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Dateline:  4th August 2015
Source:   The Almanzora Group
Subject: UD ALmearia B Team
Title: UD Almeria Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs a Resounding Success!
   

 

England squad completes a successful four-days pre-series bonding and training camp in the build up to the Ashes at Desert Springs Resort in Almeria, Spain.

With a 3rd place finish in the Segunda División ‘B’ last season, Union Deportiva Almeria (Almeria Football Club) ‘B’ squad returned to Desert Springs Resort in the Almanzora region of south-east Spain, for their annual pre-season training camp between Thursday 30th July- Saturday 1st August.

A squad of twenty-two (22) players and six (6) officials from Almería Football Club spent three days at the resort for their training camp, during which the players benefited from training on the Football Academies world-class international-size grass pitch.

An exterior hard standing area provided space for the use of facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area. The players also made use of a specifically designed grass area for goalkeeper training and five-a-side games.

 

Speaking of the team’s experience at Desert Springs, Almeria Football Club Head Coach, Miguel Rivera Mendez remarked:

“We have returned because of the friendliness of the staff and their service, the comfort of the apartments and facilities, and of course, the magnificent conditions of the football pitch and quality of food!”

Commenting on the quality of the football pitch, UD Almeria Goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Molina Miras remarked;

“The joy of a great save on the grass of Desert Springs! Thank you for everything”

 

The staff and players also made use of the Sierra Sports Club and the gym. Eduardo Frapolli, Strength and Conditioning Coach commented:

“Ideal facilities to recharge the batteries for the season. It’s been an absolute pleasure! Thank you very much”

 

Speaking of the conditions of the football pitch at Desert Springs, Yeray Gómez, who played last season with the first team, visiting some of the best football stadiums in Spain, commented:

“You don’t find this quality of grass in most of the football pitches in La Liga!”

The camp was designed to be a relaxed affair, to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their fielding skills and fitness levels, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resort facilities with planned bonding activities.

UD Almeria player Carlos Pérez remarked about his experience at Desert Springs:

“The football pitch is in immaculate condition, the food is great and the sports facilities suit our needs perfectly”

UD Almeria Head Coordinator, Jesús Padilla Belmonte commented:

“Please accept these lines as a big thank you for the hospitality and the treatment received at all times by the staff. Also, the facilities were in excellent condition, which suited perfectly the training required to be completed.”

During their stay, the Almeria players and officials were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s award-winning El Torrente Restaurant and The Crocodile Club.

Simon Coaker, Sales & Marketing Manager for The Almanzora Group Ltd. said;

“It is extremely gratifying for the resort to have been approached yet again by the Club, for what is now the fourth year, with the request for Desert Springs to host UD Almeria’s pre-season training camp. We very much hope that the work completed transforms into what we are all confident will be a great start to their forthcoming season.”

 

Already well known as a resort specialising in golf and family holidays, Desert Springs is gaining popularity as a Centre for warm-weather training for golfers and cricketers, as well as footballers.

  • For details of Cricket, Golf & Sports Training Camps, Corporate Golf Events and Meetings at Desert Springs call 01242 680 116.

 

 

Additional background Information

 

The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities already completed and in use at Desert Springs include:

  • a par 72 -18-hole USGA Indiana golf course designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California;
  • a golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour and LET players.
  • two hard tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volley ball and two football pitches - one is a full-size grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games;
  • Cricket Academy training facilities comprise; a six bay grass wicket and run up with nets, a two bay artificial wicket with nets, a full length artificial grass wicket, a Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28 ball feeder, a slip catch cradle and a specific hard standing area, which provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area.
  • a Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique;
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar;
  • a health and fitness club and spa.

 

Awards

In 2005 Desert Springs won the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture. In 2006, it was awarded the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development. In 2007, the El Torrente Restaurant received the New Millennium International Gastronomy Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.

 

The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16C (60F) and 30C (86F) throughout the year. Annual rainfall is less than 200 mm. The Almanzora coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.

 

Getting there from the UK

Desert Springs is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes away by road; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook.

 

Reader enquiries

NOTE: High Resolution Images available upon request.

