The Juan Carlos Ferrero Equelite Tennis Academy was founded by Antonio Martínez Cascales in 1995. The then-small tennis academy was designed to continue the work that Cascales and a group of collaborators had been carrying out at several schools in the area since 1980. What started in 1995 as a modest and small Academy, with only two tennis courts and a gym, is now one of the best tennis academies in the world.
The technical and human quality of the professionals working at the Academy is unmatched. Many of the professional on our staff live in at the academy to attend to the players full time. The Juan Carlos Ferrero Equelite Academy provides new, private and high quality facilities geared towards high level tennis performance.
A 120,000 square meters surface is specially and exclusively provided for the use and enjoyment of the players at the Academy. An important advantage of the Academy is that the programs are not overcrowded, in order to offer the best quality. Furthermore, all court surfaces are available in the same academy, allowing you to work on a good tactical play and footwork.
The Juan Carlos Ferrero Equelite Tennis Academy is located in Villena, northwest of the province of Alicante. It borders west with Castilla-La Mancha and Murcia, and at north with Valencia.
The Academy is easily reached. It's located 2 hours from Madrid by train, 30 minutes from Alicante by car, 20 minutes by train from Alicante, or 1 hour from Valencia by car.
Villena is an old city and its most important monument is located at the top of the town: an ancient Arabic castle. The original city center was located at the foot of the imposing fortress.
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 its history. Since then, the surrounding population has been increasing and settling around the nearby farm lands, shaping the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy to what it is today.
First-class rooms and accommodation options are available for parents and adults in the most exclusive area of the Academy. The restaurant is also separated from the players canteen in order to make you feel comfortable while you are staying and spending quality time with your children.
The Academy is not only characterized by its wonderful sports facilities but also by its peaceful rural hotel “Equelite”. You will find a nice large garden with a pool just a few meters away from the courts. Around this garden there are cozy wooden houses, all available for your to spend afternoons with your family and friends.
This rural hotel is part of the Academy of High Performance, which hosts training sessions for world-class players such as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolás Almagro or Tita Torró. Besides enjoying all the awesome amenities and facilities, you can enjoy a great variety of sports such as tennis, paddle tennis, cycling, running, football or golf at any level.
The wooden houses are ensuite, have a small terrace and views to the garden, television, Wi-Fi, laundry service, air conditioning and private parking.
The Academy's coaching team is certified by the most prestigious world organizations, and has decades of combined experience.
Juan Carlos Ferrero
- Sports Director
- Director of the Valencia Open 500
- Former number 1 ATP 2003
- Winner of Roland Garros 2003
- Winner of 4 Masters 1000
- Winner of 3 Davis Cups
Antonio Martínez Cascales
- Founding President of The Juan Carlos Ferrero-Equelite Academy
- President of the Professional Tennis Committee RFET (Real Federación Española de Tenis)
- Member of the Youth Committee of the ITF(International Tennis Federation)
- Technical Director, Co-Founder of The Juan Carlos Ferrero-Equelite Academy
- Coach of Nicolas Almagro
Cesar Fabregas - Coach of Tita Torró
Roberto Roldan - Coach of Junior Group (Women)
Sergio Garcia - Coach of Futures Group (Women)
Juan Carlos Ovando - Coach of U12 Group
Francisco Martínez - Head Coach,Coach of Group U16/ U14 TE
Jose Ezequiel Lido - Coach of Futures Group (Men)
Luis Busquiel - Coach of Belgium Group
Oscar Soria - Coach of Juniors Group (Men)
Located in front of the sport complex at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy, Equelite Golf offers all the facilities for enjoying an unforgettable golf experience. The golf club is technically a part of the sport complex Juan Carlos Ferrero, where you can train and sharpen your golf skills all year round.
Celebrations and Events
You can organise your celebrations and events at JCF-Equelite using all the facilities available:
- Natural Green Football Field
- Tennis Courts
- Beach Volleyball Court
- Paddle Tennis
- Table Tennis
- Table Football
- Swimming Pool
In addition, there is a perfect area with two rooms for 30 people and a terrace for the catering. The catering itself can be ordered from their in-house fine dining facilities, as well as bar services.
The Academy owns a shop with the essentials materials and equipment needed for training. These include:
- Tennis Clothes - shirts, shorts, dresses and skirts.
During each year the Academy may organize trips to professional tournaments like the Valencia Open 500, Davis Cup, etc. The Academy may also plan day trips for kids and adults who want to join, such as Terra Mitica, Aqualandia, Paintball, Karting, and other fun activities.
There is a unique possibility of learning Spanish or English at the Academy, for those interested in learning the language quickly. The Academy organizes efficient programs designed to encourage kids and teenagers to learn a new language in a reduced amount of time.
The Academy is located in an area of 120,000 square meters, which is a perfect place for players to achievetheir highest level regardless of age group.
Juan Carlos Ferrero-Equelite aims to help players sharpen their tennis skills, dedicating all the facilities exclusively to players of the Academy. Another advantage is the excellent weather which you can enjoy year-round, and it allows trainees to excel even in the most unforgiving conditions.
The Academy is well equipped with top notch facilities to make your stay and tennis experience an unforgettable one. Deluxe accommodation, fine dining facilities and state of the art amenities are a few of the features available at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy.
- 10 Clay Courts
- 7 Hard Courts
- 1 Central Hard Court
- 1 Indoor Hard Court
- 1 Artificial Grass Court
- 3 Indoor Paddle Tennis Courts
- 2 Outdoor Paddle Tennis Courts
- Beach Football / Volleyball Court
- 400m Running Track
- A Football Field with Natural Grass
- A Golf Course & 9 Putting Holes
- Golf Practice Facilities (Bunker, Putting Green, Approach Green, and Chipping Green)
- Technogym Gym
- The players residential area has single and double rooms with full board
- Equelite Rural Hotel
- School Center (Secondary/Bachelor/International)
- Players lounge
- TV room
- Internet cafe and restaurant
- 2 swimming pools with gardens
- Sports shop
- Sauna and jacuzzi
Apart from tennis and sports-oriented activities, there are other options that Equelite offers you such as transfer from the airports or train stations, residence for parents, and other services.
The Academy provides transportation services (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 organized by the Academy's official cars, and are always chaperoned by a senior trainer.
The Academy helps 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 the parents and the Academy.
The Academy manages and organizes the players' travel, tournaments, trips or holidays. Airplane tickets, train tickets, accommodation and all other details can be arranged by the Academy.
The Academy has a quick and effective racquet string service, and a consulting and advising service in case of doubt or change of the racquet. This helps both young and seasoned tennis players understand their racquet and identify when they need to re-string it or change it completely.