Spain is a country with a long sporting tradition. It has contributed with great athletes to the international arena, such as Rafa Nadal, Mireia Belmonte and Pau Gasol, among others. Most of the national success in sports is due tothe importance we see in health and fitness. Another important factor, is that we count with excellent facilities and high performance centers spread throughout the country: from the high performance tennis academy ,managed byour most successful national player, to a remarked center “of high flights” in the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada. So, which are the best high-performance centers in the country?
The Rafa Nadal Academy: with the guarantee of a champion
One of the last to arrive but which have greater significance in so little time is the Rafa Nadal Academy of Manacor (Mallorca). And it’s because the success isguaranteed by one of the best players in the country. It follows the same methodology as the technical and human team that has made Rafa Nadal the champion he is today: a champion inside and outside of the courts. Proof that this facility offers the best tools to excel in tennis.
But not only the name of the most international tennis player catches our attention: 26 regulated tennis courts, 2 olympic swimming pools, a football field, 7 paddle tennis courts and a fitness center with the latest technology are just some of the magnificent facilities that we can find in this high level center.
High Performance Centre of León: ajump to glory
Athletics is one of the sports disciplines considered a key one. Without this discipline, the Olympic sports would miss many of its attractions, and Spain could not lack of atraining center for this discipline.
This is the case of the High Performance Specialized Center for Athletics and Launch Sports (CEARD) of Leon, where 26,000 square meters accommodate launching areas, a straight field of 130 meters and areas devoted to long jump, high jump and pole vault, among others.
Sant Cugat, Madrid and Sierra Nevada: excellence is the main course
If Mallorca has its specialized tennis center, and León counts with an equivalent one for athletic disciplines, the two great capitals and Granada host the best high performance centers at all levels in their mountains.als and Granada host the best high performance centers at all levels in their mountains.
These three centers alternate
Notably,out of these three centers, we must highlight the one located in Sierra Nevada (Granada) for having the peculiarity of being a high performance center t level: home of the World Cup of 1995). Its orography allows the physical adaptation to a very appropriate environment for training as moderate height.
Other specialized High Performance Centers
The city of Seville counts with a rowing and canoeing specialist center: the CAR (the Spanish acronym for“High Performance Center”) at La Cartuja, on the banks of the river Guadalquivir. Santander, up in the north of the country, counts with specializesin sail thanks to the Center Principe Felipe. Langreo (Asturias) counts with gymnastics areas; Cantoblanco (Madrid) with olympic shootingcenters and, last but not least,cycling is a famous sport in Valencia. These are the five proposals that complete the map of high performance centers in Spain that complements the already strong offer of football and basketball clubsaround the country. It must be said that Swimming is alsobecoming a popular sport.