|Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is creating sports academies in each of its Caribbean resorts. The Caribbean provides the perfect location for sports training facilities as its climate makes it possible for year-round practice and training.
The Harlequin Sports Academy will offer world class coaching and state-of-the-art facilities for tennis, football and cricket.
The Harlequin Sports Academy will be overseen by a panel of professional sports people led by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts' Ambassador, Andy
Townsend, to ensure that the facilities and coaching are world class. The Harlequin Sports Academy is a fundamental part of Harlequin's Corporate Social Responsibility and promotes better education through sport in the Caribbean.
||Football - Liverpool Football Club is the most successful English football team, having won 5 European Cups and 18 league (English Premier League, formerly First Division) titles amongst a record 40 major honours. The Liverpool Football Club Soccer School provides training and coaching programmes for both adults and children aged 5 and above in an environment where everyone is given the opportunity to play football to the best of their ability, with encouragement and training to develop the skills necessary to enjoy the game at whatever level they wish to play. Coaching sessions are interactive, challenging and fun.
The programmes teach the fundamental techniques of the game and show players how to develop their ball skills, focussing on the tactical, physical, mental and social elements of the game. Whilst developing players as individuals, the coaching also encourages players to work as a team both in defensive and attacking situations including positional sense, communication, handling, footwork, distribution, crosses, organisational skills, kicking, agility and flexibility.
Harlequin allows children from local schools and football associations to use the Liverpool Football Club Soccer Schools at its resorts to improve the standard of football and give opportunities to talented youngsters with Liverpool Football Club to encourage education through sports as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Tennis - Pat Cash first came to the tennis world’s attention as a junior player in the early 1980’s. He was ranked the top junior player in the world in 1981 and in 1982 he won the junior titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open. He turned professional in 1982 and won his first top level singles title that year in Melbourne. In 1983 Cash became the youngest player to play in a Davis Cup final. The crowning moment of his career came at Wimbledon in 1987 when he defeated the World Number 1, Ivan Lendl, in the final to become the Wimbledon Champion. He is a five times Grand Slam Finalist, winner of the Davis Cup twice and a respected worldwide television commentator.
The Pat Cash Tennis Academy provides unique training and coaching programmes for both children and adults, developed from Pat’s many years of learning during his playing career, his analytical approach and most recently the application of his knowledge in coaching on the professional tour. Players of all abilities are given encouragement and training to develop the skills necessary to enjoy the game at the level they wish to play and video analysis to improve their technique. He will hold coaching clinics and play in exhibition matches at each of Harlequin’s Resorts throughout the year.