Matt Hipwell, Team Manager remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
"The resort staff couldn’t do enough to ensure that we had a comfortable stay. We felt very secure during our visit. The accommodation was excellent.”
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 continues with a Tri-Series in South Africa also including Namibia, as all three teams continue preparations for the ICC Under-19s World Cup in New Zealand in January.
Team meetings, catering provided at the Crocodile Club restaurant, fitness sessions at the Sierra Sports Club Gym and study sessions for the players to complete university work were all on the agenda.
Richard Dawson, Spin Bowling Coach remarked of his experience;
"The accommodation was really comfortable, lovely setting, good number of nets and additional space for fielding.”
Chris Taylor, Fielding Coach commented.
"Didn’t want for anything. Hospitality first rate, service levels exceptional. Extremely enjoyable trip.”
Andy Mitchell, Strength & Conditioning Coach said;
"The upgraded gym facilities have really added value to our training and allowed our young athletes to continue their elite athletic development.”
Andy Hurry, Head Coach commented of the training camp;
"Operationally and logistically, outstanding!”
Some of the players views of the training camp were;
"Amazing facilities in a great location which allowed us to train in similar conditions to South Africa” Adam Finch, "Excellent outdoor facilities, great accommodation and food” Tom Scriven, "Amazing facilities, great place to get some warm weather training” Dillon Pennington, "Excellent facilities, awesome resort!” Harry Brook, "Great accommodation and food, excellent facilities” Prem Sisodiya, "Outstanding facilities in a picturesque setting” Tom Lammonby, "Class, loved it all!” Roman Walker, "Lovely to get outside at this the of year. Beautiful setting with class facilities” Ethan Bamber, "Quality facilities, excellent food” Luke Hollman, "Delicious food” Fin Trenouth, "Accommodation brilliant!” Tom Banton,
A typical example of the fairway frontage villas at Desert Springs Resort where some of the ECB Young Lions players and team officials were accommodated.
Simon Coaker, Sales & Marketing Manager for The Almanzora Group Ltd. said;
"Desert Springs takes its name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent and provided an opportunity for the Young Lions Squad to train in sunshine in the middle of November! Looking at the positive feedback received from the players and staff of their time spent at the resort, we hope this camp acts as a great lead up to the forthcoming Tri-Series in South Africa.”