Simon Coaker
The Almanzora Group Ltd
The Manor, Boddington,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116
Email: tag@almanzora.com

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UD Almeria ‘B’ Team - Twenty-two (22) squad members accompanied by six (6) coaches and staff during their 3 day Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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UD Almeria Goal Keeper Training at Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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UD Almeria Squad Training at the gym located at the Sierra Sports Club

 

 

 

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UD Almeria Squad Training at the Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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UD Almería vs. Comarca del Mármol pre-season friendly match at the Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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Accommodation for UD Almeria Pre-Season training camp players and staff was provided in the Apartments available at Desert Springs Resort


 

Dateline:  4th August 2015
Source:  Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: UD Almeria Football Camp
Title: UD Almeria Completes 3 Day Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs
   

 

With a 3rd place finish in the Segunda División ‘B’ last season, Union Deportiva Almeria (Almeria Football Club) ‘B’ squad returned to Desert Springs Resort for their annual pre-season training camp between Thursday 30th July- Saturday 1st August.

A squad of twenty-two (22) players and six (6) officials from Almería Football Club spent three days at the resort, during which time the players benefited from training on the Football Academies world-class international-size grass pitch.

An exterior hard standing area provided space for the use of facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area. The players also made use of a specifically designed grass area for goalkeeper training and five-a-side games.

 

Speaking of the team’s experience at Desert Springs, Almeria Football Club Head Coach, Miguel Rivera Mendez remarked:

“We have returned because of the friendliness of the staff and their service, the comfort of the apartments and facilities, and of course, the magnificent conditions of the football pitch and quality of food!”

 

Commenting on the quality of the football pitch, UD Almeria Goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Molina Miras remarked;

“The joy of a great save on the grass of Desert Springs! Thank you for everything”

 

The staff and players also made use of the Sierra Sports Club and the gym. Eduardo Frapolli, Strength and Conditioning Coach commented:

“Ideal facilities to recharge the batteries for the season. It’s been an absolute pleasure! Thank you very much!”

 

Yeray Gómez, who played last season with the first team, visiting some of the best stadiums in Spain, commented:

“You don’t find this quality of grass in most of the football pitches in La Liga!”

 

UD Almeria player Carlos Pérez remarked about his experience at Desert Springs:

“The football pitch is in immaculate condition, the food is great and the sports facilities suit our needs perfectly”

 

For further information contact : Golf Clubhouse Reception
Tel: (+34) 637 861 591/2
Email: golfreservations@almanzora.com

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Fecha:  20 de Julio 2015
Fuente: Desert Springs SL
Asunto: Campamento UD Almería 
Titulo: El filial de la UD Almería Regresa por Cuarta Vez a Desert Springs Resort para Completar su Entrenamiento de Pretemporada Anual
   

 

 

El equipo de veintidós (22) jugadores y seis (6) oficiales de la UD Almería residirán en el resort para una campamento de entrenamiento de 3 días y así beneficiarse de las instalaciones de la reconocida Academia de Fútbol establecida en Desert Springs.

Durante su estancia en Desert Springs los jugadores del Almería se beneficiarán del entrenamiento en un campo de fútbol de hierba de primer nivel de dimensiones internacionales con focos, vestuarios con duchas, vestuario de árbitros, área de entrenamiento de porteros y de partidos de 5 contra 5, y una zona de superficie dura que ofrece la posibilidad de utilizarse como zona de levantamiento de pesas, superficie para esterillas de estiramientos y zona médica.

 

Simon Coaker, director de ventas y marketing en Desert Springs comentó:

“Es extremadamente gratificante haber sido elegidos de nuevo por el Club, en el que ya es el cuarto año, para acoger el campamento de Pretemporada de la UD Almería en Desert Springs. Como siempre, estamos deseando darles la bienvenida tanto al equipo como a los oficiales y esperamos que el trabajo realizado le sirva al equipo para tener un gran arranque de temporada.”

 

Miguel Rivera Méndez, entrenador de la UD Almería, comentaba sobre su experiencia en Desert Springs del año pasado:

“¡El Resort de Desert Springs es un oasis precioso e increíble en el desierto!

