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Residence reforms to continue making dreams come true
Residence reforms to continue making dreams come true

The work taking place will make the young talents from the Yellows Academy more comfortable

A factory of excitement. Since 2002, when the Miralcamp Training Ground was built, Villarreal have looked after the dreams of hundreds of young talents who wanted to be successful for the Yellow Submarine and be professional footballers. Mario Gaspar, Moi Gómez, Alfonso Pedraza, Yeremy Pino and Álex Baena were some of the young boys who trusted in Villarreal to make their dream come true.

After more than two decades of this ambitious formative project, Villarreal have started to renovate the first floor of the academy residence, where nearly 100 young talentes between the ages of 12 and 17 live, study and train hard, to hopefully become footballers one day.

José Ramón Villalba, Villarreal CF’s residence manager has 23 years of experience at the club. He explains why the residence is undergoing a refurbishment: “It’s something that we had in mind and now is the time to do it. We wanted to reduce the number of boys per bedroom. The main aim is to step up a level in terms of quality at the residence.”

With the refurbishment, the home for Villarreal CF’s young talents will not only completely redo the first-floor bedrooms, making them more spacious and comfortable, but will also increase the whole floor by 180m2, which will be used for a new games room, an audiovisual room with an 80-inch television, a meeting room, two offices and two storerooms. The first floor will have two bathrooms and a new bedroom, increasing the total capacity of the residence from 90 to 94 boys.

Ceramics are the main material used for the reform. Provided by PAMESA, Villarreal CF’s main sponsor, this material, which decorates the Estadio de la Cerámica, will also take centre stage of the residence, being used in both the new bedrooms and bathrooms and making the facilities elegant and modern.

The bedrooms for the academy players will have everything they need, with a desk for each youngster, energy efficient LED illumination, heating and air conditioning, smart TVs, fast broadband connection and sound systems.

In the first floor, players up to the age of 16 live, while on the second floor, the older players live. At the moment, the second floor, which is more modern, will not undergo refurbishment this summer, but there are plans to do so in the near future.