Eight (8) members of the ECB Pace Programme, accompanied by four (4) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day training camp between Saturday 9th – Thursday 14th December 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.
Kevin Shine, National Lead Pace Bowling Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
“This was my first visit to Desert Springs and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the Resort is so well known for golf. However, the ECB Pace Programme has just enjoyed one of its most productive weeks so far. The facilities and staff are simply excellent and we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome. Many thanks to all at Desert Springs, we will most definitely be back!”
The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting, bowling & fielding 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 during their winter programme which includes warm-weather training in South Africa early next year at the High-Performance Institute for Sport at North West University’s Potchefstroom campus. After their return from South Africa, The Pace Programme will be returning to Desert Springs Resort once again from February 27th – March 3rd, 2018.
Rob Ahmun, National Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach remarked;
“Many thanks for a fantastic week. The gym facilities have now been taken to a new level, absolutely perfect for an elite training camp.
Ben Langley, National Lead Physiotherapist commented;
“I can’t think of a better place to come for a week of intensive training. Comfortable accommodation, quality food and great facilities. The service levels at Desert Springs certainly ensure that your experience meets your expectations.”
A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;
Jamie Overton, “Cricket at Desert Springs just gets better and better, really looking forward to seeing the new Oval completed. Thank you for another great visit.”
Jamie Porter, “So good to be training outside in December! The weather was fantastic and the Resort was perfect for everything we required, many thanks to everyone at Desert Springs.”
Reece Topley, “Thank you to all of the staff for looking after us so well. Gorgeous warm weather and great facilities.”
Toby Roland-Jones, “What a beautiful resort with excellent facilities.”
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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 award-winning ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.
ECB Coaching & Management Staff; Kevin Shine (National Lead Pace Bowling Coach), Rob Ahmun (National Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach), Ben Langley (National Lead Physiotherapist) & Chris Molloy (ECB Operations) along with ECB Pace Squad Members, Jamie Porter, Reece Topley, Toby Roland-Jones, Jamie Overton, George Scrimshaw, Zak Chappell, Tom Barber & Paul Walter at Desert Springs Resort
‘ECB Pace Programme Bowling Training Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
‘ECB Pace Programme Gym Session’ at Desert Springs Resort