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Home and away: Football League pre-season destinations

21 July 2015

The start of the 2015/16 season is less than three weeks away and Football League clubs all have their own approach on how to gear up for the new campaign.

While some have opted to remain in familiar surroundings to ramp up their preparations, many have opted for sunny skies and high-altitude locations in their bid to get their season off to a flying start next month.

Here, we take a look at some of the destinations visited by Football League clubs.


Spain, and particularly Marbella, has proved a highly popular venue for pre-season training camps in the past, and this year has been no exception. Birmingham City and Middlesbrough have ventured into its exotic offerings recently, as have Scunthorpe United and Leyton Orient.

IMAGE: The scene at Blues training camp in Marbella

— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) July 7, 2015
Bury and Rochdale have also been preparing for their respective seasons in Spain, both opting for the island of Tenerife, while new Stevenage manager Teddy Sheringham has taken his squad to Seville.

TENERIFE: The second session of the day is well underway #RAFC >

— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) July 3, 2015

To the west of Spain is Portugal, and another location that has played home to several Football League clubs during the summer break. Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Bristol City, Chesterfield, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday are just a few who have endorsed its environment of late, with the majority of those teams visiting its famous Algarve region.

Morning from Portugal! The players will have breakfast shortly before their first training session of the day.

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) July 13, 2015

The likes of Bolton Wanderers, Fulham, Hull City, Leeds United and Oxford United have selected Austria as their pre-season destination, swapping coastlines and sea for a more central-European base, but equally stunning scenery.

Stadium gets set to welcome the Yellow Army

— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) July 14, 2015

Morning all! What a glorious day for training here in Austria!

— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) July 12, 2015

Some Football League clubs have made the short trip across the English Channel to France to get back in the swing of things, including Brighton & Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wycombe Wanderers.

Here are your #Chairboys on #BastilleDay in France - the local town flew a Union flag to mark their arrival:

— Wycombe Wanderers FC (@wwfcofficial) July 14, 2015

Holland has been playing host to a number of clubs this summer, and has provided slightly cooler temperatures for all those looking to get back to the fitness levels required. Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has taken his newly-promoted Sky Bet League 1 outfit Burton Albion to his native country, where Cardiff City and Derby County have also headed this week.

NEWS: First game in Holland ends in victory for the #Brewers. More:

— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) July 9, 2015
All clubs will descend back on British shores within the coming weeks, as they prepare to return to Football League action for the weekend commencing 7th August.

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