Scottish football team, Hibernian FC, prepares for the play-offs at La Manga Clubernian FC prepara sus finales en La Manga Club
Hibernian have been at the resort for one week and have praised the quality of the sports facilities and a high quality of customer service. Their visit culminates the most successful football season the resort has ever seen.
La Manga Club, 21 May 2015. Scottish football team, Hibernian FC, one of the two clubs from Edinburgh competing in the Scottish Premiership, has been training at La Manga Club in preparation for the semi-finals against Rangers on 20th and 23rd May.
Away from their usual training environment, these past few days spent at La Manga Club have been a great help in enabling players to focus on their game, whilst also taking advantage of all the sports facilities that the resort offers along with the good weather. Hibernian, with its marked Irish heritage which is noticeably reflected in the club´s playing colours and emblem, was the first British team to take part in the European Cup in 1955.
Head coach, as of last year, Alan Stubbs, is a renowned, retired English footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers, Celtic and Everton, amongst others. Stubbs stated that he would whole heartedly recommend staying at La Manga Club not only for the facilities, food and warm weather climate, but also because of the staff at the resort, who have been fully devoted to making their stay tailor-made and as comfortable as possible.
Head of Football Operations, George Craig, also highlighted the efforts made by staff at La Manga Club in putting all the resort´s facilities at the team´s disposal and making their stay as enjoyable as possible. “It’s been as stress free as it possibly can be, bringing twenty footballers and staff away to a training camp. The staff here at the resort have to really be supportive … [and] I have to say it’s been terrific… They could not do more for me if they tried”, he stated.
Equally, captain Liam Craig pointed out that La Manga Club is a first class destination for a football team, not only due to the sports facilities, (La Manga Club has eight natural grass FIFA standard size football pitches to offer, as well as a gym and spa) but also the food and accommodation. He also added that La Manga Club had provided them with the perfect environment to build team spirit.
Poised to draw the football season to an end, La Manga Club has exceeded all expectations and has culminated the most successful season in its history, having hosted more than 125 teams in the space of just four months. Amongst those having visited La Manga Club are clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and RSC Anderlecht, youth teams from all over Europe and international teams, for example, South American club Alianza de Lima.