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New York Red Bulls preparing for football break at La Manga

New York Red Bulls MLS team are in practice this week ahead of a football break at La Manga Club, where they will play a number of exhibition games.

According to Big Apple Soccer, most of the team is currently in New Jersey preparing for the trip to the luxury holiday resort in Spain, a place where they have found their form in past pre-season warm-ups.

Arriving too late to compete in the La Manga Cup - which they won during their previous incarnation as the MetroStars - the Red Bulls will nevertheless compete against several teams in the competition between January 20th and February 4th.

La Manga Club famously attracts some of the best football teams from Europe to its training facilities, but it is also popular among US sides.

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Rugby legends set for La Manga golf tournament

A number of famous rugby players will enjoy the delights of La Manga Club this May as the Wooden Spoon Celebrity Rugby Golf Classic takes place.

Former British and Irish Lions captain Gavin Hastings will be at the luxury holiday resort in Spain for the May 19th to 23rd event, along with the most-capped forward in rugby union history Jason Leonard and fellow England internationals Matt Perry and Mark Regan.

A statement announcing the tournament was published this week by Golf Monthly and Wooden Spoon claimed to be "delighted" to be staging it at "the beautiful La Manga Club".

Those taking part will stay at the deluxe Principe Felipe Hotel La Manga Club and will compete at the resort's North and South championship courses in teams of three, with each group including one rugby star.

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Anderlecht train at La Manga Club

Anderlecht have been in training at La Manga Club this week ahead of their match against Dutch side FC Twente.

The two teams will clash at La Manga Club Football Centre at 17:00 local time today (January 12th), with those staying at the luxury holiday resort in Spain able to watch for free.

Photographs of Anderlecht - historically one of Europe's most successful football clubs with a Uefa Cup, two Cup Winners' Cups and two Super Cups to their name - training are available via the official La Manga Club blog, along with snaps of other big football teams to play there recently, such as VfB Stuttgart.

An article posted on the Easier Travel website this week claimed that the La Manga resort "boasts the best facilities in southern Europe for professional sports teams" and this is reflected by those who have taken to its pitches in recent years.

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Steph Houghton to make England return at La Manga

Leeds Carnegie midfielder Steph Houghton will train with England for the first time in over two years this week as the side heads to La Manga for a five-day camp.

The Guardian quoted the 21-year-old as saying while she will not be playing any full matches until at least next month - meaning she will miss the friendly at the end of the La Manga trip against Norway - she is looking forward to practising again after an eight-month layoff.

"I'll be back in the international environment and after two months of non-contact training, I can hopefully play in some small-sided games to start getting my touch and awareness back," she remarked.

Houghton has suffered numerous injuries over the last few years, putting her out of the World Cup in 2007 and the European Championships in 2009.

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VfB Stuttgart full of praise for training break in La Manga

German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart recently stayed at La Manga sports resort and one of the coaching staff has praised the quality of the training camp they had there.

The football centre there has seen many professional clubs come and use its outstanding facilities and accommodation, with the German side the latest to heap compliments on it.

Speaking after four days of a training camp at La Manga, general manager at VfB Stuttgart Horst Heldt described the experience as "very good" and highlighted the "excellent conditions" that they enjoyed.

He commented that the weather was great every day that they trained and singled out the quality of the training pitches for specific praise - stating that they were in "superb condition".

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Cricket tour offer made available for holidays in Spain

Clubs trying to book holidays in Spain to enjoy a cricket tour this spring may be excited to see that La Manga resort has made a new offer available for selected dates in March.

As well as boasting first-class golf and tennis facilities among other things, the luxury resort also has two regulation club turf cricket pitches and four full length nets.

Now, for certain dates in March, cricket clubs that choose to hold their tour at La Manga Club can get four nights for the price of three by contacting the sports team.

The sports and leisure centre said: "Every cricket club that chooses La Manga Club for training will benefit from the personalised coordination services of our highly experienced sports groups department.

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"Unbeatable offer" for travellers booking golf holidays

People looking to book their golf holidays in Spain this month may be interested in a discount deal being offered by La Manga resort.

Guests at the luxury complex are being offered a free, 18-hole round of golf for each night that they stay there - excluding the night of arrival - with prices starting at €75 per person, per night.

This means that golf enthusiasts will be able to hit the links every day for no extra cost, as well as enjoying their deluxe accommodation, daily buffet breakfast and complimentary access to swimming pools, steam rooms and saunas.

The "unbeatable offer" is available at Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe until January 31st 2010 for guests staying for at least three nights.

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Holidays in Spain 'still financially competitive'

Holidays in Spain still make practical sense for many, which has helped the country to continue to attract visitors amid the global economic downturn.

At least this is the suggestion of the Spanish Tourism Office's UK and Europe director, who said it remains both "accessible and financially competitive" for travellers, which contributed to many refusing to cut back on their trips last year.

Ignacio Vasallo indicated that he would like to see Brits continue to go to the country over the next 12 months, which he hopes will "see increased financial confidence in the marketplace as well as a desire to explore the more undiscovered side of Spain".

His comments were made following a new study by Skyscanner, which revealed that Spain continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations for UK residents.

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Enjoy tasty Mediterranean cuisine at La Manga

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club this year will find a wide range of restaurants to visit during their stay.

The resort boasts more than 20 bars and restaurants, including a number specialising in Spanish cuisine and offering local produce.

For traditional tapas dishes, holidaymakers can head to La Bodega, which also serves up an extensive selection of local wines and is home to a spacious terrace.

Meanwhile, guests who want to treat themselves to a special meal in elegant surroundings may wish to book a table at Amapola restaurant.

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Stay in a deluxe room at Las Lomas Village

With modern Mediterranean decor and cool terracotta flooring, the deluxe rooms at Las Lomas Village are an ideal option for couples or friends planning to take a break at the La Manga resort.

The spacious rooms are furnished to the highest standards and feature a stylish granite bath tub, walk-in shower and two twin beds, which can be joined together to create a double.

Guests will also find high-speed internet access on offer, as well as air conditioning, a safe box and a balcony, which is ideal for enjoying a relaxing coffee in the morning or an after-dinner drink.

Cribs can be supplied on request and rooms also come equipped with refrigerators, ironing boards and hairdryers.

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