CARDIFF City and their manager Neil Warnock spent a week of their pre-season training at Duchy College’s Stoke Climsland campus in July, in preparation for the start of their 2017/18 Championship campaign.
This is not the first time Duchy College have played host to football clubs in pre-season training. Warnock has previously used the facilities at Duchy College for a pre-season training camp with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United.
The Bluebirds, who are aiming for a return to the Premier League, played pre-season friendlies against South West Peninsula Premier Division sides AFC Tavistock and Bodmin Town before ending their time in the West Country with a 1-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle on Friday, July 21.
Team lead for sport at Duchy College, Darren Evans, said: “It is great to welcome Neil and Cardiff City Football Club to Duchy College for their pre-season training.
“The setting is excellent for them to go through the last few practices before the season kicks off.
“It is also a fantastic opportunity for our new and progressing students to watch the training and get motivated for their next season. We have a strong squad next year and any tips they can pick up from a professional side will help them on their way.”
Warnock said he likes to bring his football team down to the Duchy each summer as the facilities at Duchy College are great.
Warnock said: “The players get the chance to relax in a great environment, lovely views all around and the college has got a great reputation for the students, it is a very forward thinking college.
“We go and play two or three games in the near vicinity. The fans come down as well, we have an Open Day during the week and they seem to enjoy it as well. Like I say, the facilities here are second to none and I really enjoy bringing the club here to train.”
For more information on the range of sports courses available across The Cornwall College Group, visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or contact Duchy College on 0330 123 2523.