Lee County will host two international softball teams for summer training events this June. The German National Softball Team will conduct a training program in Fort Myers from June 2-10, and the Nova Scotian Provincial Softball Team will be here June 5-10. Both teams will use the Lee County Parks & Recreation’s CenturyLink Sports Complex and City of Palms Park throughout their stay.
The two training camps will see up to 54 international players and coaches travel to Lee County in preparation for upcoming competitions. Of those, 24 German National Team members will prepare for their 2017 European Softball Championships in Milan, Italy, while 24-30 Nova Scotia Provincial team members will prepare for the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The two training events will bring further awareness to Lee County as a top-notch sports tourism destination, drawing teams from around the world to experience the attractions and amenities of the region.
“We are very excited that both German and Nova Scotian softball teams have elected Fort Myers as a base to conduct their team training sessions this summer,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “It is pleasing to know that Lee County’s first-rate sporting facilities, great weather, professional standard of our Parks & Recreation team and wonderful local attractions, all work synergistically to offer a perfect backdrop for many international sporting teams. We look forward to hosting both teams as they each prepare from very important competitions on their competitive calendars.”
“Our players and staff are extremely excited to come to Ft. Myers in early June for our training camp in preparation of the 2017 Women´s European Softball Championships,” said Dirk Fries, sport director of the German Baseball and Softball Federation. “Lee County Sports has been of tremendous help in setting us up with everything we need for a week of softball in high level surroundings and within a professional atmosphere. The experience in Lee County will most definitely be an important piece of the puzzle towards our team´s success and the development of our program, which is why our federation could not feel any better moving towards this important tournament.”
“Our team is very pleased to have the opportunity to centralize our training in Lee County as we prepare for the 2017 Canada Summer Games,” said Denise Bowes, head coach of the 2017 Nova Scotia Canada Games Women’s Softball Team. “Quality training is essential to our success in this upcoming competition, and we look forward to utilizing Lee County’s exceptional sporting facilities throughout our program.”
For more information, visit the Lee County Sports Development website at www.leegov.com/sports.
About Lee County Sports Development
Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.