Winchester College Cricket academy players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Monday 10th – Friday 14th 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.

Winchester College Cricket Coaches, Paul Gover and James Burridge accompanied fourteen (14) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions, culminating in playing 4 games, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the 2017 season.



Winchester College Cricket Coach, Paul Gover commented:

“We have had a great trip and both the staff and the resort were fantastic.

The cricket facilities are excellent and the academy grounds staff were both extremely helpful and responsive, to the point of even switching the direction of the playing square.

We played 4 matches in 5 days coupled with extensive use of the practice nets!”


The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.



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

“The practice wicket facilities at the Cricket Academy were exceptional and the service we received throughout the resort was great!” Alec Younger

“Desert Springs provided both great facilities and gorgeous food.” Seb Byers

“The practice wicket facilities were simply fantastic and the food delicious!” James Passmore

Throughout the week we have been served great food and benefitted from excellent customer service from all of the resorts staff.” Tom Kidner

“The facilities at the Cricket Academy and throughout the resort are excellent. Our resort accommodation within the apartments was spacious and the resort staff were all very welcoming!” Kahan Shrivani

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket 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 dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.