Shortly before last Friday’s training session, Palmeiras’ squad, trainers and technical staff paid a visit to the “Centre of Excellence” under construction at the club’s training grounds, the Football Academy. Close to conclusion, the Centre is where the squad will stay during the day(s) preceding Palmeiras’ games. Athletes will have a first-class structure at their disposal: private accommodation, auditorium for lectures, dining hall, games room and a mini-cinema. The facilities also include brand new medical and physiology departments with state-of-the-art instruments, a swimming pool for regenerative work, and a large gym.
Initially financed by Palmeiras’ sponsor Crefisa, the conclusion of the Centre is being paid for by president Paulo Nobre – a more than generous, personal gift from him to the club.
The official inauguration is expected towards the end of the month.