La Manga Club launches new elite Football Centre for aspiring professionals
Having hosted some of the world’s top football stars over the last four decades, La Manga Club is renowned across the world as a first-choice destination for a training break, and the award-winning venue has embarked on a new path after becoming the first resort in the world to open a High Performance Football Centre.
La Manga Club, 21st January, 2015 - Global superstars including David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane have all used the luxury Spanish complex’s facilities in recent yearsand, in a groundbreaking move, La Manga Club has now taken a step in a different direction as it bids to develop future stars of it own.
Famed for its forward-thinking attitude, La Manga Club is offering professionals, both established and aspiring, the chance to sign up to one of its new comprehensive, fully residential programmes to help showcase their skills and further their careers.
Open to footballers of all nationalities, players training at the La Manga Club High Performance Football Centre will be coached, mentored and looked after by the resort’s team of experts including UEFA-qualified coaches, professional sport and exercise scientists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and football analysts to help them reach their full potential.
Using La Manga Club’s world-class facilities including eight FIFA-approved grass pitches, players will not only be able to improve their fitness and technique at the elite centre, but also have the chance to gain competititive experience and impress watching scoutsby playing in friendly matches - including against professional clubs from around the world staying at the resort.
Chad Harpur, director of sports at La Manga Club, said: “Football is embedded in La Manga Club’s history and will continue to play a major role in the future success of the resort. The world’s leading teams and top federations regularly choose the resort as their preferred overseas base and we have everything a player and team needs on one site.
“The High Performance Football Centre is a first of its kind in world football and has been specifically designed to showcase and develop the players, either to make them better players for their current team or allow them to be seen and signed by another club.
“We have a fully qualified UEFA coaching team that will train the team on a full-time basis and, most importantly, they will spend time working individually with players to help them improve on any weaknesses, with the aim of furthering their careers. "
“The new centre also offers an unrivalled opportunity for clubs to discover and sign the most talented football players from around the world which are all in one place and available for contracting.
“According to FIFA statistics, only one per cent of footballers around the world are ever seen by clubs, scouts or agents. But, with us, agents will be able to train and showcase their players to clubs, coaches and scouts visiting during winter and pre-season training camps and international friendly competitions.
“La Manga Club is also the ideal venue for preparing players to play at a higher level, helping them develop professional skills and instinct, ready for top level competition.”
In the past year alone, La Manga Club has played host to more than 150 professional teams and around 500 scouts through a range of training breaks, pre-season tournaments and friendly matches.
With the La Manga Club High Performance Football Centre, players will receive first-class professional coaching that will transform their technical, tactical, psychological and physical abilities into those required of a professional footballer.
As well as eight international-standard pitches, the centre’s elite facilities also include a match pitch with stand accommodating 800 spectators, a wide range of soccer training equipment,changing rooms, professional fitness facilities, a biomechanics lab, physio and massage facilities, meeting rooms, spa with hydromassage baths, hot and cold recovery pools, sauna and steam rooms, as well as an extensive choice of restaurants and leisure facilities.
In addition, players will also have access to La Manga Club’s new High Performance Sports Centre which, created in conjunction with the Catholic University of Murcia, offers a comprehensive range of services designed to enable players to optimise and monitor their sporting performance, prevent injuries and boost their health and fitness.
Harpur added: “We live sport at La Manga Club. This is something that has never been done before anywhere and we’re very excited at offering people the chance to strive to reach their full potential with the new centre.”
Known for its extensive facilities, La Manga Club has hosted the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk in the recent years and the resort is in line for another busy period over the next three months as sides from all over Europe visit, with Borussia Dortmund, Anderlecht, Dynamo Zagreb and CSKA Moscow among them.