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The Desert Springs Cricket Academy

The Desert Springs Cricket Academy, conveniently located within the resort, within walking distance from team accommodations, comprises an international size world-class quality grass pitch complimented with floodlights, shower and changing facilities.

Cricket Academy training facilities comprise; twenty-four (24) grass wickets and run ups with nets, one (1) artificial wicket with nets, a full length artificial grass wicket, a Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28 ball feeder, requisite training equipment and a specific hard standing area, which provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area.

The cricket ground with an eighteen (18) wicket square, constructed to ECB standards and specifications will be ready for play in February 2018 and will be open all year round. Complimented by a Marquee pavilion, sightscreens, scoreboard, sprint strips, and associated facilities, it provides an outstanding facility to practice and play cricket.

The excellent standard of the Cricket facilities, first-rate organisation and service have made it the preferred venue of a number of high profile Professional, School, College & University teams; Lancashire CCC, Sussex CCC, Glamorgan CCC, Middlesex CCC, Somerset CCC, Yorkshire CCC, Solent University Cricket Club, Durham MCCU, MCC Women’s Young Cricketers, Trent & Radley College, Blundell’s & Whitgift School to name but a few, both for pre and winter-season training camps, team building and bonding, players re-habilitation and in the run-up to important matches and competitions.

In 2015, the Academy was host to the England Cricket team Pre-Ashes Training Camp and most recently hosted the England ODI team for a 4-day training camp prior to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Tournament.

Everything a cricket team requires is provided for, from the world-class quality of the Cricket Ground & Academy, resort accommodation of the highest standards, full catering services, a host of other activities such as golf and tennis, a fully equipped Sports and Fitness Centre… and the dedicated services of our highly experienced staff.

"The Desert Springs Cricket Ground and Academy provides a world-class year-round training environment in an ideal climate for; competitive matches, player rehabilitation, team bonding and pre-season training camps for Professional Clubs, Senior and Junior School teams and College and University teams throughout Europe."

Sir Ian Botham, OBE


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Club Services

Your Club will benefit from the personalized coordination services of our experienced Sports Group Department, who will attend to your every need before and throughout your stay at the Desert Springs Resort.

Services can be tailored to each individual team’s requirements, but typically include:

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation in and out of the resort
  • Cricket pitch reservations
  • Sierra Sports & Fitness Club reservations
  • Accommodation reservations
  • Activity reservations
  • Full catering and dine-around programmes
  • Laundry services
  • Organisation of Cricket matches against local teams
  • Security services and vetting
  • Entertaining programmes for accompanying partners



A twice-daily laundry service for kits is available if required after morning and afternoon training sessions. Collection is arranged from the Resort Lodge Reception.

Laundry collected before 2:00 pm will be returned before 8:00 pm on the same day. If collected after 7:00 pm, the laundry will be ready before the training session the next morning.

Laundry is charged on a per kilogram basis. Extra-large plastic laundry bags are available on request.



We fully understand the importance of the particular dietary and nutritional requirements of cricket teams during their training breaks.

We provide a full catering service, which can tailor menus in collaboration with team management to suit these requirements.


Resort activities

The Sierra Sports & Fitness Club provides a wide range of indoor and open-air sports and fitness facilities for players, programmes for partners and club officials.

Available facilities include:

  • An Aerobics Gymnasium, with state of the art equipment
  • External Exercise Steps and Boxing Bob Punch Bags
  • Contra Current in Main Pool
  • Trim Trail with equipped Exercise Stations
  • Jogging Tracks
  • 2 Cushion Life Tennis Courts
  • 2 Cushion Life Paddle Tennis Courts
  • Beach Volley Ball Court
  • Mountain Bikes

Cricket Ground Specifications

Cricket Ground

  • Bermuda Pitch: 134m x 144m with boundary

Cricket Ground Facilities

  • Square 55m x 25m with eighteen (18) grass wickets
  • Boundary Ropes 500m
  • Mobile Pitch Cover 25m x 16m
  • Mobile Pitch Covers 25m x 6m
  • Marquee Pavillion
  • External Tables & Chairs
  • Toilets
  • Car Parking
  • Scoreboard & Stand
  • White & Black Sight Screens 4m x 4m


  • Rebound Nets
  • Slip Catch Ramps
  • Training rope ladders, slalom poles, discs and cones
  • Massage benches
  • Ice baths
  • Physiotherapy Table

Academy Pitch Specifications

Academy Cricket Pitch

  • Pitch: 100m x 64m
  • Sideline Extension: 5m
  • Baseline Extension: 10m

Additional specific Cricket Training Area

  • Twenty-four (24) bay grass wicket and run-up with nets
  • One (1) artificial grass wicket with nets


  • Full length artificial grass wicket
  • Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28 ball feeder
  • Training rope ladders, slalom poles, discs and cones
  • Slip catch cradle
  • Divisional pitch nets
  • Massage benches
  • Ice baths
  • Physiotherapy Table

Press Facilities

The Resort also has press and parking facilities.



The Lodge style of accommodation at Desert Springs is individually set around the Indiana golf course, in an extensive range of large luxury Country Houses, Country Villas, Pueblo Villas, Townhouses and Apartments. This makes for an extremely relaxed and sophisticated feel, ideally suited for each Club’s needs.

All accommodation is located within easy access of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy and all resort facilities.

Country Houses

Pueblo Villas


Country Villas



Photo Galleries

England Pre-Ashes Training Camp Team

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Sussex County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

Tom Maynard Trust Cricket Training Camp

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Marlebone Cricket Club Young Women's Cricketer's Training Camp

Middlesex County Cricket Club Training Camp

Trent College Cricket Squad

Cheltenham College Preparatory School