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Carlton Football Club completes successful training camp in Abu Dhabi

Posted Thu 10 Nov 2011 12:07:49 pm in News, Sports | By News Desk

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 10th November 2011: One of Australia’s most distinguished sporting teams, the Carlton Football Club, has wrapped up their week-long training camp in Abu Dhabi.  

The Carlton Football Club, which is based in Melbourne, is the most successful team within Australia’s largest and most popular domestic sporting organisation - the Australian Football League (AFL).

In their first ever visit to the Middle East, the club spent two weeks based at ASPIRE Academy for Sport Excellence in Qatar before the delegation of 50 players, coaches and fitness staff arrived in Abu Dhabi on November 3.

Staying at the Emirates Palace, the club utilized the world-class training facilities the Palace has on offer, along with experiencing many recreational activities across Abu Dhabi.

“From a high performance training perspective, we had high expectations, which have no doubt been met throughout our time in the UAE,” said Carlton’s Senior Coach Brett Ratten.

“I doubt there is anywhere else across the globe that could better provide the world-class facilities and hospitality that we have seen here in Abu Dhabi.

“From the specially designed meal plans arranged by our nutritionists and the chefs at the Emirates Palace, to the care that was taken in ensuring that our training sessions were run to our high standards, nothing was left to chance.

“As footballers, there is no doubt we will return to Australia in better condition, but we were also very privileged to be given the opportunity to experience some of the UAE’s most amazing attractions.”

During the week the team visited the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Golf Course, Al Forsan Sports Resort, the Bu Tinah Environmental Dome and held an Auskick session with hundreds of children at Emirates Palace.

The trip achieved strong Australian media coverage and will provide a direct boost by promoting Abu Dhabi tourism opportunities into the Australian market. 

Carlton’s visit was a direct outcome of a previous Emirati delegation to Australia from the Department of Municipal Affairs looking at infrastructure management and world’s best practice. 

“At the conclusion of the training camp, our players will commence annual leave, with many planning to stay on for the Formula One Grand Prix,” Ratten said.

“We are grateful for the support we have received since arriving in Abu Dhabi and hope to return again.”


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