El entorno es un paraíso tanto para trabajar como para concentrarse, con un personal excepcionalmente amable, ¡volveremos!”

 

Los espectadores serán bienvenidos a visitar la Academia de Fútbol y seguir las sesiones de entrenamiento.

Durante su Campamento de Entrenamiento, los jugadores pueden hacer uso del campo de golf Indiana de 18 hoyos y disfrutar de las oportunidades de nadar, jugar al tenis, usar del gimnasio, el recorrido de obstáculos, las pistas de jogging, pádel y la pista de vóley playa. También tendrán acceso a la Reserva Privada que dispone de spa, sauna privada y jacuzzi, sala de musculación personal, sala de juegos con bar, y sala de cine.

El alojamiento de los jugadores y oficiales será en algunos de los apartamentos de propiedad privada que se reservan normalmente para vacaciones y escapadas en Desert Springs.

El chef ejecutivo de Desert Springs estará de mano para atender aquellos requisitos dietéticos de cada uno de los jugadores que utilizarán los dos restaurantes del resort – los galardonados restaurantes El Torrente y El Cocodrilo, parte del familiar Club Cocodrilo.

 

Para más informacion : Recepción de Golf
Tel : 637 861 591
Email : golfreservas@almanzora.com

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Tras concluir la temporada pasada en 19ª posición de la Primera División, la Unión Deportiva Almería ‘B’ vuelve a Desert Springs Resort en la que ya es su cuarta visita para completar su campamento de entrenamiento de pretemporada entre el jueves 30 de julio y el sábado 1 de agosto


 

Fecha: 5 de Agosto 2014
Fuente: El Grupo Almanzora
Asunto: UD Almeriá B
Titulo: La Pretemporada de la UD Almería en Desert Springs se Cierra con un Éxito Rotundo
   

 

Tras finalizar en 17ª posición en la Primera División la temporada pasada, el equipo ‘B’ de la Unión Deportiva Almería regresó a Desert Springs Resort para su pretemporada anual entre el miércoles 30 de julio y el sábado 2 de agosto.

El equipo de veintiún (21) jugadores y siete (7) oficiales de la Unión Deportiva Almería pasó tres días en el resort para su campamento de entrenamiento durante el cual los jugadores se beneficiaron de poder entrenar en el campo de hierba natural de primer nivel y de dimensiones internacionales de la Academia de Fútbol.

También se les proporcionó un espacio de superficie dura para el uso de pesas, esterillas para estiramientos y una área médica. Los jugadores también hicieron uso de una zona de hierba específica para el entrenamiento de los porteros y partidos de cinco contra cinco.

Hablando de la experiencia de los equipos en Desert Springs, el entrenador de la Unión Deportiva Almería, Miguel Rivera Méndez comentó:

“¡Desert Springs es un oasis impresionante y precioso en el desierto!
El entorno es un paraíso tanto como para trabajar como para concentrarte, con un personal excepcionalmente amable, ¡volveremos!”

El portero de la UD Almería, Ricardo Molina Miras remarcó;

“Un resort impresionante para pasar unos días trabajando duro, ¡Gracias a todos!”

El Equipo de la UD Almería Entrenando en la Academia de Fútbol de Desert Springs

Durante su estancia, los jugadores y oficiales del Almería estuvieron alojados en algunos de los apartamentos de propiedad privada que normalmente se reservan para vacaciones y escapadas en Desert Springs y el chef ejecutivo de Desert Springs estuvo de mano para cumplir con todos los requisitos dietéticos específicos de cada uno de los jugadores en los galardonados Restaurantes El Torrente y El Club Cocodrilo.

Simon Coaker, Director de ventas y marketing en Desert Springs Resort, comentó:

“El ascenso a la Primera División de la Unión Deportiva Almería es un gran logro y ha sido extremadamente gratificante para el resort que el club haya pensado en nosotros para acoger su pretemporada, que es la tercera que pasan en el resort.”

 

Además de ser un resort muy reconocido especializado en vacaciones familiares y de golf, Desert Springs está ganado popularidad como Centro de entrenamiento en clima cálido para golfistas, jugadores de críquet y futbolistas.

