ISF takes an inside look at Barcelona’s new training facility that they hope will bring them similar success to the world famous La Masia.
Writer – Ben Crump
For over 30-years, Barcelona occupied the small training complex called La Masia attached to the Camp Nou. It produced big names like Xavi, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta and perhaps the biggest : Lionel Messi and will always be remembered but in 2011, Barcelona announced they would be moving all football activities to a new training complex.
Lets take a look into the new La Masia :
Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper was completed in 2006 and used firstly by the clubs Basketball, Netball, Futsal and Hockey teams and now by Barcelona football team.
5 grass pitches.
4 artificial grass pitches.
1 multi-sport pavilion.
1 grandstand building by pitch 1.
1 service building (including team catering areas).
2 Press Areas.
4 First Aid areas.
1 dressing room building.
Different training areas for goalkeepers and technical aspects.
2011 saw the construction of the new La Masia building to house all of FC Barcelona’s youth teams, it can also be used by first team and national teams for training camps.
A pool and saunas area built for recuperation of injuries
The New Masia
The new La Masia is 6000 square meters and consists of two floors, individual rooms, as well as rooms for two or four people to share depending on preference. Individual desks and broadband connection are also in the rooms, in total 83 players can stay within the complex.
Wash facilities inside the complex
Their is a room solely for study where players will focus on their schoolwork each day from 3.30 to 6.00 in the afternoon. The room will also be used for coaches and technical staff to give talks to players as this was stopped at the old La Masia due to lack of space.
Classroom within the new training complex
New additions to the building include a games room and lounger, meeting space for all members, foosball tables, video games, wi-fi access and more. Space for the players to meet with their families, along with views of the training pitches, are elements to promote motivation and to help residents feel more at home.
It remains to be seen if the new training complex can produce the same talent of which La Masia did but it’s facilities are something to be admired.