Training camp in USA: World Sports Academy
While the training camp is gaining momentum and the players are getting ready to start their campaign in the Florida Cup, we introduce you to the sports complex, where the team are staying at.
The IMG Academy is sports facilities in Bradenton, which Shakhtar are based in now. It was founded in 1978 and focuses on youngsters aged between 11 and18. The Academy is a private boarding school for sports preparation of school, college and professional athletes. This is one of the leading schools in the world, combining academic education and sports. The IMG Academy features the programmes for golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football, American football, athletics and cross country. Every year, the Academy campus welcomes over 30,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries. To assess the level of the complex, it is enough to name a few global names: Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, Serena Williams, Boris Becker, Aron Johansson, Tim Howard. At the time, they trained at the IMG Academy.
The infrastructure includes 15 football fields, 52 tennis courts, 3 full-length baseball fields, four basketball courts, a golf course, swimming pools, SPA, numerous gyms and treadmills. It is also the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, which deals with sports nutrition. The Academy is the venue for many international amateur and professional sporting events.
It should be added that the Brazilian club Fluminense, whom the Pitmen will face on 17 January in the Florida Cup, are also now staying at the IMG Academy.