• From: Lord Martyr
  • Date: Tuesday 20th November 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Lord Martyr following her golfing break at Desert Springs Resort

Excellent accommodation, golf and food

The self-catering accommodation was lovely, with a good-sized pool right outside our door.

We enjoyed the continental breakfast every morning and ate at the excellent restaurant every night where the food was very good and reasonably priced.

The golf manager Malcolm arranged all our tee times at Desert Springs and two other nearby courses and generally set up everything perfectly for us.

A very enjoyable and relaxing trip.

  • From: Iben C
  • Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Iben following her golfing break at Desert Springs Resort

Fabulous!!!

Arrived on a hot sunny afternoon to find a lovely clubhouse and a superb looking course.

We were seen straight away at reception where two girls took us through all the ins and outs of the resort.

Taken to “the lodge” for our accommodation which was far superior to what we were expecting. A lovely apartment on the ground floor spotlessly clean with a nice fully equipped kitchen.

I’m a chef and like to cook on holiday with locally sourced products and the kitchen was set up with everything I needed.

We ate in the clubhouse the first evening after having drinks on the patio. The barman made me a fabulous gin and tonic whilst giving me a lesson in how to pour the tonic to maintain the fizz. Loved it!!!

Food was fab and we went to bed very chilled out and relaxed.

Both my husband and I are single figure handicappers and found the course in great nick with a good degree of difficulty. Well maintained greens and lovely little touches like signage and sculptures dotted around.

Don’t even think twice. Just go ahead and book this resort for your holiday. We certainly can’t wait to go back.

PS there’s loads to explore in the area.

  • From: Richard Merriman
  • Date: Friday 26th October 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Richard of Repton International School Projects following his inspection visit to Desert Springs Resort

Good morning Simon,

I wish to express my grateful thanks and appreciation to you and your first-class Desert Springs team for your most generous hosting, through Nick, of Tom and myself over the past few days.

The trip was most illuminating and a fine insight into all the excellence on offer. Your setting, provision, facilities and staffing were all superb.

Can you please extend our grateful appreciation to Grace Romero, the most impressive Anthony Brooks and his grounds team especially Callum Bristow, Frank Siebrecht, who was most flexible and accommodating and Indre Sukiene who gave us a most enlightening tour of the region and for whom nothing was too much trouble.

I sincerely hope to be back and will most definitely be promoting the resort as a venue with colleagues, friends and clubs.

All good wishes,

Richard

 

  • From: Rob Worrell
  • Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Rob following his participation in The Alternative Ryder Cup at Desert Springs Resort

Kirk,

   I felt compelled to drop you a note following your quite magnificent running of the event.

   You were an absolute star as was your highly committed team – thank you so much.

   I have been a member for 5 years now during which I have never felt as welcome as I presently do.

   My guests are already recommending Desert Springs to friends and business colleagues.

   You were incredibly attentive, professional and above all approachable and kind.

   I don’t visit often but be assured the next time I do I’ll be dropping you a bottle in.

   All the best,

   Rob ( the bandit )

   Rob Worrell ACII

  • From: Juan C
  • Date: Thursday 9th August 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Juan following his holiday at Desert Springs Resort

Everything phenomenal!

A very rewarding experience!

Perfect to go with your family or your partner.

The apartments are very good and the food great.

All of the staff are very attentive and friendly.

In general, very happy, thank you. 

  • From: Antonio Jose
  • Date: Sunday 6th August 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Antonio following his holiday at Desert Springs Resort

Venue with a lot of charm!

We had great service and a great stay these past days, very attentive staff and good food in the clubhouse, excellent quality price.

100% recommendable.

The pool is great and nice to have it close with the August heat. 

  • From: Neil Wilkie
  • Date: Sunday 15th July, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Neil following his family villa holiday at Desert Springs Resort in July 2018

Rubén,

I’d like to thank you for all your help with the booking and introducing us to Desert Springs.

We’ve had an absolutely brilliant vacation – one of the very best we’ve ever had as a family!  

Desert Springs is a stunning resort with fantastic facilities, but more than that, every staff member we had the pleasure of meeting was courteous, efficient, engaging and thoroughly professional. It’s a really impressive and rare combination that we have really appreciated. 

The villa itself was exactly the right choice for us and was stunning. I’m not sure if you engage directly with the owners, but if you do, can you pass on our sincere thanks to them as well? 

