European Cricket League Launch Party Presentation - Part 1 of 6 - Introduction

Part 1 of 6 of our European Cricket League Launch Party Presentation!

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The ECL: Cricket's New Champions League

Announcing the European Cricket League

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Dear cricketers and cricket fans in Europe and all over the world,

There has been a lot of talk about the new league recently, so here below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

What is the ECL?

  • The European Cricket League (“ECL”) is the Champions League of cricket in Europe, therefore, it will initially be played by 8 champion clubs from eight domestic leagues around Europe.

Why launch the ECL?

  • To make cricket the number one summer team sport in Europe

    • In almost all countries on earth, there is a mainstream kicking team sport in winter (football/soccer/rugby), and a mainstream hitting team sport in summer (cricket/baseball). But when you think about the core of continental Europe, there is no mainstream hitting team sport in summer.

  • The ECL is by Europe, for Europe, celebrating European cricket and its players, clubs and federations from the sport’s grassroots and beyond.

  • There are 23 million cricket fans living in continental Europe

  • Clubs are the key ingredient to help make sports’ mainstream in Europe.

    • Sport clubs are local and accessible, have access to grounds and infrastructure, can tap local government support and can provide sport structures for children, women and men to promote sport participation.

    • We want cricket to be an attractive sport so that sport clubs all over Europe launch cricket departments.

  • Any club and any player playing in a club in an ECL member federation country can qualify to play and win the Champions League of Cricket in Europe.

  • There already exists a large number of leagues and club cricket played throughout Europe. For example the cricket board in Denmark is over 133 years old and there is currently over 270 cricket teams already playing in Germany. In over 34 countries in Europe, domestic cricket leagues already exist!

How can we watch the ECL?

  • We are building the European Cricket Network (“ECN”), which will be the digital destination for watching the streams and live scores of the ECL.

  • The ECN will be available via web and mobile, and will be launching soon.

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Who is building the ECN which will stream the ECL?

  • The world’s pre-eminent cricket data company that builds the live scoring and live streaming solutions for the ECB, Cricket Australia and Cricket Ireland, InteractSport, interactsport.com

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What countries cricket federations are in the ECL 19?

  • The official cricket federations of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain.

  • We plan to add additional European federations in the years to come.

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Who is organising the ECL?

  • Founder: Daniel Weston, a current German national team cricketer, previously a commodity and tech investor, trader and Hedge Fund Manager. Now fully focussed on building cricket in Europe. So that his and his cricket loving friends children in Europe have a chance to grow up where cricket is an easily accessible sport for young children to join clubs and learn to play

  • CEO: Roger Feiner, previously Head of Broadcasting at FIFA and MD of Teleclub Sports and VP of MySports

  • President: Frank Leenders, previously MD of TEAM Marketing for the UEFA Champions League since 1992, also involved in marketing for Eurovision Song Contest and Director General of FIBA Media and Marketing for the FIBA Basketball World Cup

  • Board Member: Thomas Klooz, previously CEO of TEAM Marketing for the UEFA Champions League since 1992, also involved in marketing for Eurovision Song Contest and Board Member of FIBA Media and Marketing for the FIBA Basketball World Cup

  • Operations: James Kantor, previously involved in German Cricket TV content creation and live streaming of cricket in Germany

  • Operations: Jonty Altmann, previously involved in German Cricket TV content creation and live streaming of cricket in Germany

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Who is playing in ECL 19?

  • The 2018 domestic league club champions from eight of Europe’s top domestic federations: Denmark (Svanholm CC); France (Ville De Dreux); Germany (SG Findorff); Italy (JCC Brescia); Netherlands (VOC Rotterdam); Spain (Catalunya CC); Romania (Cluj CC); and Russia (St. Petersburg Lions).

  • Again, in our roadmap is the addition of more European federations in the years to come.

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Who will umpire the ECL?

  • Each of the countries federations will nominate a “Champion Umpire” from the previous season who is deemed by the federation to have been the best umpire in domestic league cricket. There will be two on-field umpires, a third umpire, and match referee for each match, who will not be from the federations in which the teams are from in each particular match, plus an overall ECL tournament referee.

Who will score the ECL?

  • Each of the countries federations will nominate a “Champion Scorer” from the previous season who is deemed by the federation to have been the best scorer in domestic league cricket. There will be three scorers per match, with two of the scorers coming from the federations whose federation team is playing in the match and one scorer who is not from either of the federations participating in that match.

Where is the ECL being played?

  • On southern Europe’s best grass wicket and cricket facility and hotel resort, La Manga Club, lamangaclub.com

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Who is providing the balls?

  • The world’s greatest and most famous cricket ball maker, Kookaburra, kookaburra.biz

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Who is suppling the on and off-field official clothing?

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Who is taking the teams to the ECL?

  • Business travel done simple, by the hottest start-up in travel, BizAway, bizaway.com

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Who is producing the broadcast of the ECL?

