Whitgift School players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Monday 03rd – Friday 07th April at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.
Neil Kendrick and Paul Hindmarch, Whitgift School ‘Head of Cricket Performance’ and ‘Head of the Cricket Academy’ respectively, supported by eight (8) staff, accompanied seventy (70) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and matches, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.
Neil Kendrick ‘Head of Cricket Performance’ commented: “Having visited Desert Springs for the last few years with our Golf Team and experienced all that the resort has to offer, I was very excited at now bringing a large group of students for a Cricket Training Camp. Desert Springs has delivered on every aspect, the service levels are just sensational and nothing is left to chance. The children have all had an unforgettable week and we look forward to returning next year!”
The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.
Whitgift School players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:
“Great facilities, great food, great place!” Theo Saitch
Amazing Cricket Academy, great food & great staff!” Haydn Rees
“Absolutely amazing place with such happy and helpful staff!” Ben Cleaver
“The Cricket Academy is awesome, there is so much space and things to do!” Harvey Stedman
“Great place, awesome cricket facilities and they even have English TV!” Nathaniel Fitzpatrick
“The facilities are fantastic and the weather is just out of this world!” James Orakwe
“I have had so much fun and am so happy that I came!” Felix Curson
“The Cricket Academy facilities are unbelievable, and so is the Wi-Fi!” Archie Wait
“The facilities at the resort are great, I loved the swimming pool and the beds also!” Matthew Shalless
“We received great hospitality and the cricket wickets are wicked!” Jos Heaver
To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy Click Here
The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments and pueblo villas normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.
A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications, including A Level, Pre U, the IB and BTEC, with a bilingual section for native French or Spanish speakers.
Whitgift’s sport is at the forefront of achievement, with over 120 national titles won in the past five years. More than 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, cricket, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.