Great Britain Rugby Train at MPFS Marbella

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30-10-02

We were very pleased to welcome the Great Britain Rugby Squad to Marbella last week , the 30th of October 2002.

Great Britain Rugby, Marpafut, Marbella, Spain

The team was here to prepare for their Test series against the almighty New Zealand team. All three matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The team got straight into training. After arriving at Malaga airport at lunch time, the team were already training at the Marpafut centre by 15.00 hrs.

The football pitch was transformed into a rugby field, a few days before the teams arrival, with rugby posts being installed, and the necessary lines being painted. Extra weights were brought into the Marpafut Gymnasium, which the team made full use of.

Day Two: the team trained in the morning for two hours in the glorious sunshine, followed by activities in the afternoon, including golf, paddle tennis, or just relaxation around the pool. The team then enjoyed a relaxing night in the hotel with some excellent live music from Gareth Christian.

Great Britain Rugby, Marpafut, Marbella, SpainGreat Britain Rugby, Marpafut, Marbella, Spain

Day three: started with training again in the morning, followed by afternoon activities. The evening was spent in the beautiful Spanish village of "Benhavis" , 7km into the mountains, where the team were able to sample some of the local Spanish food, and traditions.

On the last full day of the trip, once training was over, the team had lunch in the hotel, and then headed up into the mountains. This time to a village called "Monda" 20 minutes north of Marbella. Here we had organised a very special day offering the players, and staff, an afternoon of fun at the Marbella Gun & Country Club. It was an ideal exercise to help "team building" and create an excellent bond between the players and management staff, before they headed back to England, into battle. Activities included, Clay pigeon shooting, Quad bikes and Archery. The day was rounded off with a BBQ on the pool terrace, after which they headed back to their Hotel Westin in La Quinta.

This trip was an enormous success for everyone concerned, and we look forward to welcoming the team back next year.

A special thanks must go to Phil Clarke (GB team manager & Sky Sports presenter), who helped make this trip such a success.

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