Train like the pros on the ultimate weekend break

Want to whip your Sunday league side into shape this summer? These swanky centres in Spain, Portugal and Italy are the ideal retreats for three days of pro coaching in the sun, notes Nick Moore…

TENERIFEThe lowdownNicknamed ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’, Tenerife has arguably the finest climate in Spain (it averages 24 degrees in summer, so isn’t baking). It’s also the perfect place to punish an unfit squad and get them to up their game, because you can train at 2,000 feet above sea level.

The training campLocated in the picturesque fishing village of La Caleta on the southern coast of the Canary Island, you’ll be based at a training centre called T3. Boasting a beautiful grass pitch, a fine artificial pitch and beach football site, as well as a fully equipped gym and physio rooms, you’ll enjoy coaching sessions with a fully-qualified pro every morning, and a game against a local side on the final day.

Where you’ll stayParties can chose from a trio of hotels. Three-star Jardin Caleta is virtually next door to T3 and contains open-plan apartments with sea or pool views; the four-star Hotel Isabel with apartments and villas is designed for maximum comfort; and the Hotel H10 is on the stunning La Enramada beach.

What it costs£475 per person (not including flights), based on a minimum of 15 persons. This includes transfers. More details

MADRID The lowdownWant to follow in the fleet footsteps of Xavi, Alonso, Torres and Villa? Then visit Madrid for a truly unique training experience at Spain’s National Football Federation training facility, Soccer City. Situated amid stunning countryside in the west ‘sierra’ of the capital, you’ll also enjoy a tour of one of the world’s great stadiums, the Santiago Bernabeu, before spending some free time in the Spanish capital itself. FFT's Madrid city guide

The training campIdeal for semi-pro or ambitious amateur sides. Your squad will truly be put through its paces by the coaches at the centre during this four-day camp. With six different two-hour sessions, it should give any aspiring coach ideas to deploy when you get back to Sunday league training on your return to in Blighty.

Where you’ll stayYou’ll be put up in four-star accommodation at the training camp. The food is first-class, and a buffet breakfast, three-course lunch and dinner are all included.

What it costs£695 per person, including all transfers but not flights. Alternatively, identical packages at the Alcobendas Sports Complex – with similar facilities, if not the kudos of being Spain’s base – are available from £545 per person.More details

ALGARVEThe lowdownThe Vilamoura region of the Algarve is famous for lush beaches, lively nightlife and superb golf courses. But it also offers a world-class football training camp situated just 20 minutes from Faro airport, which has already been used by Fulham, Middlesbrough, Benfica, Holland and Russia.

The training campWith a superb gym and spa (including Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna), this is a great place to unwind. And thanks to two 90-minute training sessions per day, tactics sessions and a match against a local side, your football should improve, too.

Where you’ll stayYou’ll be put up in pleasant villa accommodation (either single or double rooms) on site.

What it costs£495 per person, including transfers but not flights. Extras, including rounds of golf, paintballing and fishing trips, can be arranged.More details

UMBRIAThe lowdownFamous as the ‘green heart’ of Italy, this beautiful region boasts lush vegetation, rolling valleys and a warm climate ideal for a training camp. With trips to Florence and Rome available, it’s a great value trip with a difference.

The training campYou’ll arrive in the afternoon and settle in. Day two involves a training session and trip to Rome or Florence; day three, light training and a match against a local team. With a five-a-side pitch, outdoor pool, gym and wellness centre, you won’t be bored during down-time, either. FFT's Rome city guide

Where you’ll stayYou’ll be housed in a peaceful hilltop hotel minutes from the pitch, serving a ‘menu created for footballers’. Rooms are available with modern furnishings and minibar.

What it costs£195 per person, not including flights. More details

Training camps available at Nickes.com (not at FFT Travel Shop). Other destinations include Barcelona, Marbella, Rimini and more. Teams will also be able to book places in five-a-side tournaments around Europe via Nickes.com

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