Essex County Cricket Club is the ideal archery training camp for those entering the archery competition at Lord's Cricket Ground. The playing surface, although primarily scaled for first class cricket, is an immaculately tendered grass oval approximately 100m in diameter. This provides the perfect venue for archery in preparation for the Games. The club has close relationships with the local archery organisations which ensure that targets and timing devices will be readily available. Spectator seating is available around the ground for up to 8000 visitors, although the ground retains a unique intimacy with the crowd.
The ground is situated adjacent to the River Can, and a pedestrian bridge will link Central Park with the riverside cafes and leisure facilities in the stadium entrance piazza. It is approximately 500m south of Chelmsford railway station and is close to a wide range of lively cultural and entertainment opportunities.
The Club is about to embark on a major multi million pound stadium redevelopment.
New Facilities will include:
- State of the art competitor changing facilities linked to a new physiotherapy and sports medicine centre on the site.
- Dedicated competitor restaurant
- High quality audio visual analysis suites
- 50m indoor cricket centre that can be used for practice and training
- Full disabled access will be available to all parts of the grounds and facilities will be adaptable to the needs of any competing nation looking to source top quality training facilities in close proximity to the London Olympic Stadium.
- In-bound international cricket teams
- The Ford County Ground is recognised as providing high quality training and practice facilities, and the experienced Club administrative team is well versed in delivering support services to top flight international sports people.
- The Club was a venue for Cricket World Cup in 1999 and hosted the England side as well as Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe. In more recent years Pakistan, India and Australia have also visited.
- In-bound international cricket teams would typically be a squad of 16-18 players plus administrative and medical support staff. Safety and security are key issues and these are annually assessed with the England and Wales Cricket Board and the touring team's security agency.