I’m not sure I’ve ever written such a glowing endorsement for any holiday I’ve been on so thanks once again, you really helped us have the best vacation.

Kind regards

The Wilkie family

  • From: Jim
  • Date: Sunday 1st July, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Jim following his family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in June 2018

Stayed at Desert Springs in June 2018 in a villa on Desert Drive. Superb location with lovely views over the golf course.

Whether you play golf or not does not matter, it’s a great place to stay.

As usual the organization was excellent, and the villa well prepared on arrival. Local beaches are a 10-minute drive, but worth driving along the coast to San Juan which has a beautiful beach. Also, worth a visit is Mojacar Pueblo, a traditional white village with great views.

  • From: Debbie
  • Date: Saturday, 30th June 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Debbie following her groups break at Desert Springs Resort in June 2018

I visited Desert Springs with a photography party of 3 photographers and 2 models.

We found the villa in exceptional order and the kitchen was fully equipped with everything you need to prepare meals with local produce bought in the local supermarket.

The villa, pool, roof terrace and grounds were beautiful and ideal for us photographers to capture stunning images.

We visited the Crocodile Club on one evening which had a live band playing. We all enjoyed the bars cocktails on the terrace whilst listening to the band.

The staff were all amazing helping us to get settled in on arrival and recommend a few good local restaurants in the town. They spoke very good English which helped with our ropey Spanish. Highly recommended for any trip whether you’re a golfer or not.

  • From: B Man
  • Date: Monday 18th June, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from B Man following his family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in May 2018

Great Family Holiday

Another Family holiday at Desert Springs enjoyed by all, 6 Adults and three Children aged 6, 4 & 3.

We had a four-bedroom Villa, overlooking the 2nd tee off and the 1st Green, which was equipped to a high standard.

We all enjoyed the Pool and lounging in the garden Area.

We played golf a few times (and I lost several balls!) on the very challenging but enjoyable course.

The Staff at Desert Springs are very helpful and friendly, and I would recommend the Clubhouse and Crocodile Club.

This is a great place for a peaceful relaxing holiday and only a 15-minute drive from the beach.


We plan to return next year.

  • From: Abingdon Preparatory School Cricket
  • Date: 23rd April 2018
  • Subject: Abingdon Preparatory School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty (20) members of Abingdon Preparatory School, accompanied by three (3) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Tuesday 17th and Saturday 21st April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Abingdon Preparatory School Director of Sports Ashley David-Ward, supported by Jamie Ellis, Assistant Coach and Benny Webster, Sports Coach accompanied Twenty (20) players aged 11-12 years of age who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and match simulations on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Abingdon Preparatory School Director of Sports Ashley David-Ward commented:

“A fantastic experience for all of our boys. The cricket facilities were outstanding as was the accommodation. All of the staff were extremely helpful, and nothing seemed too much trouble! The food was very good and went down well with all of the boys and staff. We will definitely return!

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy, along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work.

A few of the Abingdon Preparatory School players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“The week was fantastic, and the cricket was exhilarating.” Will Hartley

“A brilliant week of cricket with perfect facilities.” Clem Davies

“Absolutely brilliant, everything spot on!” Sam Runsey

“The cricket pitch was just amazing, and the nets were stupendous!” Archie Leishman

“Excellent rooms and cricket facilities, I would definitely recommend to all!” Leo Carniaux

The squad also benefited from use of the Academy Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments and 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 the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Charterhouse School Cricket
  • Date: 16th April 2018
  • Subject: Charterhouse School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty (20) members of Charterhouse School Cricket, accompanied by four (4) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day pre-season training camp between Monday 9th and Saturday 14th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Charterhouse Director of Cricket Martin Bicknell and three (3) members of Charterhouse School Coaching Staff accompanied Twenty (20) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and competitive matches on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Charterhouse School Director of Cricket, Martin Bicknell commented:

“Desert Springs provides World Class facilities only two hours away by plane with exceptional staff!”

The Charterhouse squad also benefited from two (2) days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating two competitive fixtures against the Rowse Academy XI who were also at the resort for their own pre-season preparations during the same period.

Charterhouse School Director of Sport, Nicholas Beasant commented:

“Desert Springs is a sensational venue with excellent facilities and service. All of the staff really understand your needs, and nothing is too much to ask. Thank you so much.”

Charterhouse players remarked of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“I really enjoyed the trip. The cricket and resort facilities were excellent, thank you!” Nick Payne (Aged 15yrs.)

