The Hartpury College Football Academy based in Gloucester, England have selected the Desert Springs Resort to host their training camp between Saturday 6th – Saturday 13th April 2013.
The Hartpury College Football Academy established in 2002, is split into two sections; Junior and Senior. The Junior section caters for the further education side of the college and includes players aged 16-19 years, whilst the Seniors are made up of higher education students on degree or foundation degree programmes aged 18 years and upwards.
The Academy’s notable achievements include being crowned British University Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2011, BUCS National Futsal trophy winners 2011, English Colleges Champions in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and England Schools U18 Champions in 2009 and 2010.
A squad of twenty two elite players and twenty development squad players with three officials from Hartpury College Football Academy are following in the footsteps of other teams such as Bryne, Honefoss, UD Almeria and Shrewsbury Town Football Club, all of whom have previously benefited from the facilities of the Football Academy established at Desert Springs.
During a seven-night stay at Desert Springs the Hartpury College players will benefit from training and coaching on the football academy’s international-size quality grass pitch. A new hard standing area provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area. The players will also be able to make use of the goalkeeper training and five-a-side games area.
Simon Coaker, sales and marketing manager at Desert Springs, commented:
“Further to a familiarisation visit to the resort by Hartpury Football Junior Academy Manager, Paul Tassell, he felt that the quality of the Football Academy pitch and training facilities, coupled with the wide range of sports and leisure facilities available in the resort, were the driving factors for his decision to select Desert Springs for their training camp.”
During the training camp, players can enjoy opportunities to swim, play tennis and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, paddle tennis and beach volley ball courts. They also have access to the resort’s Private Reserve which incorporates a spa, private sauna and jacuzzi suite, personal fitness workout room, games room with bar, and a home cinema.
Accommodation for the players and officials is in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs.
The resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.