Lagoa was, once again, chosen by Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB) as the place to carry out the stages of the football formation levels, from sub-13 to sub-16, south zone, between the months of January and July 2021. In view of the predicted absence of competitions for the training levels, the second half of the season, Benfica decided to extend the performance of internships of athletes who, under normal conditions, would be at Benfica Campus – Training and Training Center.
Thus, Lagoa is once again the chosen place for the weekly concentration of athletes from the Algarve and Alentejo. «The quality of the sports facilities and hotel units in the municipality of Lagoa, the strategy of municipal sports development, in addition to the excellent climate of the region, justify the choice of the club, as well as others of regional, national and international level , who find in Lagoa excellent conditions for the practice of sports in the most varied modalities », underlines the local authority.
The space had already welcomed, in the last four months of 2020, during the weekends, the young athletes from Benfica's formation who will now continue their individual development process, with training sessions at the Bela Vista Municipal Stadium and in the Municipal Sports Complex of Estômbar. In the current pandemic context (Covid-19), the SLB developed an Intervention Plan that transfers training courses to two areas of the country: one in the north and one in the south.
Luís Encarnação, Mayor of Lagoa, again welcomes the choice of SLB, which "only demonstrates the quality of our sports facilities and the ability to receive clubs with the size of S.L and Benfica".