“Resort accommodation and all of the facilities are truly excellent, thank you!” George Barlow (Aged 18yrs.)

“Desert Springs Resort is an excellent place to come and stay in order to prepare for the season ahead. Wonderful facilities and beautiful weather!”  David Campbell (Aged 17yrs.)

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 the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Malvern College Cricket
  • Date: 15th April 2018
  • Subject: Malvern College complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty-two (22) members of Malvern College Cricket, accompanied by three (3) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Monday 9th and Friday 13th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Malvern College Director of Cricket Noel Brett, with Malvern College Cricket Coach Richard Coughtrie and Sports Coach Liam Smith, accompanied Twenty-Two (22) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and match simulations on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Malvern College Director of Cricket Noel Brett commented:

“We have had a fantastic time at Desert Springs and been looked after so well. The facilities are second to none and have been great for our cricket. We will definitely try and come back in the future.”

The squad also benefited from use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.

Sports Coach Liam Smith remarked;

“Awesome week! 10/10 cricket tour facilities, one of the best tours ever!”

Malvern College Cricket Coach, Richard Coughtrie commented:

“A fantastic week of cricket in the sun. The boys have had a wonderful week with great facilities.”

A few of the Malvern College players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“A brilliant week with amazing cricket facilities.” Will Hartley

“Sensational cricket tour!” Jamie Hawkins

“Beautiful accommodation and facilities.” Jack Whitfield

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments and 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 the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: The Rowse Academy
  • Date: 14th April 2018
  • Subject: The Rowse Academy complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty-seven (27) members of The Rowse Academy, accompanied by two (2) coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day pre-season training camp between Sunday 8th and Friday 13th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Rowse Academy Cricket Coaches Andy Rowsell and Bob Wincer accompanied the players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and competitive matches on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Rowse Academy Cricket Coach, Andy Rowsell commented:

“Another fantastic visit. Thank you for your exceptional service levels and taking care of our every need. We very much look forward to returning in 2019!”

The squad also benefited from two (2) days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.Two fixtures for the Rowse Academy representatives to compete against the Charterhouse School XI who were also at the resort for their own pre-season preparations during the same period were also played, allowing for practice to be put into play!

Rowse Academy Cricket Coach, Bob Wincer commented:

“Desert Springs is an outstanding resort with facilities to match. The new Oval is a wonderful addition to the cricket offering. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.”

Rowse Academy players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“This is my second time here and it just gets better and better!” Owen Tennant

“Amazing cricket facilities with excellent food, thanks so much!” Joe Harland

“Desert Springs is the perfect place for a cricket tour, the Oval is beautiful.” Luke Smith

“I loved my time here and can’t wait to come back, thank you!” Matthew Maloy

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 the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Whitgift School
  • Date: 9th April 2018
  • Subject: Whitgift School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, seventy one (71) members of the Whitgift School Cricket Squad, accompanied by ten (10) members of staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Neil Kendrick, Whitgift School Head of Cricket Performance remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This is the second time that we have brought out over 70 junior cricketers to Desert Springs. Yet again the staff at the resort have gone above and beyond to provide a fantastic cricketing experience. The addition of the main Oval is the icing on the cake and has meant that we have been able to deliver a true challenging match environment, sincere thanks to all.”

“The boys have enjoyed sensational facilities and the opportunity to train on first-class wickets and the food and service has both been great as always.”

“The boys have thoroughly enjoyed themselves with outstanding facilities and accommodation. A fantastic experience from start to finish.”

Those were the views of Whitgift School Cricket coaches James McCann and Ben Morris, respectively.

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling and fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific and carefully planned programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting as well as strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took place at the Cricket Academy. The squad also benefitted from 3-days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs with a varied programme that incorporated specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations and matches.

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

Matthew Roberts (aged 13 yrs.); “The resort is amazing. The cricket ground enabled us to play excellent cricket!”

Rahul Tangirula (ages 11 yrs.); “An amazing cricket facility. It has been great to get away to a place like this for pre-season. The food and accommodation were also first-class.”

Jaime Player (aged 12 yrs.); “Incredible! Everything I could have wished for for this tour. The food, service and facilities were amazing!”

