JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy prides itself as a worldwide known high performance academy, located in Villena, Spain. The academy was founded in 1990 by Antonio Martinez Cascales and has come a long way since the beginning, more than 25 years ago. When the academy first opened its doors to the World, it had only 2 courts, nowadays we are proud to announce our academy as the best high performance academy, with 20 courts of all kinds’ surfaces and many more world-class facilities.
Since the beginning, the Academy works to take out all the best from the players. Antonio Martinez Cascales’s intention was to get the best facilities and conditions for the young athletes in order to improve tennis around the area and get into professional tennis world. Juan Carlos Ferrero came to the hands of Cascales at the age of 10. Daily practices of his dad in the tennis club made him take the racket and choose the sport he wanted to practice for the rest of his life. The academy staff promotes social and cultural development of its players by taking care of their growth.
At the academy you can enjoy your stay in our Equelite Rural Hotel not only with tennis, but also with Padel, a 9-hole golf course, Sauna, Restaurant, Equelite Sport shop and physiotherapy clinic. The academy is the place where professional players enjoyed their stay practicing with us, and many of them still work at the Competition program nowadays. Furthermore, you could have a site tours around Alicante/Valencia while enjoying your practices.
The academy highlights its Competition program for players with ambitions of improving their game style. The program has a limited number of places due to the personalized practices offered to the athletes. Players will be supervised by our high quality staff: certified tennis coaches, athletic trainers, physiotherapists, doctors, and psychologists. All the staff has working experience with professional athletes. During the stay in competition, a personalized training and tournament plan will be adjusted according to the level and the age of each player.
Education occupies an intrinsic part of Equelite´s value on court as well as out of the court. Those players, who would like to combine practices and studies, will be able to do it at our main facilities. For that reason, we collaborate with “King´s College” school, located in Alicante, to offer the possibility of following the British Council system. The study plan will be organized and adjusted by our teachers, individually for each player according to tennis plan. The tutoring could be taken at any time, including evenings and weekends. With us, you can also take private Spanish and English classes with the teachers of the academy.
Among other things, it is also worth noting the large number of tournaments that can be played in the academy for all ages and levels. We are proud to have the only junior tournament ITF G1 category: Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero G1. In addition to other tournaments such as the International Senior Open and other national tournaments. In all of them, we help our players get WildCards.
For those who want to develop their tennis to a more social or playful level, the academy offers other programs besides high competition such as Mini-Tennis or recreational tennis and paddle tennis actions adjusted to smaller groups and children. During the summer, the academy offers the Summer Campus or Summer Stage (June, July and August), where children from 8 years old have the opportunity to train as our professional players do throughout the year.
JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy is one of the best high performance tennis academy in the World, located in Villena, Spain At the age of 22 in 1980 Antonio Martinez Cascales founded a tennis school from the club that he used to practice. By 80’s the school was one of the best leading schools in Spain; got famous around the young players and shaped professional players such as Santiago Ventura (ATP 50).
The academy was founded in 1990 by Cascales. After establishing it, Antonio Martinez Cascales (Headcoach) together with Samuel Lopez (Coach) formed a team and started coaching kids there, where Juan Carlos Ferrero became a part of the team in the main year with the age of 10.
In 1994, Juan Carlos was the champion of Spanish Team Championship sub-14. In 1995, Antonio Martinez Cascales decided to buy a small house and built 2 courts where nowadays jointly with Juan Carlos Ferrero they own high-performance tennis academy.
The goal of this academy was to get the best facilities as possible for young athletes, where they could practice, improve their tennis skills and get into the professional world such as Juan Carlos Ferrero (Nº 1), Nicolas Almagro (Top 10), Pablo Carreño (Top 40), Guillermo Garcia Lopez (Top 50), Maria-Teresa Torro Flor (Top 50), and James Ward (Top 250).
Besides from this players that have had practices for long years with us, professionals such as Maria Sharapova and her team practiced at our academy to prepare her debut at Rolland Garros to become a Nº1 in the world in 2005 after, which she celebrated her win with us; David Ferrer who obtained his first ATP points with us; Justin Henin, Dinara and Marat Safin’s, Thomaz Belucci, Maria Jose Martinez, Santiago Ventura, Marta Domachowska, Aravene Rezai, Mariusz Fystenberg, Mohamed Safwat passed through our academy.
Nowadays, the academy counts with one of the best international reserve of young athletes as Pablo Carreño-Busta, Nicola Kuhn, Mario Vilella, Matija Pecotic, Carlos Sanchez Jover, Rafa Izquerdo.
Apart from tennis, know the other options that Equelite offers you such as rips, transfer from the airports or train stations, residence for parents, studies, etc..
- Competition + school
Book for the school for all ages and levels (initiation, pre-competition, adults; special programs for holidays), or enjoy particular classes to complement the daily activity.
Change the racket and practice the trendy sport in Spain: school for all ages and levels, or private lessons. Or even a specific competition program!
