Thirteen (13) members of the ECB England Women’s Senior Academy Squad, accompanied by seven (7) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 7-day strength & conditioning and fielding training camp between Thursday 19th – Thursday 26th October at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Ground & Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.
Jonathan Finch, Women’s High Performance Manager remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
“It was a great way for us to start our winter programme and plan for 2018. The opportunity to train outdoors, combined with a lot of gym work, allowed us to maximize the value of the trip, and the staff at Desert Springs were excellent.”
The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific strength and conditioning programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resort facilities.
Players mobilisation around the resort via mountain bikes, team meetings, catering provided at the Crocodile Club restaurant and a training session held on the nearby beach were all on the agenda.
John Stanworth, Head Coach remarked of his experience;
“It was an excellent trip for us, and we’re grateful to everyone at Desert Springs for making us so welcome.”
Anna Warren, Physiotherapist commented of the training camp;
“A sensational training camp, perfect for everything that we required for the visit!”
Some of the players views of the training camp were;
“Fantastic resort” Emma Lamb, “Everything great, perfect camp!” Ellie Threlkeld, “Everything sensational, thank you!” Bryony Smith, “Everything perfect, what a beautiful place for a training camp!” Freya Davies, “Everything brilliant, thank you” Georgie Boyce, “Sensational resort for our training camp, thank you” Sarah Glenn, “Quality food and service, perfect place for our camp, thank you”, Hollie Armitage, “Thank you for such a sensational visit, everything was perfect!” Alice Davidson Richards
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The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments 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 at the Crocodile Club Restaurant.
ECB England Women’s Senior Academy Members; Emma Lamb, Ellie Threkeld, Charlie Dean, Katie George, Ellen Burt, Bryony Smith, Freya Davis, Georgie Boyce, Sarah Glenn, Hollie Armitage, Linsey Smith, Sophia Dunkley & Alice Davidson Richards at Desert Springs Resort
‘Sprint Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy