High Performance Campus, Quinta do Lago
World class sports facilities for elite athletes in the AlgarveThe High Performance Campus opened recently in Quinta do Lago. The top class facilities, aim to entice world class sporting teams and athletes to train at The Campus, in the Algarve.
The High Performance Campus is the second phase of The Campus project, an investment of €10 million made by the award winning Quinta do Lago resort. Famous for it’s golfing excellence and pristine courses, Quinta do Lago is now set to become the fly-to destination for professional and amateur sports enthusiasts, with particular focus on football and rugby, tennis, padel and biking.
Quinta do Lago has always offered a top quality lifestyle experience. Nestling among the lagoons and waterways of the protected Ria Formosa natural park, washed by the Atlantic and with endless days of summer sunshine, the resort has always been a magnet for top sports professionals looking for off season relaxation. With the inauguration of the facilities at the High Performance Campus, the resort will welcome top teams from the world of football and rugby as they prepare for their sporting seasons and major championships.
The High Performance Campus has been designed off the back of exhaustive research into sports facilities around the world. Here, the aim was not just to replicate the best, but to ensure that The Campus included details that were missing elsewhere. Jewel in the crown of the new facilities is the pitch. Not just any old grass, this is a stadium quality Desso GrassMaster hybrid pitch. The surface can be modified to replicate the exact pitch conditions at stadiums round the world, allowing teams to train on the type of pitch that they will face in coming games, giving them a competitive edge. Off the pitch, there is video analysis, stadium spec team locker rooms adjacent to the hot and cold recovery baths, sauna, Turkish bath and treatment rooms. There is also a high performance gym with direct access to the outside and pitch areas. The lower level of the High Performance Campus can be separated from the upper levels as required, ensuring the privacy of visiting teams.
The driving philosophy at The Campus is to be elite whatever your level. To encourage this, the High Performance Campus has a second gym, fitness rooms, spinning rooms and an outdoor heated pool. These, and all the facilities at the centre, are open to all Campus members, both local residents and visitors to the area. There are regular fitness classes as well as special training camps for amateurs and aspiring champions, for juniors and adults. The tennis and padel facilities at The Campus are superb, and now aspiring competitive players can work on their fitness and all-round game preparation at the High Performance Campus.
Not all the sporting action takes place within the grounds of The Campus. The Bike Shed, which is the centre’s biking hub, run by para-olympian Mark Rohan, offers regular weekly social spins around the Algarve and locally, around the Ria Formosa, as well as longer biking holidays and special training for cyclists and triathletes.
Also located at The Campus is Dano's – Quinta do Lago’s most recent bar and restaurant. With a great terrace overlooking the courts, Dano’s is where you go for a post-workout refresher, to watch the big games on the multiple screens or to relax with the family. The food is always healthy and fresh, but hits all the tastebud boxes too.
The Campus has already welcomed top athletes to Quinta do Lago, including the British Paratriathlon Elite Team, Olympic Marseille, Burnley FC, Beijing Sinobo Guoan and Croatia National Team. It’s not only the visiting teams that are elite – the resident team of experts at The Campus all excel in their chosen area of expertise with sports physicians, coaches and analysts on hand to deliver an elite experience to every guest, whatever their level.
Aside from the visiting teams and the regular fitness classes, The Campus hosts regular workshops such as the recent Tennis Camps with Judy Murray and the very popular Soccer Camps with Rio Ferdinand. Aiming to improve fitness for the whole family, there are great kids activities on offer too. Find out about upcoming events at The Campus .
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