Radley College complete pre-season cricket training camp at Desert Springs Resort


With the domestic cricket season now in full swing, Radley College have now returned to the UK after completing a successful four (4) day cricket training camp 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.

Between Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st April, Radley College Head of Cricket Simon Dalrylmple and Coach Andy Wagner, accompanied fifteen (15) players, aged between 15-18 years, who completed a carefully planned training programme that comprised grass net practice, both bowling and batting, strength and conditioning work, running, speed, fielding and agility work at the Cricket Academy.

Additionally, the players had the opportunity to put their practice into play when they competed in a quadrangular T20 Tournament against Bedford School and Shiplake and Winchester College at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the 2019 season.

Radley College Head of Cricket Simon Dalrymple commented:

“This has been our second visit to Desert Springs and the first time with the new oval in place. It makes for a perfect location for pre-season trips. The boys love the quality of the accommodation and the food, so being able to guarantee 3 fixtures before the season starts was invaluable. Staff and grounds staff can’t do enough to help make sure that you get the best out of your time here.” 

Radley College players said of their pre-season training experience at Desert Springs Resort:

“Great facilities and space for cricket with both the oval and training ground. The apartments were very pleasant with plenty of space. The food on offer every evening was really good. A brilliant place to play good cricket and have some fun.”

Harry Purton

“Very good pitches that all played very well. The nets were an excellent place to practice. Our apartments were excellent and there was plenty to do in our down time.”

Alex Haynes

“The view from the pitch was very scenic and it was a great place to play games. The nets were very useful along with the fridge in the changing rooms to keep the water cool. I loved the other facilities on offer, especially the putting green where we had lots of competitive action! Maybe we should make it a 2-week tour it was such good fun!”

Max Jardine-Brown

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

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


For further information contact:

Nick Gaywood
+44 (0)7793 558 132