  • Para detalles sobre Pretemporadas de entrenamiento de Golf y Deportes, Eventos Corporativos y Conferencias en Desert Springs llame al +44 1242 680 116.

 

Información Adicional

Desert Springs Resort & Club de Golf

Las instalaciones disponibles en Desert Springs incluyen:

  • el Campo USGA Indiana de 18 hoyos, par 72, diseñado por el pasado capitán del equipo de Reino Unido e Irlanda, Peter McEvoy, inspirado por los campos desérticos de Arizona y California;
  • una Academia de Golf cuyos Profesionales PGA de enseñanza ofrecen sus servicios para varios equipos internacionales, equipos nacionales de la Unión de Golf de País de Gales y para muchos otros equipos de diferentes condados en Inglaterra; Profesionales del Tour Europeo PGA y LET;
  • dos pistas de tenis, dos pistas de pádel, un campo de volley playa y dos campos de fútbol - uno es un campo de hierba de tamaño internacional; el otro es diseñado para juegos de cinco contra cinco;
  • una Academia de Críquet con instalaciones que incluyen: un campo de críquet con 6 zonas y creado con redes, un campo de críquet con redes con 2 zonas artificiales, un campo de críquet con césped en toda su longitud, una máquina profesional con alimentación para 28 bolas, una plataforma de captura de deslizamiento y un área específica de pisada dura, que proporciona un espacio exterior para instalaciones como un gimnasio con pesas, esterillas de estiramiento y un área medica.
  • una Casa Club de golf de estilo colonial con un salón, barra, restaurante, vestuarios, TV y sala de lectura, así como una boutique de Ralph Lauren;
  • El Club de Cocodrilo que proporciona diversión para la familia en el corazón del Resort con piscinas, zonas de juego de arena equipadas, circuito de coches eléctricos John Deere y una sala de juegos así como un Jacuzzi, hamacas y un bar en la piscina;
  • un Spa y club de salud y fitness.

Premios

En 2005 Desert Springs ganó el Premio "Daily Mail Best Almeria" y los Premios Inmobiliarios Bentley International para la Mejor Promoción y Arquitectura en España. En 2006, le concedieron el premio español Madera Verde al Desarrollo Ecológicamente Sensible. En 2007, el Restaurante El Torrente recibió el galardón internacional gastronómico Nuevo Milenio, de la industria del Turismo, Hotel y Catering. Este premio fue creado por el Club de Líderes de Comercio (Trade Leaders Club) con el objetivo de distinguir empresas de todos los países, por la calidad excepcional de sus productos o servicios.

 

El clima en la región costera del Almanzora

El nombre de Desert Springs viene del microclima desértico de la región que es único en Europa. Tiene el invierno más caluroso en invierno del continente con un promedio anual de más de nueve horas de luz de sol diaria y temperaturas máximas diarias de entre 16°C y 30°C a lo largo del año. La precipitación anual es menos de 200 mm. Las aguas de la costa del Almanzora están entre las más limpias y calientes de Europa, atrayendo tanto a entusiastas de la pesca como del submarinismo.

 

Cómo llegar desde el Reino Unido

Desert Springs es fácilmente accessible desde el Reino Unido, gracias a tres aeropuertos internacionales. Son los de Almería, a unos 40 minutos por carretera; Murcia, a 80 minutos en coche, y Alicante, a menos de dos horas. Las aerolíneas que vuelan a esta region desde Reino Unido incluyen EasyJet, Monarch, Jet2, Jetair Fly y Thomas Cook.

 

Para más información:

Nota: Imágenes en Alta Resolución disponibles bajo petición.

