13 Nov Irish Daily Star Back Salou Inspection Visit
IT’S the time of the season when amateur clubs across the country start to think about/plan that possible team trip abroad in the New Year – and Futbol Salou is a destination Irish clubs could become very familiar with.
The young state-of-the-art football facility just outside of Barcelona will be making its debut with the Irish market this season and promises to impress.
Dublin-based company DB Sports Tours are behind the combination of the Irish team tour market and this exciting Spanish destination.
Next month’s club/coach inspection visit will give interested parties the chance to travel to Salou and see for themselves the benefits of exposing their young players to the Catalan way.
From international tournaments to team bonding weeks that incorporate games against local opposition and master-class training sessions with the resident coach, Futbol Salou offers the lot.
Former RCD Espanyol youth player and Technical Director Albert Vinas now has the same role at Futbol Salou and as the man charged with educating visit teams in the Catalan ways, he couldn’t be more experienced.
Recently appointed the Director of Coach Education for Libya, Vinas (left) tutored former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova and Liverpool Head Academy coach Rodolfo Borrell when working with the Catalan Futbol Federation.
“For the moment I have not worked with Irish Football, but I have much experience in other countries such as Korea, Finland, Norway, USA, Japan,” says Vinas.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Irish market, which I believe is a very exciting market with a lot of talent and potential.
“At Futbol Salou we want to help clubs with every aspect of football, from exposing them to different levels of teams with friendlies, to learning the Catalan philosophy with the master-class or even training the coaches themselves.
“Our main, and immediate goal, of course is to teach visiting players/coaches the Catalan philosophy.
“Through the master-class session I organize it normally in Catalunya, because we want the players to practise and the coaches can see how we exercise and our mythology.”
*Text courtesy of Ireland’s number one junior soccer supplement TARGET – in the Irish Daily Star every Tuesday*