  • The world’s leading production company that does Wimbledon, the NFL, the NBA and Eurovision, NEP, nepgroup.com

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How can I play in the ECL?

  • That is easy! By joining a club and finding your team in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain - then by winning and becoming the domestic league champion! The best way to find a club, is to do a Google or Facebook search in your area!

To all cricketers in Europe, now is your time to take cricket beyond being a fan of cricket back “home”. If you love cricket in Europe, think about how you can help play, coach, umpire, score, promote and grow your favourite sport in our own cities, towns and villages. It is what we do for the game now, which will help to see it grow in the years, decades and generations to come.

Let’s make cricket the winner!

Daniel Weston - Founder, European Cricket League

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Travel partners BizAway helps the ECL take flight!

The European Cricket League (“ECL”) is proud to announce it has chosen BizAway as the Official Travel Partner for the new Champions League of Cricket in Europe.

BizAway is a cutting edge travel technology company, headquartered in Europe and helping make life simple for business travellers and corporate clients.

“The ECL needs to fly over 140 of Europe’s best cricketers and officials from the 2018 champion clubs to La Manga Club, Spain. This is a major logistical effort, which takes perfect planning and travel itinerary management, that’s where BizAway has come in and helped make our life simpler.” said Daniel Weston, founder of the European Cricket League

The players, coaches and officials from the Champion Clubs of Europe who are competing in the ECL will be flying from major cities in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia to Spain.

“The European Cricket League is now the destination for the Champion Clubs of Europe, and as BizAway we are proud to work with the ECL to take them there and watch which club will be crowned the “King of Europe!”” said Luca Carlucci, CEO of BizAway.

BizAway has taken control of the bookings and itinerary through their extensive knowledge and digital platforms to optimise the Champion Clubs travel plans.

Daniel commented, “The most important piece of carry-on luggage in European Cricket is soon to be the ECL winners trophy. I know BizAway can help us get the trophy to La Manga, but then after the ECL, I’m not sure yet which club BizAway will need to help to fly the trophy safely back home with!”

For more information, contact bizaway.com

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New Balance team up with the ECL as the Official Team-wear Partner!

New Balance Team Sports has partnered with the European Cricket League to provide custom playing, training and casual wear to all clubs and officials in the new Champions League of Cricket in Europe, launching July 29 - 31 at the La Manga Club, Spain.

“New Balance crafts sporting goods to the highest quality, and we are very proud to be partnering with a brand that is linked to the likes of the English and South African national cricket teams, Liverpool F.C., Celtic F.C., Athletic Bilbao, FC Porto and FC Dynamo Kiev,” said Daniel Weston, founder of the European Cricket League.

Cricket has been a key sport in the New Balance portfolio for many years, both in terms of team wear supply and the sponsorship of some the world’s greatest current players, such as Joe Root, Jason Roy and Aaron Finch. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with the ECL to both promote and grow the game in the world’s fastest growing cricket markets,” says Jamie Stewart from NB Team Sports.

Played in a T10 format, ECL 19 will feature the domestic champions of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Spain, competing for the chance to be crowned as Continental Europe club cricket’s ‘Kings of Europe’.

Teams will be split into two groups of four with matches being played on a round-robin basis, with the top two from each progressing to contest the semi-finals and final. All matches will be broadcasted and streamed live around the world.

Hannah Potts, from NB Team Sports Marketing said, “The ECL clubs will break new cricket ground for New Balance in continental Europe, we can’t wait to watch the pride and emotion of the players while they wear the NB Team Wear during the league as they battle it out to be the Kings of Europe!”

The first league will be limited to eight champion clubs from official ICC member federations, but there is a roadmap to increase the number of qualified teams in the coming years.

The designs of each of the clubs team and official wear is in process and will be released in the coming weeks.

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For more information, please contact www.newbalanceteam.co.uk

Kookaburra is the Official Ball & Kit Partner of the European Cricket League

Kookaburra, the world’s most famous cricket ball manufacturer, have joined forces with the European Cricket League (“ECL”), the new Champions League of cricket in Europe, to take the next step in promoting the game across the continent.

Kookaburra has become the “Official Ball & Kit Partner” of the ECL, in a 3-year partnership, which will see the Kookaburra “Regulation” white ball as the official match ball for all 17 matches.

Additionally, all participating teams will also be kitted out in Kookaburra Pads and Helmets in custom club colours, together with providing the official stumps, scorebooks and accessories for the League, which launches on July 29, 30 and 31, 2019 from La Manga Club, Spain.

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“It is with great pride and honour to have Kookaburra as an official ball & kit partner, they are the brand I always used, admired and been excited by at the start of every cricket season. The ECL is going to bring Cricket to Europe like never before, tapping into new audiences, so whilst we want to create fresh sporting stories, we are very excited to work with Kookaburra as a company so rich in the history of the game.”, says Daniel Weston, founder of the European Cricket League.

