Cricket @ Desert Springs

Far Left Matthew Maynard (Coach) & Far Right Dean Conway (Physiotherapist) with Tom Maynard Trust Academy players at Desert Springs Cricket Academy during their inaugural training camp in 2014.


Due to the success of their inaugural visit in 2014, The Tom Maynard Trust Academy has confirmed its return visit to Desert Springs Resort between 19th– 28th February 2015, comprising twelve professional cricketers from some of the UK’s first class counties and six supporting staff.


The 2015 intake will spend ten days at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy working on a carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.

Matthew Maynard will head the delivery of the programme.  Former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Australia all-rounder Ian Harvey and Head of Elite Coach Development at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Gordon Lord, are among those delivering specialist sessions to the players; and former England Head Physiotherapist, Dean Conway, is overseeing the fitness and physical work while the group is at Desert Springs.


The 2015 programme is being funded in its entirety by the Tom Maynard Trust.  In future years it is hoped the programme might form part of the ECB’s player pathway, designed to work with young and emerging county cricketers at the start of their careers as part of a programme helping them prepare for the UK county season.

To view a video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy view: – Desert Springs Cricket Academy


The players and staff will be accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.


Matthew Maynard remarked of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

“During our inaugural visit in February of this year the support we had on the ground was absolutely brilliant.  In fact the facilities, with so much space for fielding, room for kit, grass practice wickets and a bowling machine and pretty much all you’d need for a small group practicing outdoors for the first time in the new year year, were close to spot on.  There was no question of there being any need to look elsewhere for 2015, everything we need for a group of cricketers working outdoors early in the year is right here.”

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