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Dateline: 10th January 2018
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Lancashire County Cricket Club Set To Return To Desert Springs For Two Pre-Season Warm Weather Cricket Training Camps

   

 

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Lancashire County Cricket Club will be stepping up their preparations for the 2018 campaign by completing two separate four (4) day warm weather training camps at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy between Wednesday 07th – Sunday 11th February and Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 04thMarch 2018.

 

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Each of the Lancashire CCC training camps will comprise seven (7) players and three (3) coaches, all of whom will be spending their time completing a specific and carefully planned programme of numerous training sessions each day covering technical skills, bowling and batting, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. As they will be outside and on grass, the squad will also be able to do fielding and throwing practice in realistic conditions, something not possible indoors back in the UK.

The players and coaches will be accommodated in some of the privately-owned Villas and Apartments at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

 

Almanzora Group Sales & Marketing Manager, Simon Coaker remarked: –

“Since their inaugural visit in 2013, Lancashire CCC have become a regular visitor to Desert Springs Resort and we are delighted to be welcoming them back once again this year for their pre-season winter training camps.”

 

For further Information contact:

Kirk Lovell
Tel. +34 647 414 899
E-mail: kl@almanzora.com

 


 

Dateline: 2nd March 2017
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Lancashire CCC Complete Pre-Season Cricket Training Camp
   

 

Lancashire County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Sunday 26th February – Thursday 2nd 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 Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

Glen Chappel (LCCC Head Coach), Sam Bryne (LCCC Team Physio) and Warren Hegg (LCCC Business Development Manager), accompanied eight (8) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.

LCCC Head Coach Glen Chappel commented: “It has been absolutely great for us to get some outdoor practice after a long winter of indoor training. The facilities have been outstanding and the service we have received has been first class. We already look forward to our next visit!”

Speaking of the grass wickets Glen remarked: “The wickets were a touch ‘spicy’ on day one but flattened out beautifully for the rest of the stay. The wickets lasted the full 4-days of heavy use, our ‘net’ wickets outside Old Trafford CG only last 3-days!

We are more than happy with the performance of the wickets, they are on a level with the ‘nets’ received at County Grounds back in England!”

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:

 

“Brilliant facilities.” Simon Kerrigan

Top draw 4-days, definitely coming again!” Tom Bailey

“Brilliant trip, top class staff and an enjoyable week had by all.” Kyle Jarvis

Brilliant facilities and great food!” Daniel Lamb

“Great facilities and impressed with the quality of the wickets.” Karl Brown

“Excellent facilities for cricket and golf and the villa we were accommodated in was excellent.” Josh Bohannon

 

Sam Bryne, Lancashire CCC Team Physio commented: “Desert Springs Resort is an outstanding venue for pre-season training, both the wickets and gym are brilliant, what a place for getting fit!”

Warren Hegg Lancashire CCC Business Development Manager added: “Desert Springs Resort is a first class facility with excellent customer service!”

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments 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 El Torrente Restaurant

 

For further information contact:

Kirk Lovell

+34 647 414 899
Email: kl@almanzora.com

 

Lancashire CCC Pre-Season Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs Cricket Academy

Back Row from Left to Right: Warren Hegg, Sam Bryne, Danny Lamb, Tom Bailey, Kyle Jarvis, Saquib Mahmood, Glen Chappel. Front row from Left to Right: Simon Kerrigan, Alex Davies, Josh Bohannon & Karl Brown

 

 

 


 

Dateline: 18th January 2017
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Lancashire County Cricket Club Set To Return To Desert Springs For Pre-Season Warm Weather Cricket Training Camp
   

 

Further to their initial visit in 2013 and with the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Lancashire County Cricket Club will be stepping up their preparations for the 2017 campaign by completing their four (4) day warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy between Sunday 26th February – Thursday 02nd March.

The Lancashire CCC training camp will comprise ten (10) players and two (2) coaches, all of whom will be spending their time completing a specific and carefully planned programme of numerous training sessions each day covering technical skills, bowling and batting, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. As they will be outside and on grass, the squad will also be able to do fielding and throwing practice in realistic conditions, something not possible indoors back in the UK.

The players and coaches will be accommodated in some of the privately owned Villas and Apartments at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

Almanzora Group Sales & Marketing Manager, Simon Coaker remarked: -

"We are delighted to welcome the return of Lancashire CCC for their pre-season winter training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy.”

