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Dateline: 4th April 2018
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: ECB Physical Disability Squad complete successful 6-Day pre-season training camp at Desert Springs Resort

   

Twenty (20) members of the ECB Physical Disability Squad, accompanied by six (6) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 6-day pre-season training camp between Wednesday 28th March – Tuesday 03rd April 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.

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.”

 

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & 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 ‘Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

 

For further information:

Kirk Lovell
+34 647 414 899
kl@almanzora.com

The ECB Physical Disability Squad & Management at Desert Springs Resort

 

'Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

‘Match Day at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground’

 

‘The ECB Physical Disability Squad putting practice into reality at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground’


 

Dateline: 26th February 2018
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: ECB Disability Squad set to visit Desert Springs for Pre-Season Warm Weather Cricket Training Camp

   

Between Wednesday 28th March – Tuesday 3rd April, the ECB Disability Squad will be following in the auspicious footsteps of the ECB Test & ODI Team by stepping up their preparations for their 2018 cricket campaign by attending a six (6) day pre-season training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

The team training camp will comprise a full squad of Twenty-Four (24) players accompanied by Six (6) management and coaching staff, spending their time completing numerous training sessions each day.

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

A varied programme at the cricket ground involving training sessions comprising; throwdowns, slip catch fielding, outfield fielding practice and match simulations will culminate in both a 40/40 match and T-20 match taking place at the new cricket ground at Desert Springs.

In 2017 The England and Wales Cricket Board named Ross Hunter and Ian Salisbury as England’s first ever full-time disability cricket coaches.

Ex-England international Ian Salisbury appointed as new head coach of England’s physical disability team, whose side continues to build towards a world tournament in England in 2019 said;

“I am very humbled and honoured, especially knowing that we are the first two coaches in the world to be working full-time in disability cricket. This will create an environment that puts this team at the forefront of disability cricket in England and the world.”

Accommodation for the players and coaches is in some of the privately-owned apartments at Desert Springs Resort normally reserved for holidays and short breaks and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s Crocodile Club Restaurant.

 

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy Click Here

 

For further information:
Kirk Lovell
+34 647 414 899
kl@almanzora.com

 

The New Cricket Ground at Desert Springs Resort