London hosted the World Travel Market, a global travel fair, where Soccer Inter-Action showcased its services and facilities as a sports travel destination. Within the destinations of the Valencian Community, we are positioned as one of the best sports destinations for training camps or stays for football teams.
It was very interesting to be able to engage in conversations with different tour operators and learn about the needs of their clients. In this way, we strengthened relationships for future sports tourism projects in the Valencian Community. Our offer combines sport, with first class facilities, and tourism, with organised experiences in Valencia and its surroundings.
What is World Travel Market London?
This international travel event is the market leader, where business opportunities are opened up for tourism professionals. It is the premier place where travel professionals meet to network and hear how leading companies have organised their business and learn the facts about on-trend destinations and products.
World Travel Market London allows travel companies from around the world to showcase their brand and exhibit at the show alongside the biggest names in accommodation and hospitality, renowned destinations and tourist attractions, innovative travel technology providers and airlines. It is a showcase for doing business with international suppliers.
What can SIA Academy offer?
Within tourism, there is sports tourism. Many professional sports teams hold training camps during different periods of the year in order to concentrate for the season. In the case of football, it is most often during the summer or winter period. They are looking for a quiet place, away from distractions, that meets their needs and is of a high standard. For this reason, the SIA Academy facilities are an excellent place.
Within the same premises you can have a natural grass football pitch and an artificial turf pitch. There is a gymnasium, video analysis room and medical clinic. In addition, the accommodation and the restaurant are located in the same facility, so you don’t need to move at any time. If you wish to do different activities, the natural environment of the area allows you to organise cycling or mountain activities.
Stages that have already taken place at the SIA Center
Every year, many professional teams visit our facilities. They stay for a couple of days or two weeks. We have the examples of the Uruguay or Argentina U20 teams that stay with us for the duration of the COTIF. Also teams such as Villarreal CF Femenino or UCAM Murcia who decided to concentrate a few days in the area and took advantage of our facilities to stay and play friendly matches nearby.
Other examples are Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. Their youth teams always choose the SIA Center as a place to stay when they have events or tournaments in the area. All this indicates that we are a place of reference for professional clubs and that we have everything they need so that they can continue with their usual training routine.
When to do a sports training camp?
The best time to do a training camp with your team is during a period when there is no competition. You should have at least five days to be able to work with your team and establish the tactical principles that you are going to work with during the season. In addition to the tactical aspects, group cohesion is very important in these camps. New and veteran players need to get to know each other in order to show that togetherness on the pitch.
Therefore, the pre-season period during the summer or the winter break from competition is the best option. It is during this period that all football teams make the most of the time to get together.
Benefits of a sports stage
One of the clearest benefits is that you can tailor it to your needs. Plan these days according to your assessment to make the most of it with the players. Both the club and the technical staff and players, so that this time together fosters synergies on and off the pitch.
The venue and its facilities are another plus point. Surely you can use tools that you don’t have in your day-to-day life and that the place where you are going to go provides you with. That is why it is important to think about the different variables when choosing the venue. They have to be adapted to your demands and needs so that the benefit of the stage will pay off in the future.
SIA Academy facilities
The SIA Centre is located in Enguera, near Valencia. Although it can also be reached quickly from Alicante. The facilities are endorsed by the Football Federation for practice and have everything you need without leaving the facility. Hotel, restaurant, clinic, football pitches, gymnasium… all in a property belonging to Soccer Inter-Action.
Proof of this are the academy players who live there all year round. They have everything they need to progress during the season and develop as footballers. It is a complete facility for sportsmen and sportswomen and has all kinds of details to ensure that the team’s performance is at its best.