• From: ECB - England Cricket Board
  • Date: 10th January 2018
  • Subject: ECB Pace Programme successful 5-day training camp

Eight (8) members of the ECB Pace Programme, accompanied by four (4) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day training camp between Saturday 9th – Thursday 14th December 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.

 

Kevin Shine, National Lead Pace Bowling Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This was my first visit to Desert Springs and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the Resort is so well known for golf. However, the ECB Pace Programme has just enjoyed one of its most productive weeks so far. The facilities and staff are simply excellent and we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome. Many thanks to all at Desert Springs, we will most definitely be back!”

 The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting, bowling & 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 during their winter programme which includes warm-weather training in South Africa early next year at the High-Performance Institute for Sport at North West University’s Potchefstroom campus. After their return from South Africa, The Pace Programme will be returning to Desert Springs Resort once again from February 27th – March 3rd, 2018.

 

 Rob Ahmun, National Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach remarked;

“Many thanks for a fantastic week. The gym facilities have now been taken to a new level, absolutely perfect for an elite training camp.

 

Ben Langley, National Lead Physiotherapist commented;

 “I can’t think of a better place to come for a week of intensive training. Comfortable accommodation, quality food and great facilities. The service levels at Desert Springs certainly ensure that your experience meets your expectations.”

 

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

 

Jamie Overton, “Cricket at Desert Springs just gets better and better, really looking forward to seeing the new Oval completed. Thank you for another great visit.”

 

Jamie Porter, “So good to be training outside in December! The weather was fantastic and the Resort was perfect for everything we required, many thanks to everyone at Desert Springs.”

 

Reece Topley, “Thank you to all of the staff for looking after us so well. Gorgeous warm weather and great facilities.”

 

Toby Roland-Jones, “What a beautiful resort with excellent facilities.”

 

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 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 award-winning ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

  • From: Oundle School
  • Date: 8th January 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Oundle School Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 5-day Football Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Oundle School footballers are now back in England having completed a successful five (5) days of warm weather football and fitness training between Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th January at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Football Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 

Thomas Galbraith (Oundle School Football Coach) along with four members of supporting staff, accompanied twenty-five (25) players who completed strength and conditioning training and football practice and skills sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming season.

Oundle School Tour Leader, Matt King remarked:                                                                                                                    

“A very special few days. A huge thank you to everyone. All of our needs were catered for, with so much understanding and flexibility. The football facilities were outstanding and the food was superb. The students were all treated like adults and made to feel like professional elite athletes, which aides their personal development and character no end.”

 

Oundle School Football Coach, Thomas Galbraith commented:

“Excellent quality football pitch with great changing room facilities, superb food and accommodation!”

The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.

 

Oundle School football players said of their training experience at the Desert Springs Football Academy:

 

“Facilities matched in its excellence by accommodation and food, epic resort!” George Elborne

 

“Excellent footballing facilities, and a great surface. Thanks so much, I had a lovely time here!” George Fordy

 

“Fantastic facilities, really nice pitch and great under floodlights!”  Freddie Goddard

 

“Amazing place and surroundings. Great sports facilities.” Jack Krempel

 

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 dining in El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU)
  • Date: 8th January 2018
  • Subject: Comments from ILGU Management, Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Between Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 6th January three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) accompanied seven (7) players representing the U18 and U21 International squads to complete the first of two scheduled 4-day warm weather winter training camps at the Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 

The training camp utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy, where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy, prior to the players taking their games to The Championship Indiana Course. The players and officials 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 dining each evening in El Torrente Restaurant.

 

“Had another brilliant week, really enjoy coming here, the facilities, course, food and staff are top class!”

That was the verdict of 16-year-old Annabel Wilson, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

 

Johnny Foster, ILGU Head Coach commented:

“Another wonderful trip, amazing weather, top facilities and superb hospitality as ever.”

 

Anne Ferguson, ILGU Director of operations commented:

“Super helpful staff made everything so easy, thank you for everything!”

 

Comments from ILGU International Squad Members respect to their experience of the training camp were;

 

“Fantastic facilities, food and staff, looking forward to my next visit.” Chole Ryan

 

“As always we had another amazing trip. The facilities, weather, accommodation and staff were great. Looking forward to next time.” Olivia MeHaffey

 

“Such a fantastic place, we have loved our visit once again. Great facilities, great food and great staff.” Paula Grant

 

“This was my third trip here and it keeps getting better!” Jessica Ross

 

“Another really enjoyable trip to Desert Springs. Top-class facilities and the staff are lovely!” Shannon Burke

  • From: Hotel Honest Reviews / Trip Advisor
  • Date: 04th January 2018
  • Subject: Comments from a guest visiting Desert Springs Resort

Beautiful and Peaceful Resort

“Houses are amazing with everything you need with the backdrop of the golf course.
 

