Published: 17th February, 2014
Surrey pair Tom Curran and George Edwards are currently at Desert Springs Resort in Spain where they are attending the inaugural Tom Maynard Academy.
All rounder Curran and pace bowler Edwards were selected to attend the ten day camp, being run by Tom’s father Matthew Maynard, a former England international and internationally regarded coach.
Further coaching is being provided by former Australia and Gloucestershire all-rounder Ian Harvey and former England and Leicestershire wicket keeper Paul Nixon.
Surrey physio pair Dean Conway and Alex Tysoe are providing medical support to squad of eleven players, which also includes representatives from Glamorgan, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Northamptonshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire.
The resort has full grass nets, allowing Curran and Edwards to get outside to bowl after a winter cooped up in Indoor Nets at the Ken Barrington Cricket Centre and Guildford Cricket Centre at George Abbot School.
The camp is due to finish with a game against the Spanish International side, the Tom Maynard Academy’s maiden competitive fixture.
Speaking last week, before the players jetted off, Matthew Maynard said: “We are delighted to have had such fantastic support from the counties and I’m really looking forward to working with the players and establishing the Tom Maynard Academy as an integral part of the ECB’s and the counties’ player development pathways.
“Desert Springs has excellent facilities for the players to work on their games and on their fitness and we’re pleased to be partnering with them. We have some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and I have no doubt it will be of real benefit to the lads involved as they approach pre-season.”