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La Manga - the perfect camp for Gaelic sports teams

Wondering where to take your team for that perfect pre-season break? Or thinking of where to sign off the campaign in style? For either, La Manga Club is the answer.

La Manga is a name synonymous with golf and tennis, with its championship-standard courses and state-of-the-art courts. It is also a well-respected destination for soccer teams.

However, it is also becoming the destination of choice for Gaelic football clubs.

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Tennis champ offers summer holiday tips

A former tennis champion has offered her insights into the burgeoning credit crisis and the impact it will have on summer holidays abroad.

According to Annabel Croft, winner of the Wimbledon and Australian Open girls' tournaments in 1984 and former presenter of BBC show Treasure Hunt, 75 per cent of families are concerned about the cost of holiday entertainment due to the credit crunch.

She added that this summer, parents should try to get their children motivated and to introduce them to tennis and other sports and activities.

"Not everybody in my family likes the same sport but it's a chance to get everyone involved in different sports and particularly if the weather is going to be so awful," she commented.

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Wimbledon tennis champ takes Spanish holiday

Following his gruelling victory over Roger Federer at the Wimbledon championships last weekend where he clinched the title of Men's Single's champion, tennis hero Rafael Nadal has been relaxing on a Spanish holiday on his home island of Majorca.

The 22-year -old Spaniard beat the Swiss world number one tennis player in an epic five-set match which saw Nadal take his first Wimbledon title with three sets to two.

Nadal was enjoying his Spanish holiday with girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, known as Xisca.

Reportedly, Nadal prefers his girlfriend not to attend his tennis matches in order that he does not get distracted.

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Tuck in at tennis BBQ in La Manga

Holidaymakers visiting La Manga this July for their summer Spanish holidays can enjoy a tasty open air meal at the tennis centre.

Irrespective of whether or not holidaymakers are at La Manga Club for a tennis break, all are welcome to come along to the Tennis Centre Family Barbeque.

Perfect for those on family holidays in Spain, there is more than just the open grill buffet on offer.

The tennis professionals of La Manga Club will host what has been described as a "sociable evening" of fun and entertainment.

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Go easy on the drink, sporty holidaymakers warned

Tourists who enjoy a little sports on holiday have been warned not to indulge their passions after having a few drinks.

In the hot summer sun of La Manga, a refreshing alcoholic drink might be perfect for a leisurely lunchtime - but it is not the best preparation for a game of tennis, Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society (Meas) has suggested.

The group warned that playing any sports while under the influence of alcohol can heighten the risk of injury.

"When people head off on holidays they often do not consider the possible affects a cocktail of sun and alcohol can have on them," said Fionnuala Sheehan, chief executive of Meas.

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Temper tantrums on Spanish holidays?

Only 40 per cent of couples from the UK who go on holiday together do not have arguments, according to a survey by

Around 17 per cent of tiffs which take place are because of the jealousy of one of the partners, while simple issues such as the weather result in 16 per cent of squabbles.

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Brits 'lack foreign language skills'

Spanish holidays might be a perennial feature of many Brits' summers, but new research claims most may as well have never visited the place, so poor is their grasp of the language.

The study by revealed that 81 per cent of UK holidaymakers refuse to take a phrasebook or dictionary away with them. The ability of locals to speak English is relied upon by 33 per cent of respondents.

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Tennis "Weekend Warriors" at La Manga Club

Fitting in nicely with the start of the UK's premier tennis tournament Wimbledon, La Manga Club is offering weekend tennis courses to those on Spanish holidays.

Aimed at those who wish to improve their tennis skills or simply those who like a challenge, the weekends are suitable for all level of ability.

The courses take place from Friday until Sunday at the tennis centre and promise a "friendly, sociable atmosphere".

Holidaymakers wishing to hone their skills will be taught by experienced coaches and the Tennis Warrior Weekends are available between September and March.

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Tennis at La Manga Club for Wimbledon fans

As Wimbledon 2008 gets into its swing on the first day of the championships, eager tennis fans may wish to consider taking themselves on a Spanish holiday to La Manga this summer to hone their own skills.

No matter what your standard, if you are a novice or an experienced player, as long as you are a tennis enthusiast, La Manga Club can offer you an exciting and fun tennis break.

The resort's tennis centre is internationally renowned as one of the top outdoor facilities in Europe, complete with temperate climate and floodlit courts.

In addition to having hosted professional players at events like the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, the resort's 28 tennis courts - which include a mixture of clay, hard and AstroTurf are available to amateurs and holidaymakers the year round.

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Tennis training in La Manga

As the annual build up to Wimbledon begins in the UK and excitement mounts in regards to British hopefuls, only one thing can be guaranteed - the likelihood of rain delays.

While Wimbledon may be one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world, matches are often held up and disrupted due to rain delays.

As tennis fever sweeps the nation again, an ideal break this summer for adults and children looking to hone their backhand skills is La Manga Club in Spain.

La Manga benefits from in excess of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, this works out at more than 300 days.

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