Pool was perfect and private.

Rooms were spacious and clean.

2 restaurants on the grounds, the golf club in particular was amazing for lunch and breakfast.

Lovely grounds to walk around as well.

Plenty of restaurants and a supermarket about 15mins away from the hotel by car. Some amazing restaurants along the coast in a town called Garrucha.

Perfect for a family holiday!

  • From: ECB Young Lions
  • Date: 23rd November 2017
  • Subject: Comments from the ECB Young Lions Management, Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 3-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Eighteen (18) members of the ECB Young Lions Squad, accompanied by eleven (11) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 3-day training camp between Saturday 11th – Tuesday 14th November 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.

 

Matt Hipwell, Team Manager remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“The resort staff couldn’t do enough to ensure that we had a comfortable stay. We felt very secure during our visit. The accommodation was excellent.”

 

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting, bowling & 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 during their winter programme which continues with a Tri-Series in South Africa also including Namibia, as all three teams continue preparations for the ICC Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand in January.

Team meetings, catering provided at the Crocodile Club restaurant, fitness sessions at the Sierra Sports Club Gym and study sessions for the players to complete university work were all on the agenda.

 

Richard Dawson, Spin Bowling Coach remarked of his experience;

“The accommodation was really comfortable, lovely setting, good number of nets and additional space for fielding.”

 

Chris Taylor, Fielding Coach commented;

 “Didn’t want for anything. Hospitality first rate, service levels exceptional. Extremely enjoyable trip.”

 

Andy Mitchell, Strength & Conditioning Coach said;

“The upgraded gym facilities have really added value to our training and allowed our young athletes to continue their elite athletic development.”

 

Andy Hurry, Head Coach commented of the training camp;

“Operationally and logistically, outstanding!”

 

Some of the players views of the training camp were;

“Amazing facilities in a great location which allowed us to train in similar conditions to South Africa” Adam Finch, “Excellent outdoor facilities, great accommodation and food” Tom Scriven, “Amazing facilities, great place to get some warm weather training” Dillon Pennington, “Excellent facilities, awesome resort!” Harry Brook, “Great accommodation and food, excellent facilities” Prem Sisodiya, “Outstanding facilities in a picturesque setting” Tom Lammonby, “Class, loved it all!” Roman Walker, “Lovely to get outside at this time of year. Beautiful setting with class facilities” Ethan Bamber, “Quality facilities, excellent food” Luke Hollman, “Delicious food” Fin Trenouth, “Accommodation brilliant!” Tom Banton,

  • From: Sussex CCC Academy Coaches & Squad members
  • Date: 8th November 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Sussex CCC Academy Team Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Nine (9) members of the Sussex County Cricket Club Academy Squad aged between 16 – 19 years of age, accompanied by three (3) members of coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day training camp between Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th November 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.

 

Carl Hopkinson, Sussex CCC Academy Director remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

 

“An excellent facility which really enabled us to improve and develop our young players. The nets were of a high quality and lasted well throughout our visit.

 

The staff at the resort are all so friendly and couldn’t do enough to make our camp a success.

 

Having been away with international teams, the service we received was on par with those experiences!”

 

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to work seriously on their batting, bowling and fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific and concentrated programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape, and understand and appreciate what it means to become a Sussex CCC player.

Team meetings, strength and conditioning training at the gym and catering provided at the award-winning ‘El Torrente’ restaurant was all part of the squads’ itinerary.

 

James Kirtley, Bowling Coach remarked of his experience;

“A proactive service, centred around high quality surfaces with a flexible approach that still has the ability to keep the attention to detail.”

 

Michael Yardy, Batting coach commented of the training camp;

“Great facilities, organisation and care from the staff. This ensured that the boys had both a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience.”

 

The views of some of the players of their experience of the training camp were;

“Thank you for looking after us so well, the facilities are amazing!” Harrison Tegg.

“Its’s so cool to be able to train and practice where the England Team do!” Scott Lenham.

“Perfect sunny weather in November, thank you for a great week!” Henry Crocombe.

“Great facilities, great food, great weather, really friendly staff, what more could you ask for!” Jamie Atkins.

“Awesome resort for a cricket camp, can’t wait to come back and see the Oval being used.” Thomas Gordon.

“Great food, great facilities.” Oliver Carter, William Sheffield & William Collard.

  • From: Keith Greenfield, Director of Cricket Sussex CCC
  • Date: 7th November 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Keith Greenfield, following Sussex CCC Academy’s successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Hi All

This is just a quick email to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff at Desert Springs for the way our current Sussex Cricket group who visited you last week were looked after, Carl, Michael and James could not have asked for more, they really wanted to highlight how fantastic Kirk was for them, he could not do enough, and they really appreciated this, but I do not have his email address so please pass this on.

