Eight (8) budding young cricket superstars aged between 12-15 years of age attended the ‘II Root Academy Children’s Summer Coaching Camp’ accompanied by two (2) coaching staff between Monday 16th – Friday 20th August at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated ICC accredited Cricket Ground and Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.
Parent Sarah Dixon remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
“Another brilliant camp at Desert Springs Resort with top coaching from Nick Gaywood and Sameer Nayak. The cricket ground was in top condition and the children have had an excellent week.
They have had a mix of drills and match play, with dads joining in for a game on one afternoon.
We would highly recommend this camp to all 10-14 year olds who have a real passion for cricket, as well as their families, who can enjoy all the facilities Desert Springs Resort has to offer, whilst knowing that their children are learning so much more about the sport they love.”
The focus of the coaching camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to work closely with the coaching staff on key technical skills in their batting, bowling & fielding skills as well to take advantage of the ‘Semi Open Net’ facility at the match ground to create match style situations. The culmination of the coaching camp resulted in full match scenarios.
Attendee Thomas Ness remarked of his own experience of the camp;
The cricket ground and all the facilities were great.
The coaches were positive and experienced, and the general ambience was fantastic and the improvement I made was huge!”
Krishan Alkesh (County U14 player) remarked;
“I really enjoyed my first Root Academy Summer Camp. The facilities were excellent, and the camp has helped me improve my fielding, batting and bowling. The coaching was brilliant.”
Rory Grant (District U14 player,) said of his experience;
“The facilities at Desert Springs Resort were fantastic and I really enjoyed playing on such good wickets.
I hope to visit Desert Springs Resort again as I really loved my first visit here.
It was brilliant to get such good advice from experienced coaches like Nick Gaywood and Sameer Nayak and the villa we stayed in was excellent and I loved the pool there.”
Alkesh Lakhani Parent of his son who attended the camp commented;
“Since our son is a keen cricketer we liked the idea of combining a holiday in sunny Spain and cricket together. This is our first experience of Desert Springs Resort. The weather is awesome and the coaches, Nick and Sameer, have been fabulous with the children.
Our son has loved every minute of it, and when he is busy practicing parents and siblings get a great opportunity to soak up the sun, play in the pool and play golf.
We are thrilled with the experience of combining cricket with a holiday and would recommend it without a shadow of a doubt.”
The parents and players were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments and villas 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.