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments and 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 at the ‘Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

  • From: ECB Physical Disability Squad
  • Date: 4th April 2018
  • Subject: ECB Physical Disability Squad complete successful 6-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Twenty (20) members of the ECB Physical Disability Squad, accompanied by six (6) Management, staff and coaches are now back in the UK having completed their six (6) day pre-season warm weather training camp between Wednesday 28th March – Tuesday 03rd April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 

 Ian Salisbury, Head Coach of England’s physical disability team remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“If you ever want the perfect preparation for a season, go to Desert Springs for your pre-season! Thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome.”

Chris Highton, ECB physical disability team Performance Analyst commented:

“Excellent visit, really well looked after, nothing was too much trouble. Hope to see you next year.”

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling 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 leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy, whilst strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work was completed at both the Cricket Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

A varied programme at the cricket ground involved training sessions comprising; throwdowns, slip catch fielding, outfield fielding practice and match simulations that all culminated in T-20 matches taking place at the new cricket ground at Desert Springs.

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

Matt Askin; “Desert Springs Resort is a fantastic facility with fantastic staff who will go above and beyond what would be expected to make us feel comfortable. A brilliant opportunity that we have made the very most of.”

James Nordin; “Outstanding facilities and staff. Everything we wanted or required was taken care of. The pitches and training facilities were first class, and the accommodation and food was excellent.”

Liam O’Brien; “Very good facilities and all the staff were very welcoming and helpful.”

Alex Hammond; “I loved my time here at Desert Springs! The facility is amazing, and all the staff were so helpful and polite.”

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.

  • From: New Farnley Cricket Club
  • Date: 4th April 2018
  • Subject: New Farnley Cricket Club complete successful 3-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, New Farnley Cricket Club are now back in the UK having completed their three (3) day pre-season warm weather training camp between Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th March at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Paul Hutchison, New Farnley Cricket Club Head Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“Having been to Desert Springs a number of times, I keep coming back for a number of reasons. The facilities really are sensational, matched by the levels of customer service, and when you are almost guaranteed great weather, then you’ve hit the jackpot! The cricket nets are perfect for our requirements at this time of year. Many thanks to all the staff.”

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling 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 leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took take place at the Cricket Academy.

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

William Swift; “A fantastic few days. Excellent cricket facilities and so good to be outdoors again in the sunshine!”

Andy Langley; “A brilliant trip. A beautiful resort and cricket facilities. Thank you.”

Alex Baldwin; “Practicing outdoors again after a long winter, heaven! We were so well looked after, thanks so much.”

Mark Mason; “Excellent visit. The food in El Torrente was the best that I have ever had!”

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: Leistershire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 23rd March 2018
  • Subject: Leicestershire County Cricket Club complete successful 5-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Leicestershire CCC) are now back in the UK having completed their five (5) day pre-season warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Saturday 17th – Thursday 22nd February Six (6) Leicestershire CCC management and coaching staff accompanied Sixteen (16) players who completed; grass net practice, both bowling and batting at the Cricket Academy, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work at the Academy Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club, and as part of their fitness programme the squad also completed a mountain bike trail route. The squad also benefited from the newly developed Cricket Ground at Desert Springs where they completed various practice sessions that included; throw downs, slip catch training and match simulations utilising the ground wicket.

Paul Nixon Leicestershire CCC Head Coach commented:

“An outstanding facility coupled with warm hospitable staff, all with a can-do attitude made our trip into a great experience for everyone. Impeccable service levels. Thank you. See you next year!”

Matt Mason, Leicestershire CCC Head Bowling Coach remarked:

“What a great environment to bring a team to. Great facilities which means players are happy and can focus on performance. Thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome.”

John Sadler Leicestershire CCC Assistant Coach remarked:

A fantastic facility. Exceptional staff and wonderful food. A superb environment to upskill as an individual and as a unit.”