Sorry I couldn’t make it down during the camp which I had hoped to do, but been a fair bit back here to sort out since the end of the season, but maybe soon.

Anyway thanks once again.

Regards, Keith

Keith Greenfield
Director of Cricket
Sussex Cricket
The 1st Central County Ground
Eaton Road, Hove
East Sussex, BN3 3AN

www.sussexcricket.co.uk

  • From: ECB England Women Seniors Academy Team
  • Date: 4th November 2017
  • Subject: Comments from England Women Seniors Academy Team Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 7-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

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

  • From: Busymumme
  • Date: 4th November 2017
  • Subject: A TRIP ADVISOR TESTIMONIAL

EVEN BETTER SECOND TIME AROUND!

Even better second time around!

Fabulous weather, villa as good as before, lovely people, delicious food in the club house.

Everyone so welcoming and helpful… planning on trip 3!

This time we flew to Murcia, a little bit further transfer to the resort but actually an easier journey and the airport was incredibly clean and well laid out.

We hired a car through Centauro which was very good value and efficient.

Neil the golf coach was excellent and so encouraging for the children and the tennis coach was incredibly good value.

Evening out in Vera was well worth doing and a trip to the beaches nearby was great fun.

 

Room Tip: BUENA VISTA 9 is on the second green, lovely walk to the club house.

  • From: James A
  • Date: 16th October 2017
  • Subject: JAMES A TRIP ADVISOR TESTIMONIAL

Golf weekend 

 

Beautiful location an hour away from the Almería airport
Views are stunning
Complex very spacious there are villas apartments to choose from
Very clean and tidy
Club house offers a nice restaurant very good menu
Then there is the golf
Tough course for a novice fabulous course for a decent player course is long but amazing tough but rewarding

 

 

 

  • From: Mark Wood
  • Date: 17th August 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Mark Wood, Durham CCC and England Cricketer following his 3-day break at Desert Springs Resort

My stay has been fantastic.

Every time I have been here, this is my third time, twice with the England team on a cricket camp, and this is my first time as sort of a holiday with my partner, I have always enjoyed it, always been treated very well, the food is great and the resort, although beforehand I thought it was a golf resort, this time I found it more of a family resort. A lot of families here, a lot of children, and you get that family feeling in which everyone is eating together, kids playing, etc.

The gym facilities have been top draw, that’s one of the pluses of coming here. I spoke to the England Physio, Ben Langley and he suggested I come here because I can do my gym work and he knows you have all the facilities, I can jump in the pool and I can get on the bike!

The gym itself is top draw, I can do my weights program and exercises.

At the minute, I have a bit of a bruised heel, so I can do anything apart from bowling, so I played some golf, which is pleasing. The golf was fantastic, although I saw a bit more of the golf course than I would have liked. Fantastic facilities for those who want to play golf, particularly once you go over the back of the course and you see the backdrop of the hills and mountains with some great views and the course is well kept. Overall this is a top draw facility all round, just great!

Accommodation was top draw, could not have asked for any more. Stay was fantastic, facilities were fantastic and people just as good!

 

  • From: London Golfer / TripAdvisor
  • Date: 23rd July 2017
  • Subject: Comments from a guest visiting Desert Springs Resort for the first time

Really impressed 

We have been saying for a couple of years that we should visit , well it was well worth a Sunday afternoon out.

We had a superb lunch in the main restaurant on the beautiful terrace and for such an upmarket resort we had a good fill with wine for under 50 euros (unusually when in Spain I had a roast beef Sunday lunch, outstanding).

We then hired a golf buggy and did a tour of all the holes in anticipation of playing the course soon, I was very impressed although there was not one other person on the course, maybe because it was 33 deg c ?

Then finished off with a bucket of balls on the range

The green fees are currently 140 euro for two incl. a buggy, not bad for such a quality course.

Can’t wait to return.

 

  • From: Will Moorcroft
  • Date: 26th June 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Will after his group golfing break in June at Desert Springs Resort

Great weekend golfing with friends

 

From the first minute we arrived we were warmly welcomed, and that continued throughout our stay.

The apartment had everything we needed, and was in a perfect location to access the crocodile club, which offered a lovely outside pool and evening dining.

For us as a group the golfing was the most important part of our holiday, and we were not disappointed.

The course was in a perfect condition and great fun to play, with the caddy master great at organizing our clubs and tee off times.

All in all we all had a great trip and look forward to returning soon.

 

 

  • From: Moray
  • Date: 18th June 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Moray after their golfing break in June at Desert Springs Resort

Great Golf Resort

 

We rented an apartment for the week with unlimited golf.

The golf is superb as is the practice area.

Apartment was clean and spacious.

The clubhouse is excellent.

Lovely restaurant and a very good menu.

