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La Manga Club a True Don

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley moved to ensure his players will be at peak fitness for the start of the season this weekend after taking his first-team squad on a warm-weather training break to Spain’s La Manga Club.
Ardley spent four days putting his players through their paces at the award-winning resort in Murcia, south-east Spain, as they stepped up their training ahead of their first League Two game of the campaign on Saturday when they host Shrewsbury Town.

The break was organised by leading golf travel company Your Golf Travel, a shirt and ground sponsor of the Dons who have a stand named after them at Kingsmeadow, and Ardley is confident the trip will put his players in the right frame of mind for the season ahead, despite an unfortunate injury to defender Andy Frampton.

The experienced centre back faces a lay-off of up to eight weeks with a broken ankle after the training ground accident but Ardley said: “It was a freak training ground incident and no one was to blame for it, and it didn’t take anything away from what was an excellent few days for us in Spain.

“The football facilities at La Manga Club were first-class and enabled us to work on a number of different things that we’ll be putting into practice over the coming weeks. I couldn’t fault the service we received and some of the lads even managed to squeeze in a game of golf as well.”

AFC Wimbledon are the latest team to head to La Manga Club to put the finishing touches to their pre-season preparations by making use of its world-class facilities, and will be hoping they can follow in the footsteps of illustrious recent visitors Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk.

La Manga Club has made a name for itself catering for the needs of the world’s sporting elite. As well as its football training amenities, the resort boasts a fully equipped gym and indoor swimming pool, ideal for recovery sessions; and a host of rooms and spaces to cater for tactical meetings, private team dining or any other requirements.

Set in 1,400 acres, La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including three 18-hole championship 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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