ECB England Women’s Senior Academy Members; Emma Lamb, Ellie Threkeld, Charlie Dean, Katie George, Ellen Burt, Bryony Smith, Freya Davis, Georgie Boyce, Sarah Glenn, Hollie Armitage, Linsey Smith, Sophia Dunkley & Alice Davidson Richards at Desert Springs Resort
The thirteen (13) members of the ECB England Women’s Senior Academy Squad, accompanied by seven (7) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 7-day strength & conditioning and fielding training camp between Thursday 19th – Thursday 26th October 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.
Jonathan Finch, Women’s High Performance Manager remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
"It was a great way for us to start our winter programme and plan for 2018. The opportunity to train outdoors, combined with a lot of gym work, allowed us to maximize the value of the trip, and the staff at Desert Springs were excellent”
The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their 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, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resort facilities.
Players mobilisation around the resort via mountain bikes, team meetings, catering provided at the Crocodile Club restaurant and a training session held on the nearby beach were all on the agenda.
ECB England Women’s Senior Academy Management, Staff & Coaches
Anna Warren (England Women’s Medical Services Lead), Julie Paulding (Welfare), Stefan Kluzek (Doctor), Jonathan Finch (High Performance Manager), John Stanworth (Head Coach), Lara Barrett (Performance Psychologist) & Dave Osguthorpe (Strength and Conditioning Coach) at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
John Stanworth, Head Coach remarked of his experience;
"It was an excellent trip for us, and we’re grateful to everyone at Desert Springs for making us so welcome.”
Some of the players views of the training camp were;
"Fantastic resort” Emma Lamb, "Everything great, perfect camp!” Ellie Threlkeld, "Everything sensational, thank you!” Bryony Smith, "Everything perfect, what a beautiful place for a training camp!” Freya Davies, "Everything brilliant, thank you” Georgie Boyce, "Sensational resort for our training camp, thank you” Sarah Glenn, "Quality food and service, perfect place for our camp, thank you”, Hollie Armitage, "Thank you for such a sensational visit, everything was perfect!” Alice Davidson Richards
Information on Desert Springs
Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, is already known as a resort specialising in family holidays, however it has rapidly gained popularity as a centre for warm-weather training for cricketers, athletes, and footballers, as well as golfers and is proving to be one of the most popular destinations for sports warm weather winter training camps.
All sports camps to Desert Springs are bespoke. If desired, the programme can include time away from the resort for some local sightseeing in what many regard as ‘the real Spain.’
During their stay attendees have opportunities to swim, play tennis and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, paddle tennis and beach volley ball courts.
Desert Springs is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, 40 minutes by car; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, and Fly Thomas Cook.