• From: Jim Gordon, Manager of the Sierra Sports & Fitness Club at Desert Springs
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

Reporting on visit of HONEFOSS BK, the Norwegian Premier Division football club for their pre-season training

On Friday 26th February, I met with the manager for an informal meeting on how he thought the trip had gone in order to get as much feedback as possible.

Your first time here. Have you enjoyed your stay at Desert Springs?
“Yes very much everything was perfect.”

Was your accommodation up to standard?
“The apartments were excellent.”

How was your dining experience in both restaurants?
“Very good the food was great.”

Were the staff friendly and helpful in the restaurants?
“The staff were fantastic; you should congratulate everyone from the kitchen to yourself.
They could not have been more helpful.”

Did the football pitch & changing room meet your expectations?
“The pitch was perfect one of the best we have played on.”

How did you find the rest of the Sierra Club sports facilities?
“The players enjoyed having the mountain bikes.”

Did you use any of the other facilities during your stay?
“Not myself.”

Is there anything we could have done to improve your stay at Desert Springs?
“No apart from goalposts with wheels, for easier movement, due to the fact we play a lot of 4 aside on ½ pitches. Also it would have been useful to have an electric pump for the balls.”

Would you return to Desert Springs for future camps?
“Yes definitely.”

Can you think of anyone I can contact regarding camps?
“You should check out Norwegian papers. They have all the websites of the clubs and you can use me for personal recommendations.”
Additional comments:

“Desert Springs is a lot higher standard than La Manga.”

“The games room was very popular with the players at night.”

“The sauna/Jacuzzi was used a lot.”

“There have been a couple of editorials in the Norwegian press about their stay at Desert Springs. I am liaising with a reporter to try and get some information for our website.”

“There has been a property inspection from the trip”

“They have enjoyed their stay so much they are asking price for next January.”

Jim Gordon Sierra Sports & Fitness Club Manager

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  • From: Jim Gordon, Manager of the Sierra Sports & Fitness Club at Desert Springs
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

Reporting on visit of BRYNE FK, the Norwegian first division football club for their pre-season training

On Friday 12th March I met with the Bryne F.K. manager, Tommy Bergersen, for an informal meeting on how he thought the trip had gone to get as much feedback as possible.

(J) Tommy your first visit to Desert Springs (Bryne’s second) – did you enjoy your stay?

(T) Yes we did everything about our stay was perfect.

(J) Was you accommodation up to standard?

(T) Yes the apartments were first class and nicely furnished making our stay here very comfortable.

(J) How was your dining experience in both restaurants?

(T) All the meals from breakfast to dinner were excellent and all our dietary requests were met.

(J) Were the staff friendly and helpful?

(T) The staff were all very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them, including you of course Jim.

(J) Did the football pitch meet your expectations?

(T) The pitch was fantastic I have to say and the whole squad agrees it is the best surface they have ever played on. In Norway 70% of football pitches are Astroturf so it was a treat to have a perfect playing surface on grass.

(J) How did you find the rest of the Sierra Club sports facilities?

(T) Excellent a few of the players used the gym which is very well equipped.

(J) Did you use any of the other facilities during your stay?

(T) Not on this trip because we did not have enough time. However next year we would like to come back for a week to take full advantage of the resort and even play a round of golf on your wonderful looking course.

(J) Is there anything we could have done to improve your stay at Desert Springs?

(T) No the whole trip was perfect and being the first time here I was interested to see how good it was because the players that were here last year had such a good time. They did not want to go anywhere else and now I know why and agree.

(J) So therefore can we expect that you will be returning to Desert Springs?

(T) Yes as I said earlier we would like to come back and for a week next year finances permitting.

(J) Can you think of anyone you could recommend Desert Springs to?

(T) Yes and I think it would be beneficial to get in touch with all the league clubs in Norway to invite them out to see your facilities here. You can use me for any personal recommendations.

(J) Could you please sum up a description of your training camp stay at Desert Springs for our website?

(T) Yes I would say that Desert Springs is the perfect place to hold football training camps. Everything about the resort is first class from the relaxing ambience, the food being perfect, accommodation very good to the football pitch which was excellent. At La Manga everything is rushed and we have to queue for all our meals. There we have one hour on the pitch at a time and we have to wait for the team before us to finish. There is always a team waiting for us to finish too so after two or three days you feel stressed and tired. This is the complete opposite to how we feel at Desert Springs. At Desert Springs with the first class service and attention to detail we are leaving feeling refreshed as you do a first class job here. The one thing you will need to have to be careful of is maintaining the standard when you have more teams coming here for training which I’m sure you will have. Eventually you will need more pitches to accommodate the additional teams training here too.
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