 

For further information contact:

Kirk Lovell

+34 647 414 899
Email: kl@almanzora.com

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Dateline:  25th January 2013
Source:   The Almanzora Group
Subject: Sussex & Lancashire Cricket
Title: Desert Springs sign up cricket ace duo James Anderson and Matthew Prior
   

 

Lancashire and England fast bowler James Anderson and Sussex and England wicket-keeper Matthew Prior have followed in the footsteps of some of the leading names in sport by becoming ambassadors of the prestigious Desert Springs Resort in Almeria, Andalucía, south east Spain.

Anderson and Prior have followed the likes of Sir Ian Botham, OBE, generally regarded as being England crickets greatest ever all-rounder, and double Olympic Gold medalist Daley Thompson CBE, one of the greatest all-round athletes the world has ever seen in giving their backing to the five-star Spanish resort.

James Anderson is the fifth-highest England wicket taker of all time in Test cricket with 288 wickets in 77 appearances and is currently ranked sixth in the world Test bowler standings.

James remarked:

“Desert Springs has developed a fantastic reputation not only for golf and its additional sporting facilities, but also for providing a quality of lifestyle that all of the family can enjoy. That in particular is something our family is looking forward to during our visits to the resort throughout the year. It is a privilege to be an ambassador for them.”

Matthew Prior, the fourth-highest England wicket taker of all time has amassed 186 dismissals from 113 innings.  He was the first England wicket keeper to score a Test hundred on debut, taking just 105 deliveries and hitting 16 boundaries after coming in at number 7, and finishing on 126 not out, becoming one of only 17 English batsman to record the feat overall.

Matthew commented:

“Desert Springs is an outstanding venue which provides some excellent new cricket practice facilities for warm weather pre-season team building and training as well as players rehabilitation, and both James and I look forward to being part of its expanding plans for the future.”

  • For details of Cricket, Golf & Sports Training Camps, Corporate Golf Events, Meetings and Family Holidays at Desert Springs call 01242 680 116.

 

Additional background Information

Warm weather winter training camps at Desert Springs

Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, already well known as a resort specialising in family holidays is proving to be one of the most popular destinations for warm weather winter training camps for Golf, Football and Cricket among the growing number of schools with their own academies and teams in the UK.

The resort will be host this winter season to the Cheltenham College Cricket Junior School, Darren Clarke Golf School, Lee Westwood Golf School and the Hartpury College Football Academy to name but a few, where budding sports stars of the future can improve their skills.

All Sports Training Camps to Desert Springs are bespoke. If desired, the programme can include time away from the resort for some local sightseeing in what many regard as ‘the real Spain.’

During their stay attendees have opportunities to swim, play tennis and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, paddle tennis and beach volleyball courts at the Sierras Sports and Fitness Club.

Desert Springs is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes away by road; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook.

Accommodation is provided in the luxury apartments and villas available for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs. Meals are served in the resort’s Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club that is geared up for a wide variety of leisure activities and the award winning El Torrente Restaurant at the Club House.

A spokesman for Desert Springs said that, depending on the size of the group and its requirements, the total cost of a four-day trip for warm weather training, including flights, would work out at between £350 and £400 per person.

The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities at Desert Springs include:

  • The Par 72, 18-hole USGA Indiana golf course designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California; 
  • A golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour and LET players.
  • Two hard tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volleyball and two football pitches - one is a full-size grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games; 
  • Two cricket mobile cage nets with artificial wickets and a Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28-ball feeder.  A slip catch cradle and both full length artificial and grass wickets.  
  • A Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique; 
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a Jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar; 
  • A health and fitness club and spa. 

Awards

In 2005 Desert Springs won the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture.  In 2006, it was awarded the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development.   In 2007, the El Torrente Restaurant received the New Millennium International Gastronomy Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.

The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16°C (60°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the year.  Annual rainfall is less than 200 mm.  The Almanzora coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.

 

Reader enquiries:

Simon Coaker

The Almanzora Group Ltd

The Manor, Boddington, Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ

Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116

email: tag@almanzora.co.uk

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Dateline: 21st February 2013
Source:  The Almanzora Group Ltd
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Lancashire County Cricket Club completes a successful fortnight of warm weather fitness and cricket training at Desert Springs
   

 

Lancashire's players are now back in England having completed a successful fortnight of warm weather fitness and cricket training between 27th January & 10th February at Desert Springs Resort.

Two groups of six players completed three sessions a day for five days as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2013 season.

Phil Scott, Lancashire's Strength and Conditioning Coach said:

"Having dry weather and grass meant the players could really throw themselves into the fielding drills and increase the volume and intensity of their throwing and catching which is really important as they get closer to the season. The lads worked incredibly hard throughout the week, and since we've been back the gains they have made are already becoming obvious."

