Even though it is a football center, it can also host other kinds of events: “Again by request and in partnership with Sassuolo City Council – Mr Fabris went on to say - the Mapei Football Center could also host social events”.
Mapei Football Center is now operating at full swing. “Sassuolo first-team – so Mr Fabris noted - mainly trains on pitches 1, 2 and 3 (i.e. the grass pitches). Viewed from the main entrance, they are the playing fields on the left. More specifically, winter training will take place on the pitch with underground heating. This freeze-proof and snow-proof heated playing field will be less dangerous to use. Technically speaking, this should mean fewer injuries. On the other hand, our youth teams will train on the large synthetic grass pitch over on the right with its own stand and on two other pitches. We have a total of 21 men’s and women’s teams, starting with our very youngest players right up to Serie A professionals. We are currently working out the ideal plan for making the best possible use of the pitches, gym, clinics and facilities for holding trials for young players”.
BELGIUM-MAPEI, A LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP
The first team to train at the Mapei Football Center after the official opening ceremony (that took place on 10th June) was the Belgian Under 21 team as it got ready to take part in the final matches of the European Championship. The team is trained by Johan Walem, who is well known in Italy after playing for a few big clubs. Talented young players being scouted by important European clubs also got to train on the Cà Marta pitches. “We are delighted to have made our facilities available to a national team”, so Mr Fabris was quick to note. Having Belgium as the Center’s first guest at the new enter should augur well for the future. Mapei has always had very close ties with Belgium and its sports people. This dates back to the days of the Belgian riders Museeuw, Steels, Vandenbroucke, Merckx and Peeters, who collected plenty of victories for the Mapei Professional Cycling Team.