Really enjoyed our stay and will return.

  • From: Zandy N
  • Date: 3rd June 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Sandy after there group golfing break in June at Desert Springs Resort

Ideal Golfing Trip

A big group of us headed out to Desert Springs in June and weren’t disappointed.

The golf course was in fantastic condition and a real joy to play.

The clubhouse was perfect for pre-round breakfast and post-round refreshments.

The evenings were spent in the picturesque ‘Crocodile Club’ where we could all get together, eat some delicious food and relax by the pool.

The accommodation was very comfortable and the staff were particularly helpful all weekend.

Would definitely recommend.

 

 

  • From: Tariq Alhumaidhi
  • Date: 3rd June 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Tariq after his golfing break in June at Desert Springs Resort

A SUNNY DELIGHT

An incredible resort where one is left wanting for nothing.

The staff were exceptional and made us all feel very welcome all weekend.

Spending our evenings in the always atmospheric Crocodile Club was a great way to unwind from a round on the challenging but stunningly picturesque golf course.

The rooms were spacious and extremely comfortable – I couldn’t recommend Desert Springs highly enough!

 

 

  • From: Andrew Strauss
  • Date: 23rd May 2017
  • Subject: Message from Andrew Strauss following England Cricket Team Champions Trophy Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Simon,

Now that we are safely back in the UK, and the Cricket versus South Africa is about to begin, I would like to thank you and the rest of the team at Desert Springs, especially Kirk, for the time and effort that you all put in to ensure that the Training Camp was a success.

We certainly couldn’t have asked for more from your team, and I am very hopeful that this invaluable time will greatly benefit the England side as it embarks on a busy summer.

I look forward to catching up soon, and many thanks once again.

Andrew

  • From: England Cricket Team
  • Date: 19th May 2017
  • Subject: Comments from England Cricket Team Coaching Staff and Players after their succesful Champions Trophy Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

 

 

Fifteen (15) members of the England Cricket Squad, accompanied by twelve (12) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-series bonding and training camp between Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th May in the build up to the Champions Trophy 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.

 

Trevor Bayliss, ECB Head Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“An environment full of opportunities to do not much at all or work as hard as we did these 4 days! Thanks for the hospitality.”

 

The focus of the training camp was to ensure that Eoin Morgan’s side are in the best possible shape – not just for the Champions Trophy, but also for the three-match series against South Africa beginning at Headingley on May 24th.

The camp was designed to be a relaxed affair, to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their fielding skills and fitness levels, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resort facilities with planned bonding activities.

Players mobilisation around the resort via mountain bikes, a couple of rounds of golf on the highly acclaimed championship Indiana course, team meetings and social evenings at the Crocodile Club restaurant were all par for the course!

 

 

England ODI Captain Eoin Morgan remarked of his experience;

“What an amazing time we have had here. Everything from the service to the facilities has been as good as we get anywhere in the world!

I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making our camp the best!”

 

England Captain Joe Root commented;

“It’s been an outstanding few days. Everything has been run extremely well, great facilities, weather and golf course!

Thanks for a very enjoyable and beneficial trip!”

 

Jos Buttler remarked of his experience;

“Thanks to everyone at Desert Springs, another fantastic stay with the service to match, everyone has been so accommodating of our every need.

The facilities and villas have been awesome, as is the golf course and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!”

 

Dr. Mark Wotherspoon, ECB Team Doctor commented:

“Another fantastic few days. Excellent hospitality, facilities & food etc.

People were available, willing and able to help whenever needed, a really great few days!”

 

Phil Neale, England Team Operations Manager remarked;

“Once again a really enjoyable stay, great hospitality and training facilities and excellent food!”

  • From: Bussymumme
  • Date: 27th April 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Bussymumme after her family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in March 2017

We had the most exceptional time. The villa was sensational, so clean and in great order. The staff were incredibly helpful and willing to do anything that was asked. We took a 10 and 8 yr old boy who both had a great time. Neil the golf coach was outstanding and the tennis coach was top class. We also took a 6 yr old girl who happily walked around the course with us, played in the playground for hours and was generally happy to hang out. The breakfast in the golf club was far too good with exceptional service.

This was our first trip but certainly not our last. I could not recommend somewhere more for an active family holiday. The weather in March was ideal, sunny but not too hot. (not really swimming in the unheated pool weather unless you had played 18 stressful holes!)

The local markets were really quaint and some good bargains to be found. Delicious fruit and veg as well as some good fakes!

GIVE IT A GO!

  • From: Wim H
  • Date: 12th April 2017
  • Subject: Comments from W Him after visit to Desert Springs Resort
“Beautiful resort”
Fantastic landscaped resort with golf.
Two restaurant-bars, you really feel like in the desert in terms of planting and construction.
Long access road, in style and architecture built houses apartments.
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