Cheltenham College


With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, thirty-two students accompanied by eight teachers from the Cheltenham College Prep School will be returning to the Desert Springs Resort between 12th – 16th April for the ninth consecutive year to complete their annual 4-day pre-season cricket training camp.

The squad will be following in the footsteps of Sussex County Cricket Club and the Tom Maynard Trust who have already completed their training camps at the new grass wicket training facilities at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy.

The players will be completing two training sessions a day, lasting 3 ½ hrs. and 1 ½ hrs. respectively, which will include agility, fielding and batting practice.


Kim Parsley, the school’s assistant head and master in charge of cricket, says the aim will be to enhance batting, bowling, catching and throwing skills.


“We want to improve teamwork fielding as well as details like eye co-ordination, movement, agility, thinking and communication skills on the field,” he said.


With the new 6 bay grass wickets at the Cricket Academy, the bowlers will be able to start to run through on grass and the batsman play from realistic conditions from the wicket.

As in previous years, the programme will include time away from the cricket field and for the first time students will be receiving tennis and track coaching to widen the offering to the School.

To view the Cricket Academy at Desert Springs click here.