Jo Bergsvand and José Bernal at the Marbella town hall
Jo Bergsvand and José Bernal at the Marbella town hall / SUR

Marbella looks to attract more teams during the winter break

  • Mayor José Bernal welcomes the director of Norway's professional football league to promote the town as a potential training base

Marbella’s Mayor, José Bernal and the town’s councillor for Tourism, Javier Porcuna have met with Jo Bergsvand in an attempt to endorse the town’s training facilities and encourage professional, foreign footballers to train in Marbella.

The meeting comes after the provincial government of Malaga announced that this winter approximately 4,800 footballers trained and played matches in sports grounds around the province this winter. They revealed that the expenditure of the footballers, in addition to the money spent by the loyal fans that followed them, raised an estimated 6.5 million for the province.

Enrique Pérez, from the Marbella Football Centre, one of the proposed potential training locations, was also in attendance at the meeting.

Javier Porcuna explained that there are already teams that are based in other parts of Spain but are looking to relocate to Marbella on account of its numerous assets such as its climate and wide array of hotels.

Proof of the economic advantages of hosting footballers and their fans also come from Football Impact, who have managed the majority of the clubs that come to train on the Costa del Sol. The company points out that, collectively, footballers spend up to 46,000 nights in hotels and rented accommodation around the province. The income received from this is then compounded by the thousands of fans that also pay to watch the matches and spend a few days on the coast.