The academy counts with a 9-hole golf course and a practice field where you can take lessons or enjoy it by your own!
We all know the importance of mental strength in sports nowadays. That’s why our sports psychologists are completely qualified to work with young athletes to complement their preparation: group or individual classes, in court or out of it, theorical and practical.
The academy offers specific programs in accordance to your needs: intensive or periodical programs, indivual or in groups, to gain or to lose weight. Besides, we offer the possibility of participating of special programs so teams can prepare their pre-season or even distance programs with tutoring via Skype.
JC Ferrero-Equelite physiotherapy clinic has accredited professionals with strong expertise in the sector and a wide supply of therapeutical massages to prevent or treat injuries. We work with Indiba Activ, tool that help us work on injuries treatment with the latest technology.
Take advantage of your stay with us to learn english or spanish with our teachers.
The Academy colaborates with an international company specialized in helping foreigners in getting their visa. If a player requires these services, the academy will help the player to contact the company.
- Hotel accommodation and restaurant for parents
We have first-class rooms for parents and adults in the most exclusive area of the Academy, as well as a restaurant separated from the players’ canteen in order to make you feel comfortable while you are staying and visiting your children.
We provide you with a transportation service (for transfer or collection) to the airports of Alicante and Valencia, and to the train stations in Villena, Alicante and Valencia. Furthermore, the trips for tournaments are always in the Academy official cars, and always together with the trainer.
The players can study during the year with a teacher they are in charge of both Spanish and foreigners. We also offer you the possibility of learning Spanish or English, for those interested in learning the language quickly.
- Bank accounts
We help you with the procedures to open an account in any of the banks of Villena. Moreover, the player could withdraw money from the reception of the Academy whenever he wants, with the authorization of their parents and the Academy.
From our Secretary we manage and organize the players’ travels, tournaments, trips or holidays.
- Sports shop
The Academy owns a shop with the essentials materials and equipments for the trainings: tennis clothes, trainers, strings, grips, caps, racquets, etc.
We have a quick and effective racquet string service, and a consulting and advising service in case of doubt or change of the racquet.
During the year we sometimes go to professional tournaments (Valencia Open 500, Davis Cup, etc.) or to some daily trips, such as Terra Mitica, Aqualandia, Paintball, Karting, etc.
There is land connection in the rooms and wi-fi in the common areas of the Academy.
The Academy has a cleaning service in charge of the agile use of washing machines, driers and ironing according to the players’ needs.
Sports have been evolving and becoming more and more important in our society, what we practiced as a hobby some years ago, is now a job. There are people pursuing the summit in sports, and there is a single and existing competitiveness, due to sports have been promoted and spread all around the world.
As it is normal and common, when an activity is developed, some regulations and some control are required in order to have more organization. Hence, sports are now institutionalized and have an impact on economical, social, labor, racial, global aspects and so on. Sports have gained more importance and as a result, they are considered from a more legal and appropriated organization.
Adults and children enjoy doing sports activities, some of them even becoming professionally recognized by their sports skills. Nowadays, sports have a legal and social control, by means of agreements, Federations, Code of Ethics, Worldwide Sports Services, etc. Institutions include from local neighbourhoods, until Transnational Organizations. Sports are one of the few events that can join people without any restriction, and due to the importance they have had during the last decades, currently there are some sciences focusing on the study of them, like anthropology, sociology, law, politics, finances, advertising, etc. The UNESCO (1989), has stated that sports are the specific activity in competition in which the practice of physical exercises is strongly valuated, aimed at the achievement of the likelihood morphofunctional and psychic improvements, linked to the beating of the player or his adversary. However, they are not only aimed at the improvement of the human body, but also at the development and enrichment of the spirit and some other qualities, such as loyalty, energy, perseverance, and decisiveness. According to Pierre de Coubertin, leader of the International Olympic Movement, sports are “the voluntary and regular worship to intensive muscular effort, supported by the wish of progress, which can even come to risk”.
Once said that, Equelite-JCFerrero Academy adds what is considered the main principles in general sports, and particularly in tennis, in the XXI century: quality of life, enjoyment and education. Values that we try to transmit to those who come and visit our facilities.
Villena is a city located in la Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, at the northwest of the province of Alicante, bordering at west on Castilla-La Mancha and Murcia, and at north on Valencia.
Villena holds the judiciary and is the capital of the region Alto Vinalopó. It is located at 504 meters OSL and it has a total area of 345,6 km2, (the second largest town in the province). Villena has a population of 35222 inhabitants (according to the National Statistic Institute), resulting the 10th largest town in Alicante, and the 22nd in la Comunidad Valenciana.
Villena is an old city and its most important monument is located at the top of the town: an ancient Arabic castle. At the foot of this fortress was established the original city centre, and since then the population has been increasing and setting around, all being surrounded by farming lands. After the Reconquest the lords of the distinguished lineage of los Manueles, Aragón and Pacheco, established the capital of an extensive marquisate during many years, which had an influence on the national history.