Played in a T10 format, ECL 19 will feature the domestic champions of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Spain, competing for the chance to be crowned as Continental Europe club cricket’s ‘Kings of Europe’.

Teams will be split into two groups of four with matches being played on a round-robin basis, with the top two from each progressing to contest the semi-finals and final. All matches will be broadcasted and streamed live around the world.

Stuart Waterton, UK Brand Manager at Kookaburra said, “We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of cricket innovation and ahead of the curve as the game evolves. We see the European Cricket League, as the new Champions League of Cricket in Europe, as a new and exciting way to grow the game, take it to an even wider audience & foster the future of the game that we all love.”

The first league will be limited to eight champion clubs from official ICC member federations, but there is a roadmap to increase the number of qualified teams in the coming years.

“We are always looking to grow our cricketing community. Daniel and I have worked together for several years as a kit supplier to cricketers in Germany when Daniel was running the digital live streaming platform German Cricket TV. The growth of the game in Germany in recent years has been spectacular. So now with the launch of the ECL and widespread promotion and awareness of cricket in Europe, we are excited at further growth to come for the game in places where traditionally cricket has crept under the radar”, said Kookaburra UK Social Media & Digital Manager , Julie Morehen.

For more information, please contact www.kookaburra.biz

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La Manga Club to host the new European Champions League of cricket!

Spain’s prestigious La Manga Club has been selected as the official venue partner for the eagerly-awaited new European Cricket League (ECL), which will launch this summer and has been hailed as cricket’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.

The famous sports and leisure resort will host the event for the next three years, with the inaugural tournament taking place in Murcia, south-east Spain, from July 29-31. 

Played over 17 matches in a T10 format, ECL 19 will feature the domestic champions of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Spain competing for the chance to be crowned as Continental Europe club cricket’s ‘Kings of Europe’.

From Left to Right, Nick Montgomery (Managing Director, La Manga Club, Roger Feiner (CEO European Cricket League AG), Delphine Gauthier (Senior Sales Manager, La Manga Club), Daniel Weston (Founder, European Cricket League AG)

From Left to Right, Nick Montgomery (Managing Director, La Manga Club, Roger Feiner (CEO European Cricket League AG), Delphine Gauthier (Senior Sales Manager, La Manga Club), Daniel Weston (Founder, European Cricket League AG)

And interest in the new competition is set to be huge, with all the games being televised live in Europe and India across a combination of broadcast, digital and social channels to 160-plus countries and an estimated audience of more than 142m people.

Nick Montgomery, general manager at La Manga Club, said: “The European Cricket League is a fantastic new initiative, and we’re thrilled to be playing such an important part in helping to launch such an exciting project.

“The facilities that we can offer cricket teams are on a par with some of the best in the world, and partnering with this new competition will give us the opportunity to showcase the resort to a truly global audience.”

La Manga Club is widely-known as the home of cricket in Spain and features an outstanding range of first-class cricket facilities ideal for hosting teams and staging tournaments – including the continent’s only European Cricket Performance Centre.

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ECL 19 will feature sides from Dreux (France), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Svanholm (Denmark), Bremen (Germany), St. Petersburg (Russia), Brescia (Italy) and Cluj (Romania). Teams will be split into two groups of four with matches being played on a round-robin basis, with the top two from each progressing to contest the semi-finals and final.

The first league will be limited to eight champion clubs from official ICC member federations, but event organisers plan to increase the number of qualified teams in the coming years.

Daniel Weston, founder of the European Cricket League, and who plays for the German national cricket team, said: “We are delighted to have La Manga Club on board as the official venue partner for the Champions League of cricket in Europe.

“Featuring southern Europe's best cricket facilities, the resort is the perfect destination for cricket fans and champion clubs to combine world-class cricket and entertainment in equal measure.

“There has never been a European-wide league of this nature and it’s our desire to make the ECL the flagship competition in Continental Europe. The team behind the league has vast experience of organising and promoting events of this nature to a global broadcast audience, and we can’t wait to get started.”

La Manga Club’s European Cricket Performance Centre has been designed to help international teams, counties, schools and colleges, as well as assisting with the development of players and coaches. Its extensive facilities include six first-class grass pitches and two artificial wickets on two existing grounds, plus 23 grass and five artificial net lanes – all with 25-yard run-ups.

In addition, there are also specialist grass fielding, catching and wicket-keeping areas and, with the final phase of the centre having been completed this winter with its new grass pitches now fully bedded in, La Manga Club is already attracting significant interest with Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan and Gloucestershire all confirmed to visit ahead of the start of the new season.

Also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association, La Manga Club’s unrivalled other facilities include three 18-hole golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and more than 15 bars and restaurants.

For more information on the La Manga Club, please visit www.lamangaclub.com

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