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La Manga Club summer camp to Robins in chirpy mood

Football pitches and traning facilities, aerial view
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson is aiming to make sure his players will be in peak condition for the start of next  season after booking a pre-season training break at Spain’s famous La Manga Club. Johnson is taking the Robins first-team squad to the award-winning Murcia resort from July 18-24 for a week’s warm-weather training as he continues preparations for the new  Sky Bet Championship campaign, which begins in early August.

As well as being put through their paces on the training pitch at La Manga Club, the City players will also have the chance to gain some further match practice with a pre-season friendly scheduled during the camp on July 21, with the opposition to be confirmed.

“La Manga Club comes very highly recommended to me,” said Johnson.

“It’s everything the players will need. There will be good pitches, excellent sports and conditioning facilities and we just have to find ourselves a decent game whilst we’re out there now.”

With extensive facilities including eight FIFA-approved grass pitches, La Manga Club has made a name for itself as a first-choice destination for warm-weather football training breaks.

A collection of the game’s biggest names including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and, most recently, Newcastle United, are among the clubs to have stayed at the resort, while the venue also hosted the 2016 Mundiavocat - football’s World Cup for lawyers featuring more than 100 teams from 38 countries – this month.

As well as its football training amenities, the resort boasts a fully equipped gym and indoor swimming pool, ideal for recovery sessions; a host of rooms and spaces to cater for tactical meetings, private team dining and a new High Performance Sports Centre, where players can use the most advanced technology possible to study all aspects of their health and training programmes.

In addition, La Manga Club is also the first resort in the world to open a High Performance Football Centre, offering professionals, both established and aspiring, the chance to sign up to one of its new comprehensive, fully residential programmes to help display their talents and further their careers.

Set in 1,400 acres, the award-winning venue is also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and offers unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including three 18-hole golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

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