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

Six (6) members of the ECB Pace Programme, accompanied by four (4) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a second successful 5-day training camp between Tuesday 27th February – Saturday 03rd 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.

 

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

“This was our second visit during our winter training programme and it was the perfect finish to our camps. The facilities are superb and the staff made us feel so welcome. Thank you so much.”

 

After their return from South Africa, 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.

 

A varied programme of grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy. Throw-downs, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work were undertaken at both the Cricket Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

 

Ben Langley, National Lead Physiotherapist remarked;

“Another great visit. Everything that is required for a successful training camp is delivered at Desert Springs.”

 

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

 

Reece Topley; “A great trip made better by great service.”

 

Zak Chappell; “Desert Springs Resort is a lovely place with great facilities and beautiful views.”

 

George Scrimshaw; “This is a great place for a training camp, we had a lovely apartment, and wonderful food!”

 

Jamie Overton; “Thanks to all staff for another fantastic visit.”

 

Tom Barber; “Desert Springs is a great place. We were all extremely well looked after.

Excellent facilities and food. Thank you.”

 

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: Guernsey Cricket Board
  • Date: 26th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Guernsey Cricket Board Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 5-day Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, The Guernsey Cricket Board (GCB) have now completed their five (5) day pre-season warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd February Five (5) GCB management and coaching staff accompanied Twenty-Two (22) U’17 players who completed; grass net practice, both bowling and batting, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work, slip catch training and out-field fielding exercises with match simulations at the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs Resort.

 GCB Operations Officer Colette Gooding commented:

 

Desert Springs is a wonderful environment which has allowed our players to develop their cricket skills and ability as well as having a fantastic time and be involved in a range of activities. Many thanks for a great first visit and we hope to see you again next year.”

 

The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity that included volleyball and football during non-cricket time.

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

 

“This is possibly the best place to improve your game, amazing!” Nathan Le Tissier, aged 15 years.

 

“The resort has very nice accommodation and amazing cricket facilities!” Sam Gates, aged 12 years.

 

“For a brand-new pitch, it was brilliant, and so well cared for.”  Blake Carre, aged 13 years.

 

 “To say I was impressed with the facilities would be an understatement!” Harry Gent, aged 13 years.

 

This has been a great experience with great facilities and really nice staff. I would recommend it for any age group and ability.” Max Johnson, aged 16 years.

 

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.

  • From: Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU)
  • Date: 21st February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from ILGU Management, Coaching Staff and Players after their second successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Following on from the successful completion of their first of two scheduled training camps earlier this month, between Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th February, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) accompanied eight (8) players representing the U18 and U21 International squads to complete their second 4-day warm weather winter training camp at Desert Springs Resort.

 

 “Desert Springs is a fantastic place for both golf and leisure. Great facilities and lovely staff, we were so well looked after, many thanks!”

 

That was the verdict of 24-year-old Paula Grant, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

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.

 Donald Scott, ILGU Head Coach commented:

“Thank you to Kirk and all the staff for accommodating our team this week, the resort facilties and service were again top class!”

 

 Danielle McVeigh, ILGU Captain commented:

“5-Star service from all of the staff, extremely well organised and we were really taken care of, many thanks!”

 

Robbie Cannon, ILGU Strength & Conditioning Coach remarked:

“Superb service all week and we look forward to returning next year, we will just have to stay longer if we can!”

 

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

 “The place is just great, the greens are in fabulous condition with an excellent speed.” Giorgio Carr

 “A stunning golf course with excellent facilities and friendly staff.” Valerie Clancy

 “Great facilities with all of the staff being so friendly and helpful, thank you.” Sara Bryne

 “I had a really great week, thank you.” Annabel Wilson

 

The players and officials 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 each evening in El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: V European Schools Team Championships
  • Date: 16th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Coaching Staff and Players further to their attendance to the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’

Eighty-six (86) full time students accompanied by sixteen (16) coaches and staff representing; Millfield, Bradfield, Loretto, CT Sports, Reeds, Lancing & Whitgift School, competed in the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ at the Desert Springs Resort between Sunday 11th to Wednesday 14th February 2018.

 

The Team Championship was open to boys and girls of all ages with a maximum handicap of 24 and was held over 3 days (54-Holes). For tournament day one & two the format was 4 Ball-Better-Ball Pairs Stabelford Points. The format for tournament day three was team individual Stableford Points Scores being combined to achieve the Teams accumulative Stableford score.

 

Rick Valentine, Director of Golf at Loretto Golf Academy based at Scotland’s leading Scottish private boarding school, set in 85 acres of leafy campus just outside Edinburgh that provides an all-round education for just over 600 boys and girls aged 3-18, commented:

 Another fantastic visit to Desert Springs. All the staff were again first class throughout. The weather this year was just glorious. We are so well looked after, the pupils really do get a feel for playing in a ‘real’ event, they love it! Thank you to everyone at the resort, look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

Kevin Cademy-Taylor, Programme Manager at The CT Sports Academy remarked:

 “Overall we had an excellent week. The golf course was in great shape with the greens being particularly very good. The Caddy Masters looked after all our needs with a smile and a professional outlook every day. The Golf Reception were extremely helpful as were all the F&B staff. We will most definitely be returning as this is one of the best organised tournaments of the year for us.

 

Karen Nicholls, Millfield School Director of Golf, commented:

 “A fantastic visit once again. We are all made to feel so very special during the week. The feedback received from the pupils has been excellent. Very much looking forward to 2019 and trying to grow the event even more! Thank you to everyone at Desert Springs.”

