Shrewsbury Town Football Club were so pleased with the results of pre-season warm-weather training for their players at Desert Springs Resort in Spain that they have returned for the second year running – and hope to go back next year as well.
According to the manager of the Coca-Cola Football League Two club, Paul Simpson, who has arranged pre-season training in Germany, Norway, and Sweden for other clubs in the past, the facilities at Desert Springs are the best.
“The resort has exactly what we need,” he said. “In addition to the fantastic surface of the first international-size quality grass pitch in the Almeria area of Spain, the warm weather is excellent for pre-season training and the opportunity for 19 players and their coaches to spend six days living together strengthens the bond between them.”
The football pitch at Desert Springs – Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course – was inaugurated by Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst in 2004. Since then floodlights, shower and changing facilities and a referee changing room have been added.
Mr Simpson said it was a shrewd move to take The Shrews to Desert Springs last year: “When we returned, the new season got off to a flying start with three consecutive straight wins. That’s why we went back this year.”
Already well-known as a resort specialising in family holidays, Desert Springs is gaining popularity as a centre for warm-weather training for golfers and cricketers, as well as footballers.
As an unbeatable destination for holidays or retirement, in one of the most dramatically beautiful parts of Spain, Desert Springs has a wide variety of properties for sale, from spectacular villas to convenient lock-and-leave apartments with communal gardens and pools.
For more information on the properties or holidays at Desert Springs call 01242 680116 or visit www.almanzora.com