures League and other State representative fixtures.
WACA Chief Executive Officer Graeme Wood says a number of parties were spoken to before the WACA Board elected to enter into agreement with Murdoch University.
“We are thrilled to be entering into partnership with Murdoch University for the development of such an excellent facility for use by our elite and under-age representative teams.
“Long term it is anticipated that the facility will be suitable to host second tier domestic or WACA District matches.”
WACA Cricket Operations Manager Andrew Scotford said having access to an outstanding training and playing arena was a fantastic opportunity for the WACA and its representative teams.
“There is the chance for players and staff to work with a leading institution such as Murdoch and tap into the services they can provide, such as sports science and chiropractic, media, physical education, leadership and other professional development opportunities which will play a great part in ensuring our high performance program can compete with what other states currently offer.”
Murdoch University Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Gary Martin, said he was delighted with the partnership.
“The partnership with the WACA will assist us with our endeavours to provide high quality facilities for our students and we look forward to establishing male and female cricket clubs with University and community members,” he said.
“There are many other opportunities that will stem from this partnership, including enhanced teaching spaces for our sport and exercise science and physical education courses, collaborative research opportunities and international collaborations with cricketing countries in the region.”