Sussex County Cricket Club Head Coach Mark Davis (Back Row Second Right), Strength & Conditioning Coach Nicholas Lee (Back Row Far Right), Bowling Coach Jon Lewis (Back Row Third Right) and Physiotherapist Jon Marrale (Front Row Far Left) with players attending the Pre-Season Training Camp
Sussex County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful ten (10) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Monday 22nd February & Thursday 3rd March 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.
Mark Davis, Sussex CCC Head Coach and his team of three staff accompanied eight (8) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2016 season.
Mark Davis who made his Sussex debut in 2001 and took 188 wickets with his off-spin and made over 2000 runs across all three formats, commented:
“Desert Springs has ‘immense potential’ and could become a very popular destination for elite cricket teams.”
‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
‘Batsman Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.
Sussex CCC players said of their pre – season training experience at Desert Springs Resort:
“Another great 10-day camp at Desert Springs and the perfect preparation for the season ahead. Great facilities and weather and very well looked after by all of the staff at the resort, and I look forward to returning in the future!” Steve Magoffin
“This is my second time at Desert Springs Resort and its just gets better and better! This is great preparation for the season ahead and hopefully I will be back next year!” Ajmal Shahzad
“Great food and the practice facility is getting better each year. The staff are very friendly and very accommodating, Desert Springs has everything you want for a Pre-Season facility! ” Lewis Hatchett
‘Fielding Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
To view a video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy view: – Desert Springs Cricket Academy
The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned Villas & Townhouses 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 El Torrente Restaurant.