Simon Coaker
The Almanzora Group Ltd
The Manor, Boddington,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680 116
e: tag@almanzora.com

2014-08-05_ud_almeria_01Equipo ‘B’ de UD Almería B – Veintiún (21) jugadores del equipo acompañados por siete (7) entrenadores y personal durante su Campamento de Pretemporada de 3 días en la Academia de Fútbol de Desert Springs

 

 

 

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‘Sesión de Práctica de Close Fielding’ en la Academia de Críquet de Desert Springs

 

 

 

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Partido amistoso de pretemporada entre la UD Almería y el Club Eldense en la Academia de fútbol de Desert Springs

 

 

 

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El alojamiento para la pretemporada los jugadores y oficiales de la UD Almería fueron los Apartamentos disponibles en Desert Springs Resort


 

Fecha: 14 de Junio 2014
Fuente: El Grupo Almanzora Ltd
Asunto: Entrenamiento de Fútbol UD Almería
Titulo: El equipo B de la UD Almería regresa a Desert Springs Resort para su entrenamiento de pretemporada anual
   

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Con el 17º puesto en el ranking final de la liga de Primera División la temporada pasada, el equipo B de la Unión Deportiva Almería (Almería Club de Fútbol) volverá a Desert Springs Resort para su pretemporada de entrenamiento anual entre el lunes 4 y el Jueves 7 de agosto.

Un equipo de 24 jugadores y seis oficiales del Almería Club de Fútbol se alojarán en el complejo para un entrenamiento de pretemporada de 3 días para aprovechar las instalaciones de la famosa Academia de Fútbol establecida en Desert Springs.

Durante su estancia en Desert Springs los jugadores de Almería harán uso a través del entrenamiento y la preparación del primer campo de fútbol de tamaño internacional con una hierba de alta calidad en Almería compuesto con: focos, duchas y vestuarios, un vestuario para el árbitro, una zona para el entrenamiento de porteros, un campo de 7 contra 7 y una superficie dura que proporciona espacio exterior para instalaciones como un gimnasio de pesas, esteras de estiramiento y un área médica.

Simon Coaker, Gerente de Ventas y Marketing de Desert Springs, comentó:

"En 2012 el Almería Fútbol Club recuperó su ascenso a la Primera División para la temporada 2013/14 y por segundo año consecutivo su entrenamiento de pretemporada tuvo lugar en Desert Springs."

Hablando de la experiencia del equipo en Desert Springs el año pasado, el Director del Almería Fútbol Club, Manuel Méndez y el Entrenador Jefe Juan Carlos Cintas Góngora comentaron:

"El campo de fútbol en Desert Springs es de 6 estrellas; no vamos a jugar en una cancha de mejor calidad durante toda la temporada. Desert Springs Resort es un lugar ideal para un entrenamiento de pretemporada. Hemos tenido entrenamiento en otros lugares y todos estamos de acuerdo, incluyendo los jugadores, que Desert Springs es el de mejor calidad!"

Los espectadores también serán invitados a visitar la Academia de Fútbol para ver las sesiones de entrenamiento.

Durante el entrenamiento de pretemporada de fútbol, los jugadores podrán hacer pleno uso del campo de golf Indiana de 18 hoyos y aprovechar la oportunidad para nadar, jugar al tenis y utilizar el gimnasio, circuito de entrenamiento con puestos de ejercicio, pistas de jogging, pistas de pádel y pistas de vóley playa. También tendrán acceso a la Reserva Privada del resort, que incorpora un spa, una sauna privada y un jacuzzi, una sala de entrenamiento personal, una sala de juegos con bar, y una sala de cine con sistema home cinema.

El alojamiento para los jugadores y oficiales serán algunos apartamentos de propiedad privada que normalmente se reservan para vacaciones y escapadas en Desert Springs.

El Chef del complejo estará a su disposición para atender individualmente a las necesidades dietéticas especiales de los jugadores que comerán en los dos restaurantes del complejo - el galardonado restaurante El Torrente y el restaurante Croc, parte del acogedor y familiar Club Cocodrilo.

 

Para más informacion: El Grupo Almanzora
Email: tag@almanzora.com
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680 299


 

Dateline: 9th August 2013
Source:  The Almanzora Group
Subject: UD Almeria B Team
Title: UD Almeria Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs a Resounding Success!
   

 

Following on from the success of their promotion last season to the Primera División (First Division) Union Deportiva Almería (Almeria Football Club) selected Desert Springs Resort to be host once again to the pre-season training camp of their ‘B’ Squad between Monday 5th - Thursday 8th August.