Leicestershire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

Excellent facilities and very helpful and friendly staff.” Michael Carberry (Captain)

“Brilliant training camp at an ever-improving beautiful complex. Can’t wait to come back.” Paul Horton

“Brilliant facilities, very impressed with everything. Can’t wait to come back. A+” Lewis Hill

“Been great to get outdoors! Excellent facilities and very friendly and helpful staff.” Dieter Klein

“Brilliant all-round facilities with welcoming staff. Food is also of a very high quality. Hope to return one day soon.” Gavin Griffiths

“Very enjoyable and productive time at Desert Springs. Outstanding facilities and staff!” Tom Taylor

“Quality week. Cricket was excellent. High quality facilities.” Ben Raine

“Superb visit to Desert Springs. Great pitches. Food and service was excellent. Top class facilities.” Callum Parkinson

“Really enjoyed my time at Desert Springs. Service, food, and facilities were second to none.” Tom Wells

“Loved my time at Desert Springs. Outstanding service in all areas. Would highly recommend to anyone.” Rob Sayer

“Massive thank you to everyone involved in the running of Desert Springs. Everything from the service, to accommodation, to the food, has been exceptional and made sure that we had a really productive training camp” Richard Jones

“Thank you to everybody who has made this pre-season trip amazing. I have loved every minute of it!” Ateeq Javid

“Thank you for the great time spent at Desert Springs. My second time here and even better than the first. Brilliant facilities and excellent food.” Neil Dexter

“Huge thanks to all at Desert Springs for making our stay so comfortable. Can’t wait to be back!” Aadil Ali

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: Myerscough College Cricket
  • Date: 17 March 2018
  • Subject: Myerscough College Cricket complete successful 5-day training camp

Fifteen (15) members of the Myerscough Cricket Academy aged 16 -19 years, accompanied by two (2) coaching staff, are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day training camp between Sunday 11th – Friday 16th 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 Ground & Academy.

 

Liam Castellas, Myerscough College Head of Cricket remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This was a fantastic experience for our players. Brilliant facilities combined with exceptionally helpful staff allowed us to focus purely on our cricket. I will certainly be looking to return in 2019 after seeing the benefits of the visit to my squad.”

 

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 leading up to the commencement of the new season.

 

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took take place at the Cricket Academy and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

The squad also benefited from putting into practice all of their hard work by competing in two matches at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground against; The Pinitar Pirates U/19 and Cataluyna U/19, both of which they won!

 

Andrew Fletcher, Myerscough College Assistant Coach said;

 

“Desert Springs truly exceeded our expectations. We chose Desert Springs to provide our students an opportunity to bat and bowl on grass wickets to support their preparation for the upcoming season and the facilities provided were outstanding. Thank you to all of the staff, resort and ground staff, for all of their hard work in putting the finishing touches to a brilliant pre-season camp.”

 

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

 

Andrew Drake (Aged 18yrs.); “Great facilities and accommodation. Very helpful staff who looked after us so well. A great experience and trip, thank you!”

 

Nathan Bend (Aged 17yrs.); “Top quality in all areas, including the staff. It’s been so good we don’t want to leave!”

 

Callum Birtwell-Jones (Aged 18 yrs.); “Fantastic experience and facilities. We were made to feel so welcome by the staff and residents. I would love to come back and don’t want to leave!”

 

Zac Christie (Aged 18 yrs.); “Amazing facilities and even better experience. Wish I never had to leave!”

 

Ross Dickinson (Aged 17yrs.); “The great facilities and hospitality have really made this trip, thanks!”

 

Reece Willets (Aged 17yrs.); “The resort has both excellent cricket facilities and accommodation.”

 

Nicholas Pepper (Aged 19yrs.); “Excellent accommodation, great cricket facilities and brilliant service!”

 

Chris Wilson (Aged 18yrs.); “Top facilities, great hospitality, and the food and service is brilliant!”

 

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: Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 5th March 2018
  • Subject: Lancashire County Cricket Club complete second successful 4-day training camp

Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) have stepped up their preparations for the 2018 cricket season, having completed their second four (4) day warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 04th March, Sam Byrne (LCCC Team Physio) and Chris Benbow (LCCC 2nd XI Coach), accompanied nine (9) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions 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 and Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 LCCC Coach Chris Benbow commented: “Being able to train outdoors in February gives us a great opportunity to transition from indoors to our pre- season tour in March. Being back on grass is key for us during this time of year. Thank you for a great visit.”

 The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. Lancashire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

 

“Great facilities, thanks again for looking after us, look forward to seeing you next year. Simon Kerrigan

 

Excellent camp, fantastic food!” Tom Bailey

 

“Another productive visit, excellent facilities all round, thank you.” Liam Hurt

 

Sam Byrne, LCCC Team Physio remarked;

“Another excellent visit. We are so well looked after at Desert Springs and get all that we require cricket wise. Everything ran smoothly as usual, thank you to all the staff. See you next year.”

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned villas and 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 The Crocodile Club Restaurant.

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