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) â€“ 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.