A squad of 25 players and eight officials from Almería Football Club spent three days at the resort for their training camp to benefit from the facilities of the renowned Football Academy established at Desert Springs.

During their stay at the Desert Springs Resort the Almería players have benefited from training and coaching on the Football Academies world-class international-size grass pitch.

An exterior hard standing area provided space for the use of facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area. The players also made use of a specifically designed grass area for goalkeeper training and five-a-side games.

Speaking of the teams experience at Desert Springs, Almeria Football Club Manager, Manuel Mendez and Head Coach Juna Carlos Cintas Góngora remarked:

“The football pitch at Desert Springs is 6 star; we will not play on a pitch of better quality throughout the season.

Our resort accommodation at the community of Las Sierras was very comfortable and we found the sports facilities at the Sierra Sports & Fitness Club sufficient for the needs of our training camp. In their free time, some of the players ventured out to the Golf Academy to utilize the practice facilities and enjoyed themselves.

The Food and Beverage was of excellent quality and was specifically just what the team required.

The Resort staff were very professional and courteous and nothing was too much trouble for them.

In conclusion, Desert Springs Resort is a great location for a training camp. We have held training camps at other locations and all agree, including the players, that Desert Springs is of better quality!”

The training camp culminated with a pre-season friendly match at Desert Springs against Club Athlético Pulpileño with Almeria Football Club winning 6-0.

During their stay, the Almeria players and officials were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the resort’s award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

Simon Coaker, sales and marketing manager at Desert Springs Resort, remarked:

“The promotion back to the First Division of Almeria Football Club is an immense achievement and it was extremely gratifying for the resort to be approached yet again by the Club with the request for Desert Springs to host this seasons pre-season training camp.

It is clear to see that with feed back such as this we can only expect to be host to more Club’s in the near future, and judging by the result of the friendly pre-season match against Club Athlético Pulpileño, I believe that we can all agree that Almeria ‘B’ Team are well on their way to a successful season!”

Already well known as a resort specialising in golf and family holidays, Desert Springs is gaining popularity as a centre for warm-weather training for golfers and cricketers, as well as footballers.
For more information about training camps, sports breaks and properties available, or golf at Desert Springs, contact The Almanzora Group on telephone +44 (0) 1242 680 116.

 

Additional background Information

 

The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities already completed and in use at Desert Springs include:

  • 72 par 18-hole USGA Indiana golf course designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California;
  • a golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour and LET players.
  • two hard tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volley ball and two football pitches - one is a full-size international grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games;
  • a Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique;
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar;
  • a health and fitness club and spa.

 

Awards

In 2005 Desert Springs won the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture. In 2006, it was awarded the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development. In 2007, the El Torrente Restaurant received the New Millennium International Gastronomy Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.

 

The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16°C (60°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the year. Annual rainfall is less than 200 mm. The Almanzora’s coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.

 

Getting there from the UK

Desert Springs in The Almanzora region is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes away by road; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook.

 

Reader enquiries

Simon Coaker
The Almanzora Group Ltd
The Manor, Boddington,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116
Email: tag@almanzora.com

2013-08-09_ud_almeria_b_team_2013_pre-season_training_camp_at_desert_Springs_football_academyUD Almería B Team 2013 pre-season Training Camp at Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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UD Almería B Team Head Coach Juan Carlos Cintas Góngora

 

 

 

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UD Almeria Training at Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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UD Almería vs Club Athletico Pulpileño pre-season friendly match at the Desert Springs Football Academy

 

 

 

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Apartments at Las Sierras used for accommodating Almeria Football Club


 

Dateline: 25th July 2013
Source: The Almanzora Group Ltd
Subject: UD Almeria Football Camp
Title: UD Almeria Select Desert Springs Resort for Pre-Season Training for 'B' Team For Second Consecutive Year!
   

 

2013-07-25UD Almeria B Team 2013 newsflash

Following on from the success of their inaugural training camp in 2011, Union Deportiva Almeria (Almeria Football Club) who last season achieved promotion to the Primera División (First Division) have selected Desert Springs Resort to be host once again to the pre-season training camp of their ‘B’ Squad between Monday 5th - Thursday 8th August.