 

17-year-old Sophie Caldon with a handicap of 3, from Millfield School remarked:

 “It’ll be sad to say goodbye to everyone here for the last time after four years, but every visit has certainly been something to remember. Thank you for all of your efforts. The course was in good condition as always and everyone made us feel so welcome. What a great experience!”

 

15-year-old James Gray with a handicap of 6, from CT Sports Academy remarked:

 “I enjoyed my time at Desert Springs so much! The course was in top condition all week and the off course facilities are outstanding. The staff were very helpful when practicing. Hope to be back next year.”

 

16-year-old Evdokios Demetrios with a handicap of 7, from Loretto School remarked:

 “I so look forward to coming to Desert Springs every year, I feel very lucky to have this experience.”

 

Neil Kendrick, Whitgift School Head of Cricket and Golf, commented:

 “Another brilliant week at Desert Springs. Everything is so well organised, nothing is left to chance. Look forward to seeing you all in April for our cricket camp, and most definitely we will be back for the Golf Championships again in 2019!”

 

18-year-old Alfie Fox with a handicap of +2, from Whitgift School remarked:

 “One of the best School trips I ever had, Kirk and his team couldn’t have set it up any better, thank you.”

 

12-year-old Joe Gould with a handicap of 16, from Reed’s School remarked:

 “It was the best from start to finish! Can’t wait to come back next year!”

 

The students, coaches and school staff were accommodated in some of the privately owned Apartments, Townhouses and Villas 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 and El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Gregor Brodie
  • Date: 16th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Gregory Brodie following his experience whilst attending the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ between Sunday 11th – Wednesday 14th February 2018

In my capacity as one of only two Bull 3D qualified biomechanics instructors globally and one of only 7 UKCC ASQ Level 4 coaches in the UK I travel a great deal. I am indulged and fortunate to be hosted by some of the finest resorts and clubs on the planet and have become accustomed to first class service.

 

As a student working through A Levels I was involved in the catering industry, working in many restaurants and numerous food and beverage organisations, so also feel I am well positioned to recognise quality service and food when I am exposed to it.

 

I am also a performance coach at Foxhills Resort (double rosette) and the PennyHill Park Resort (Michelin star).

 

In my capacity as head coach for Reeds School we recently visited Desert Springs resort. 

 

It is not often that you feel compelled to write to the managers of an organisation, but the level of service that I experienced at Desert Springs has compelled me to write to you sir. 

 

Professional, friendly, willing to go above and beyond normal requirements, efficient, attentive, caring, motivated, passionate, organised……I could go on and on. What I experienced, witnessed and the discussions I overheard and had with others left me in no doubt that what I had experienced was equivocal and indeed above what I have experienced anywhere in the world. This a view shared by everyone I talked to.

 

I want to thank you and your staff for what was one of the most impressive demonstrations of how to treat customers that I have ever witnessed and experienced. They are a credit to you sir and you are a credit to the owners of your resort. I would recommend your resort without reserve to any of my clients and will look forward to returning. You really must be commended for your achievements. Truly first class, professional service.

 

Kind Regards

Gregor Brodie

PGA Performance Coach

www.gregbrodiegolf.com

  • From: Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 12th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Lancashire County Cricket Club Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) are now stepping up their preparations for the 2018 campaign, having completed the first of two separate four (4) day warm weather training camps at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy.

 

Between Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th February, Mark Chilton (LCCC Coach) and David Roberts (Lancashire County Cricket Clubs official medical services partner), 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 Mark Chilton commented: “Desert Springs has provided us with an excellent 4-days experience. It serves its purpose completely as a training camp venue prior to the English season. The staff and food have been outstanding with service levels received impeccable.”

 

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:

 

“This is my second visit to Desert Springs, a fantastic facility and all-round resort with perfect weather for this time of year, thank you.” Karl Brown

 

“Brilliant facilities all round and a great few days training, see you next month for our second visit!” Simon Kerrigan

  

“It’s great to be back at Desert Springs, everything was top draw!” Tom Bailey

 

“Fantastic training facilities and perfect for this time of year and the weather was great to!” Liam Hurt

 

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 El Torrente Restaurant.

 

Lancashire CCC will be returning to Desert Springs between Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 04thMarch 2018 to complete their second pre-season training camp.

  • From: Hartpury College Golf Academy
  • Date: 10th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Hartpury College Golf Academy Management, Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 5-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Between Sunday 04th – Friday 09th February three (3) officials from the Hartpury College Golf Academy accompanied twenty-nine (29) students to complete their 5-day warm weather winter training camp 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 utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the PGA Instructors were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy prior to the players embarking on their rounds on The 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 the ‘The Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

 

Student George Bryant-Stroud of the England Regional Squad remarked:

“I can’t get enough of the practice facilities, the chipping green is so good, its perfect for my preparation for the season, thank you for a great week!”

 “I just love coming back to Desert Springs every year, what more can I say!”

 “Great golf course, great facilities and great service, thank you!”

 

 Those are the verdicts of Adrian Mylrea and Alex Sadler respectively, both 17-year-old full time students from the Hartpury College Golf Academy.

 

Matt Ellis: Golf Academy Manager & PGA Instructor at the Hartpury College Golf Academy remarked:

 “Another great trip.

The course was excellent as were the practice facilities.

The food was fantastic all week and all of the staff at the resort were most helpful. We really can’t fault our stay.”

 

Paul Johnson, Level One Tutor at the Hartpury College Golf Academy commented:

“I look forward to the trip to Desert Springs every year and it never disappoints. Great facilities and a golf course that I never get tired of playing and all of the staff were amazing as usual.”

 

Joanne Cawthorne, P.A to the Performance Director remarked:

“Fantastic facilities, the food was excellent and the welcome we received again was fabulous.”

  • 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.

 

 

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