Before the first ball of the new football season was kicked, preparations for some of England’s leading clubs was well underway, with a host of teams choosing the luxury surroundings of Amendoeira Golf Resort for the pre-season training. With pristine football pitches sitting alongside the two world-class golf courses and well-appointed gyms, the Amendoeira Golf Resort offers a unique Country Club feel, and was the choice of Fulham FC, Derby County FC, Peterborough Utd. FC, Bury FC and Millwall FC who made their pre-season home in the heart of the Algarve.
Whilst Amendoeira is famed for its award winning golf courses, designed by golfing legends; the late, great Christy O’Connor Jnr and six-time Major Champion, Sir Nick Faldo. The 36-hole property is complemented by world-class sports facilities, including full size natural grass football pitches, tennis courts and gyms, that sit alongside the renowned golf offering.
The immaculately presented pitches are reserved exclusively for use by professional teams which, alongside luxury accommodation in the on-site apartments, has established Amendoeira Sports Club as a firm favourite with football clubs.
Fulham’s Marco Cesarini, who was brought in by Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović as Manager of First Team Medical and Sports Science, was rich in praise for the resort and its amenities, “The training camp was fantastic. This is one of the best places I have been for a training camp; the staff are friendly and so attentive, everything we needed was available straight away.”
Nigel Pearson, Derby County Manager, was also impressed with the facilities, commenting, “This training camp has been really good; the facilities were just what we were looking for. The pitch was in good condition, the staff were excellent, and we have been very pleased with how we have been looked after.”
Mr Christopher Howell, Chairman of Oceânico Group remarked, “Whether it’s our golf courses, sports pitches or F&B offering in the clubhouse, we set-out to create a world-class experience for all of our guests. For Amendoeira to be the choice of so many clubs is a real complement to our staff, and speaks volumes for the quality of facilities that we offer. Pre-season is a crucial time for players and staff to prepare for the long season ahead, and we know that they have high expectations, so it’s great to receive such positive feedback.”