UD Almería Manager, Javi Gracia
Returning to Desert Springs for the second consecutive year, and having exceeded the team expectations last summer, I was interested in hearing the comments from Javi Gracia, the new coach of UD Almería, and what the players had to say about their Pre-Season Camp at the Desert Springs Football Academy.
Unión Deportiva Almería (Almeria Football Club) selected the Football Academy at the Desert Springs Resort to be host to their official Pre-Season Football Training Camp between Monday 23rd – Tuesday 31st July, 2012.
UD Almería Team 2012 Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Football Academy
A squad of 25 players and 13 officials from UD Almería – which currently competes in La Liga Adelante (Spanish Division Two) also benefited from access to and use of the 18-hole Indiana golf course and golf academy. They enjoyed the opportunity to swim, play tennis and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, padel tennis and beach volley ball courts. They also had 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, which was used on several occasions as a conference and meeting room to further visualize videos as part of the training camp. Accommodation for the players and officials was in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs. The resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s two restaurants – the award-winning El Torrente and the Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club.
UD Almería Manager, Javi Gracia, commented;
The community of Las Sierras was very quiet and convenient for us, providing a lot of privacy and no disruptions.
Food and Beverage
Everything was perfect; all of the dietary requirements were followed strictly and the food was ready on time every day.
Players hate to wait for their food, especially after training, and this never happened during our stay. The quality was phenomenal and all staff members were on hand.
Fantastic, we have felt very well attended. When we made any request, like the use of a Conference Room, it was organised within minutes and we were able to use it on several occasions. Nobody in my team has commented anything negative to me, so it must be a good sign!
We have worked carefully on the Pitch trying to avoid any damage from traffic, and it has actually worked out well.
The playing surface and thickness of the grass was just perfect, and also the daily assistance of the Maintenance Crew has made a difference.
Sierra Sports & Fitness Club Facilities
I have visited the gym, and although it is not huge, it has all of the necessary machines for workouts.
2013 Preseason Camp
I have been very comfortable at Desert Springs and would certainly consider it for a future Pre-Season Training Camp. Other Resorts may have more pitches, but at Desert Springs we are not forced to train at certain times and we feel very welcome.
I knew that UD Almería had already used Desert Springs last year, and if we have repeated as we have, then something must be working well!
The players seem to be very comfortable and they take for granted that we will be back!
I have personally felt very well attended and everything has assisted to provide a good Pre-Season training camp.