The training camps, which were a joint initiative between David Roberts Physiotherapy who has been Lancashire’s official medical services partner for the past 12 years and Desert Springs were also a great opportunity for new players to integrate into the team and spend time learning about the value of nutrition, diet, adequate rest and recovery techniques.

Sam Byrne – Physiotherapist, Lancashire County Cricket Club remarked:

“Desert Springs really is a fantastic place to bring your team or athletes to train. The variety of facilities from the immaculate grass training field and well-equipped gym, to the gruelling ‘Sand-Pit’ and ‘Hill Sprint’ all make for a great place to push your players to their limits while still having fun.

The accommodation is modern, spacious and comfortable, the staff simply cannot do enough to help you, and the Chef really does go out of his way to prepare extremely healthy and tasty options. All this, combined with the endless sunshine on your back makes it the perfect place to create a pure training environment for any team or athlete.”

Peter Moores Head Coach Lancashire County Cricket Club commented:

"After spending a week at Desert Springs with several of the Lancashire CCC professional squad I can thoroughly recommend it as a venue.

The excellent outdoor grass facilities provided us with the perfect conditions for fielding and agility work.

This alongside the gymnasium, sandpits and trim trail gave ample scope for varied and constructive training.

This all takes place in the idyllic setting of a golf course, which provides a perfect environment for hard work, in depth discussions and pure enjoyment.

By the end of the week not only had we gained knowledge and experience, but also as a team we had become fitter and stronger, not just physically but mentally.

The staff were outstanding in all aspects and the food was exceptional and completely tailored to our requirements. All in all a fantastic week for all involved."

 

For further information contact: The Almanzora Group Ltd
Email: tag@almanzora.com

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Training Group One – From Left to Right: David Roberts (Lancashire County Cricket Clubs official medical services partner), Phil Scott, Gareth Cross, Paul Horton, Alex Davies, Oliver Newby, Karl Brown, Tom Smith & Peter Moores (Head Coach Lancashire County Cricket Club).

 

 

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Lancashire County Cricket Club Catch Practice!

 

 

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Stephen Moore working hard during the Ramp Reflex Catch training session

 

 

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Training Group Two – From Left to Right: Gary Yates (Assistant Coach Lancashire County Cricket Club), Tom Baily, Luis Reece, Stephen Moore, Aaron Lilley, Steven Croft, Glenn Chapel (Captain Lancashire County Cricket Club), Sam Byrne (Physiotherapist Lancashire County Cricket Club)

 

 

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Lancashire boys’ strength conditioning training session at the Sierra Sports & Fitness Club

 

 

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‘Throwing at the Stumps’ training session


 

Dateline: 25th January 2013
Source:  The Almanzora Group Ltd
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Lancashire County Cricket Club Select Desert Springs To Host Two Week Warm Weather Training Camp
   

 

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, the Lancashire County Cricket Club playing squad will be stepping up their preparations for the 2013 campaign by doing some warm weather training at Desert Springs from 27th January - 10th February.

Over the course of the next two weeks, two groups of six players will be spending a week each at Desert Springs, completing three training sessions a day which will include strength work, running, and speed and agility work. As they will be outside and on grass, the squad will be able to do more fielding practice than would be possible indoors.

David Roberts Physiotherapy, who has been Lancashire’s official medical services partner for the past 12 years, arranged the sessions through their partnership with Desert Springs.

Lancashire physiotherapist Sam Byrne said: "The players are all desperate to bounce back out of Division Two and build on some impressive one day performances last year.

They have been working hard on their skills with Peter Moores and the coaches since late November and putting in the hard yards with Phil Scott our new Strength and Conditioning Coach in the gym.

Being able to get outside at Desert Springs, with the facilities and weather they have, will really give us the chance to increase the amount and intensity of physical training we're doing.

The bowlers will be able to start to run through on grass and we'll get plenty of high intensity fielding and throwing done in realistic conditions."

A spokesman for Desert Springs said: "We've been supporters of English cricket for a long time, and when Dave Roberts approached us with the idea of jointly sponsoring the team to come out to Desert Springs along with David Roberts Physiotherapy, we jumped at the chance to host them. We have hosted numerous football and cricket teams as well as school groups, and the quality of the facilities and service we provide, coupled with the food and weather, make Desert Springs the perfect one-stop-shop for teams to come and train."

 

For further information contact: The Almanzora Group Ltd
Email: tag@almanzora.com