Whitgift School at Desert Springs

 

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Dateline: 9th April 2018
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Whitgift School complete successful 4-Day pre-season training camp at Desert Springs Resort

   

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 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.

 

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!”

 

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 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.

 

For further information:

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

Whitgift School Pre-Season Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs Resortsort

 

‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

‘Match Day at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground’


 

Dateline: 19th March 2018
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Whitgift School set to Visit Desert Springs for Pre-Season Cricket Training Camp

   

Further to the success of their inaugural visit in 2017, Whitgift School, located in London, South Croydon will be following in the auspicious footsteps of Lancashire CCC & Leicestershire CCC by stepping up preparations for their 2018 cricket campaign by attending a four (4) day pre-season training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy between Tuesday 03rd – Saturday 7th April.

A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications with Whitgift’s sport at the forefront of achievement, with over 120 national titles won in the past five years. More than 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, cricket, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.

The Whitgift School team training camp will comprise Seventy-One (71) players accompanied by Ten (10) staff, all of whom will be spending their time completing numerous training sessions each day, which will include grass net practice, both bowling and batting and strength, running, speed and agility work at the Cricket Academy.

The squad will also benefit from 3-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.

Accommodation for the players and coaches is in some of the privately-owned apartments and townhouses 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 Whitgift School Class of 2017 - set to return to Desert Springs for their 2018 Pre-Season Training Camp

 

 


 

Dateline: 9th April, 2017
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Whitgift School Complete 2017 Pre-Season Cricket Training Camp

   

Whitgift School players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Monday 03rd – Friday 07th 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 Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 

Neil Kendrick and Paul Hindmarch, Whitgift School ‘Head of Cricket Performance’ and ‘Head of the Cricket Academy’ respectively, supported by eight (8) staff, accompanied seventy (70) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and matches, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.

Neil Kendrick ‘Head of Cricket Performance’ commented: “Having visited Desert Springs for the last few years with our Golf Team and experienced all that the resort has to offer, I was very excited at now bringing a large group of students for a Cricket Training Camp. Desert Springs has delivered on every aspect, the service levels are just sensational and nothing is left to chance. The children have all had an unforgettable week and we look forward to returning 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 golf on the championship Indiana course!

Whitgift School players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

 

“Great facilities, great food, great place!” Theo Saitch

 

Amazing Cricket Academy, great food & great staff!” Haydn Rees

 

“Absolutely amazing place with such happy and helpful staff!” Ben Cleaver

 

“The Cricket Academy is awesome, there is so much space and things to do!” Harvey Stedman

 

“Great place, awesome cricket facilities and they even have English TV!” Nathaniel Fitzpatrick

 

“The facilities are fantastic and the weather is just out of this world!” James Orakwe

 

“I have had so much fun and am so happy that I came!” Felix Curson

 

“The Cricket Academy facilities are unbelievable, and so is the Wi-Fi!” Archie Wait

 

“The facilities at the resort are great, I loved the swimming pool and the beds also!” Matthew Shalless

 

“We received great hospitality and the cricket wickets are wicked!” Jos Heaver

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments and pueblo 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 Restaurant.

A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications, including A Level, Pre U, the IB and BTEC, with a bilingual section for native French or Spanish speakers.

Whitgift’s sport is at the forefront of achievement, with over 120 national titles won in the past five years. More than 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, cricket, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.

 

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

Whitgift School 2017 Pre-Season Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

 

Whitgift School staff from Left to Right; Ed Borton (2nd XI Coach), Robbie Gunn (Assistant Academy Coach), Will Chaloner (Head of Academic P.E / U-15 Coach), Jordan Bell (U-14B Coach), Jason Kerr (Ollie Roberts U-14C Coach), Paul Hindmarch (Head of The Academy), Ben Morris (Spanish Expert), James McCann (U-13A Coach), Steve Kember (U-13B Coach), Neil Kendrick (Head of Cricket Performance)

 

 

 

 


 

Dateline: 30th March, 2017
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Cricket at Desert Springs
Title: Whitgift School Set To Visit Desert Springs For Pre-Season Warm Weather Cricket Training Camp
   

 

Whitgift School, located in London, South Croydon will be following in the auspicious footsteps of Lancashire CCC & Somerset CCC by stepping up their preparations for their 2017 cricket campaign by attending a four (4) day pre-season training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy between Monday 03rd – Friday 7th April 2017.

 

 

A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications, including A Level, Pre U, the IB and BTEC, with a bilingual section for native French or Spanish speakers.

Whitgift’s sport is at the forefront of achievement, with over 120 national titles won in the past five years. More than 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, cricket, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.

The Whitgift School team training camp will comprise Seventy (70) players and Twelve (12) staff, all of whom will be spending their time completing numerous training sessions each day, which will include grass net practice, both bowling and batting, strength work, running, speed and agility work. 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.

Accommodation for the players and coaches is in some of the privately owned apartments and townhouses 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.

 

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