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La Manga Club's Advanced Football Academy in the spotlight

The La Manga Club blog has picked out the luxury holiday resort in Spain's new Advanced Football Academy (AFA) as one of the highlights of its 2010 sports offering.

Held at the world-renowned La Manga Club Professional Football Centre, the AFA "offers a more intensive programme" than the standard five-day Football Academy for three to 16-year-olds, with budding soccer stars aged between 13 and 18 able to attend two daily sessions.

Fitness and stamina are the focus of the morning's training (between 09:00 and 10:00 local time), while technical skills are concentrated on in the afternoon (between 16:00 and 17:30).

The price per week of an individual child attending both lots of sessions is €275 (£242), while it costs €250 a head to do just the technical work.

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La Manga Club offers chocolate treatment specials

La Manga Club, the luxury holiday resort in Spain, has launched some special offers on chocolate treatments as part of its Easter holiday celebrations.

Starting yesterday (April 5th) and running throughout this month, Spa La Manga Club is giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy its Chocotherapy - The Full Works package for €90 (£79.42).

The deal includes a body scrub, a chocolate body wrap and a full-body chocolate massage, and those booking the treatment will receive complimentary access to all the spa's facilities, such as the Jacuzzi area and fitness centre.

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Holidaymakers 'wasting money on card fees'

British travellers wasted millions of pounds on avoidable card fees during their holidays to Spain and other destinations last year, according the new research.

Figures published by currency provider CaxonFX show that holidaymakers could save an estimated £122 million collectively if they avoid unnecessary charges.

"In the UK we are so used to 'free banking' that many people assume things will be the same when they go abroad," said

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Spending time with family 'best thing about Easter holidays in Spain'

The best thing about the Easter break is spending more time with loved ones, according to new research.

A poll carried out by Holiday Extras revealed that 53 per cent of people are looking forward to doing more with their family over the coming weeks.

Of those surveyed, 35 per cent said they are planning to take a break this Easter.

A further 34 per cent claimed they would love to travel overseas if they could.

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Improve your tennis skills at La Manga Club

Brits can brush up on their tennis skills by taking a trip to La Manga Club in Spain.

Located in Murcia, the resort is renowned for the quality of its sports and leisure facilities and boasts 28 multi-surface tennis courts.

La Manga's tennis academy offers a range of courses and caters for players of all ages and abilities.

The adult five-day programme is an intensive option designed to teach beginners the basics of the game.

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Brits urged to stay safe in the sun

Those taking holidays to Spain this Easter have been urged to stay safe in the sun.

ABTA - The Travel Association has published a new leaflet containing advice for people jetting abroad in the near future.

Entitled How to Have a Safe and Healthy Holiday, it cautions families against spending too much time soaking up the sun's rays.

The organisation's destination and sustainability manager Angie Hills said that although there are many health benefits associated with having a break abroad, it is important to take precautions.

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Flybe 'expecting busy Easter'

Brits planning to take flights to Spain in the near future may be interested to learn that budget airline Flybe is expecting a bumper Easter.

Ticket sales for the regional airline are up by 16 per cent compared to the same period in 2009.

Good Friday is expected to be the carrier's busiest day, with thousands of people set to take flights to Spain and other popular destinations.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, commented: "Flying to and from 70 regional UK and European airports, Flybe is in a better position than any other regional airline to meet the demands over what is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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Ryanair 'to sell newspapers on board'

Britons taking flights to Spain in the near future may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair is to start selling newspapers on board flights from London Stansted.

Copies of the Independent and Independent on Sunday will be available for £1, with the carrier planning to extend the scheme to other airports if it proves successful.

Ryanair spokesperson Sinead Finn said she expects the initiative to be a success with passengers.

Some of the destinations currently served by the airline include Alicante, Murcia, Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid.

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Take an intensive golf course at the La Manga academy

Players keen to improve their ability on the course may wish to consider booking an intensive course at La Manga Club.

The resort, which is home to three championship courses, is renowned for the quality of its facilities, making it the perfect place to master the basics.

A range of courses are available, with something to cater for players of all ages and abilities.

Lasting four days, the Total Golf Learning Experience is a great option for people who are keen to cover all aspects of the game.

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Explore the Spanish countryside on foot

Located in Murcia, La Manga Club is surrounded by stunning Spanish countryside, making it the perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts.

Guests will find no shortage of places to explore, including a number of well-marked trails in the nearby Calblanque National Park.

Holidaymakers that are feeling a little more adventurous can take a stroll towards the picturesque village of Los Belones and hike to the summit of La Fuente Hill.

This takes around 45 minutes and walkers will find spectacular views from the top.

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