Inaugurated in 1971, the Lezama facilities were born out of Athletic Club’s need to have a space of its own for a training centre for the professional team and a football academy for the youth categories of the Club.
Located in the district of Lezama, about 15 kilometres from Bilbao, these facilities form the bedrock of Athletic Club and its philosophy given that it is the home of the youth teams who underpin the idea of competing with only home-grown players, a defining characteristic of the club.
Lezama houses Athletic’s first team and Athletic women’s team, as well as seventeen grassroots youth teams which form the stages which all players must overcome before reaching the first team. Bilbao Athletic (Second Division B), Basconia, Women’s B team, two Junior teams (17-19 years old), three Cadet teams (15-16 years old, one of them a girls’ team), four Youth teams (13-14 years old, one of them a girl’s team) and five Children’s teams (the youngest players at 11-12 years old) make up Athletic’s base; these are the teams in which they are trained and from where they emerge to make up the professional squad.
The facilities in Lezama, distributed over 13 hectares, comprise four standard size grass pitches (one of them with two grandstands for approximately 3,200 spectators) and four artificial turf pitches, also of standard size, as well as an indoor sports hall with artificial turf, gymnasiums, a medical centre and storerooms. Parking facilities (covered and uncovered) and a bar are also available to users.
As well as the infrastructure of the facilities we must also take into account the human resources which uphold the work which Athletic carries out with the youth teams. These include coaches, physical trainers, medical staff, auxiliary staff, and teachers who complete the sports training and human development of the youth teams.
In Lezama, the work which is carried out with the different teams is unique and shared by all the coaches of the club. The player is the key element, the cornerstone of the training plan, and playing is the principal means of learning through which he assimilates concepts. As well as optimising the player’s sporting performance, our goal is to foster all aspects of their education in order to ensure the all-round development of each player. The aim is to follow a process which ensures that the Athletic player possesses the human attributes consistent with the demands of modern-day football whilst also representing the values and the idiosyncrasy of the club.
The idea of Lezama goes beyond the actual facilities. Athletic also oversees the work of a number of clubs that make up the Athletic Club structure. The young players who excel on the field follow a specific training program in one of the sports development centres which are available to the club throughout the Basque Country.
To get to Lezama by car, two different routes may be taken depending on the direction in which you approach the village:
Once you reach the facilities, vehicles will enter the new underground car park. If all the parking spaces are full, entry to the facilities will not be allowed but it will be possible to use the park and ride facilities in the Polígono de La Cruz at the entrance to the village of Lezama next to the Euskotren train station.
Athletic Club requests that all those who visit the facilities use public transport. Those who arrive by train (Euskotren) should get off at the last stop in Lezama, not the stop in La Cruz.
In any event, we ask that you follow the directions of the Athletic Club staff at all times.