Oxford University Athletics Club

Warm Weather Training

Each year, all OUAC athletes are invited to attend a warm weather training trip abroad. We typically spend 7-10 days at a resort on the Algarve during the Easter holidays. We are accompanied by one or more OUAC coaches, who are veterans of warm weather training trips and help direct our training to ensure that we get the most out of the experience and return to Oxford in better condition than we left in. The trip is very reasonably priced and is often subsidised by the Achilles Club.

The purpose of the trip is twofold:

  • To train - The trip provides athletes with an opportunity to train using excellent facilities and hopefully in excellent weather. Training at this point in the year is some of the most important. Athletes may be doing transitional work from their winter routine to their summer program. Other athletes might be doing last minute “fine-tuning” before the competitive season kicks off. Such training can be performed most effectively away from the unpredictable and typically inclement weather at home during the spring and also in an environment in which athletes can give extra time to complete their sessions as well time to assess how their training is going and to rest. Standard facilities at a resort will include an 8 lane, well-maintained track, Olympic standard field event facilities, weights, swimming pools, a beach and physios and masseurs nearby.
  • To foster team spirit It is more often than not, during our trip away that many of the all-important foundations are laid in generating a strong team spirit for the summer ahead. The trip provides athletes with the opportunity to get to know each other better, build up the camaraderie within the club and enjoy a relaxing break before Trinity term. It is naive to underestimate the advantage of having a strong team spirit. A wise man once said, “It is in Portugal where the Varsity match is won or lost.”

Check out the photos from the last few years in the photos section and feel free to contact the men’s vice-captain for further information.

2014 Trip
This year we shall be revisiting the fantastic Vila Real de Santo Antonio Sports Complex (VRSA) in Portugal (http://www.sportcenter-vrsa.com/index.php).  The VRSA is a world class facility used by many national teams and going on past experience it is highly likely that we will be rubbing shoulders with international athletes!
There is plenty of sun, sea and sand (and pristine beach trails to explore for the long distance runners) as well as an incredible gym, multiple javelin runways, discus/hammer circles and shot circles to please the throwers.  There are multiple pits for long/triple jumpers as well as facilities for pole vaulters and high jumpers (both indoor and out) and rest assured that all of these facilities are world class.  There is, of course, a fantastic 400m track as well as an indoor 80m track (although weather should not be a problem!)
Many of our coaches will be travelling out with us to provide us with their valuable coaching expertise and additionally, we are lucky to have Lesley coming along to offer massages to those in need.
The Important Details
WHEN?   19th March – 29th March
WHERE?  **** Hotel Duna Mar – Monte Gordo ****     (Yes that’s 4 stars & half-board)
APPROXIMATE COST?  ~ £350 (this includes tour stash!) – Flights will need to be booked on top of this for around £100-120 return.
Please make cheques payable to OUAC and pidged to George Gundle at St Johns College or contact George for bank details if making a transfer.
Any questions?  Email benjamin.conibear@st-annes.ox.ac.uk (Men’s VC & Tour Director) or ralph.eliot@exeter.ox.ac.uk

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