A squad of 24 players and six officials from Almeria Football Club will reside at the resort for a 3 day training camp to benefit from the facilities of the renowned Football Academy established at Desert Springs.

During their stay at Desert Springs the Almeria players will benefit from training and coaching on the first international-size quality grass pitch in Almeria complete with; floodlights, shower and changing facilities, a referee changing room, a goal-keeper training and five-a-side games area, and a hard standing area which provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area.

Simon Coaker, sales and marketing manager at Desert Springs, remarked that the Club’s ‘B’ Team experience during last year’s inaugural training camp at the resort influenced their decision to return this year.

“At the completion of last years training camp the Club’s Manager was so enthusiastic about the caliber of the resort, its football pitch, other sports facilities, restaurants, accommodation and staff, that he pledged for the team to return,” said Simon.

UD Almería 'B' Team Manager, Francisco Rodríguez commented, “Before being a manager, I had played football professionally for 15 years, and out of all the Resorts where I have travelled for Pre-Season Training Camps, Desert Springs is second to none,”

Spectators will also be welcome to visit the Football Academy to watch the training sessions.

During Football Training Camps, players can make full use of the 18-hole Indiana golf course and 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 two restaurants – the award-winning El Torrente and the Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club.

 

For further information contact: The Almanzora Group Ltd
Email: tag@almanzora.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 1242 680 299


 

Testimonial


DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & GOLF CLUB

 
From: José Ignacio Olea, Golf Operations Manager at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club
Date: Monday, 13th August, 2012
Subject: Reporting on the visit of UD Almería 'B' Team for their official 2012 Pre-Season Football Training Camp
 

 

I met with the UD Almería 'B' Team Manager, Francisco Rodríguez, for an informal meeting to receive his views and opinion on how he felt the team´s first visit to the Desert Springs Football Academy had gone to get as much feedback as possible.

Unión Deportiva Almería 'B' Team (Almeria Football Club 'B') selected the Football Academy at the Desert Springs Resort to be host to their official Pre-Season Football Training Camp between Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd August, 2012.

A squad of 23 players and 8 officials from UD Almería 'B' – which currently competes in 2ª División B (Spanish Division Three) 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 visualise 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 'B' Manager, Francisco Rodríguez, commented;

Accommodation
The Apartments where we stayed were absolutely fine; the community pools were used very often by the players after training and the quiet atmosphere at Las Sierras was quite convenient for resting purposes. We didn't miss a Hotel operation at all.

Food and Beverage
The F&B meals and service were absolutely spotless; I couldn't find any weaknesses or make any suggestions. The Menus were superb, as well as the quality of the food which was always served on time. All the staff were very accessible and polite with the players, rapidly attending every request.

Resort Staff
Everyone at the Resort has shown interest to assist our team, and I´m very grateful for the assistancereceived. Even at the Football Pitch we have had a member of the Staff at every session, to attend any irrigation or maintenance requests!

Football Pitch
The Pitch was kept in immaculate condition for us; I have already provided a very positive feedback to the UD Almeria President, as the Pitch is as good as it can get. This is obviously the most important facility for us and I would grade it as a perfect 10!

Sierra Sports & Fitness Club Facilities
During our short stay we haven't made much use of those facilities but they are sufficient and well maintained.

2013 Preseason Camp
Each Manager has his ownviews, but I would definitely like to come back to Desert Springs for Pre-season Training. The players are very comfortable here and it has been easy for them to concentrate and work hard. No doubt I will be requesting the use of thisResort in 2013.

Summary
I'm certainly happy with our Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs.Before being a manager, I have played football professionally for 15 years, and out of all the Resorts where I have travelled for Pre-Season Training Camps, Desert Springs is second to none. I´m sure that Desert Springs has all the ingredients to attract many other teams and I´m surprised not to see them already!

UD Almeria could help spreading the word within the spanish football network as it is quite recommendable.

 

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UD Almería 'B' Team Manager, Francisco Rodríguez

 

 

 

 

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UD Almería 'B' Team 2012 Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Football Academy