A 3,500-capacity stadium, spa, restaurants and a beauty salon - inside Town’s Pinatar Arena training base in Spain

PUBLISHED: 11:47 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 July 2018

Ipswich Town are spending the week in Spain as part of their pre-season schedule.  Picture: PINATARARENA

Ipswich Town are spending the week in Spain as part of their pre-season schedule. Picture: PINATARARENA

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Paul Hurst has taken his players to Pinatar Arena near Alicante, Spain for a week-long training camp ahead of the new season.

The Ipswich Town players pictured arriving at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENAThe Ipswich Town players pictured arriving at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENA

The Blues squad arrived on Monday and are booked in for the week at the venue on the outskirts of San Javier in south-eastern Spain, east of Murcia and an hour south from Alicante.

Recently-departed Colchester full-back is with the squad in Spain, having turned down a new deal at the Essex club, while Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell and Tom Adeyemi have all been pictured with the group as they continue their recovery from injury.

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The venue, which has been used by professional clubs from around the world in recent years since its opening in 2013, boasts five grass pitches at FIFA standard with dedicated areas for the club’s goalkeepers to work.

Premier League side Bournemouth are due to play two matches at the Arena later this summer, with games scheduled against Spanish teams Levante and Sevilla, while MK Dons area booked in from July 15-21. Newcastle, Reading, Leeds, Lyon, FC Twente and various international youth teams have all used the facilities in recent months.

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Paul Hurst is getting to know his new squad. Picture: PINATARARENAPaul Hurst is getting to know his new squad. Picture: PINATARARENA

Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell and Tom Adeyemi are all at the camp in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENATeddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell and Tom Adeyemi are all at the camp in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENA

The main arena has space for 3,500 spectators and is equipped with floodlights, TV production facilities, high standard changing rooms with ice baths and space for referees.

Fitness is a key part of the Blues’ trip to Spain and their base includes 900-square-metre gym as well as a spa centre including a heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and a pyhsio department. There is also an on-site beauty salon, a restaurant and a press area for media work.

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Ipswich Town have trained already this morning. Picture: PINATARARENAIpswich Town have trained already this morning. Picture: PINATARARENA

The week-long stay in Spain has replaced the Ireland trip which had become tradition under former manager Mick McCarthy, with Hurst pushing for the change as he begins his tenure.

There are no plans for an official friendly during the trip, although it is understood a behind-closed-doors game is likely.

Ipswich’s first pre-season game of the summer is at Braintree on July 14.

The arena has a 3,500-seater stadium. Picture: PINATARARENAThe arena has a 3,500-seater stadium. Picture: PINATARARENA

Ipswich are at their base until the weekend. Picture: PINATARARENAIpswich are at their base until the weekend. Picture: PINATARARENA

There is also an on-site beauty salon. Picture: PINATARARENAThere is also an on-site beauty salon. Picture: PINATARARENA

Ipswich Town are spending the week at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENAIpswich Town are spending the week at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENA

Luke Chambers gets off the bus at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENALuke Chambers gets off the bus at Pinatar Arena in Spain. Picture: PINATARARENA

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