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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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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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Prepaid currency cards 'can help holidaymakers save'

The pound may have lost strength against the euro over the last year, but there are still a number of steps Brits can take to make their money stretch further.

This is according to Peter Harrison, travel money expert at moneysupermarket.com, who claimed that with a little research, those taking holidays in Spain can get more bang for their buck.

"If you are prepared, you can get the most competitive exchange rates by looking at Travelex online and then picking up at the airport.

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Brits urged to 'check insurance policies'

Brits taking holidays to Spain and other overseas destinations should ensure they have adequate travel insurance cover, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The organisation is urging holidaymakers to check their policies before leaving and make sure they are covered for the essentials such as lost luggage and medical expenses.

ABI spokesman Malcolm Tarling commented: "They should ensure, before they sign on the dotted line or click 'I accept' with their mouse online, that they should actually understand what they are covered for."

Finding an affordable policy which offers protection for "everything under the sun" will be difficult, so travellers should focus the areas they want cover for, he added.

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Sunshine is 'most important holiday factor'

Warm weather is the most important factor for tourists when choosing a holiday destination, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by flight search engine Skyscanner, 20 per cent of people said the weather influenced their decisions.

A further 17 per cent said that price is important, while 13 per cent said they like to travel to destinations where they can experience interesting and exotic cultures.

Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director, said the poll demonstrates that Brits are as keen as ever to escape the gloomy weather and jet abroad to sunny destinations such as Spain.

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Overweight people 'unpopular travel companions'

Brits would rather sit beside a banker or politician on a flight than an overweight person, a new survey has revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Essential Travel, 41 per cent of people said they would not like to sit beside a large person, while 17 per cent said that a crying baby is their worst travel nightmare.

A further 11 per cent said they would be unhappy if seated beside a work colleague, with eight per cent afraid to sit next to chatterboxes.

Commenting on the findings, Philip Jordan, marketing director at the company, said: "At a time when everyone is worrying about the economy, we were surprised that British travellers seem to loathe fat people even more than bankers and politicians.

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Improve your golf skills at La Manga Club

Holidaymakers keen to improve their golf skills may wish to consider a stay at La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated on the Costa Calida, the resort boasts an exceptional range of facilities and basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year.

The La Manga Club Academy of Golf offers tuition and courses for players of all abilities, with a large team of professional instructors on hand.

Facilities at the academy include two indoor teaching studios and the latest video analysis technology is available to help players improve their game.

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Holidays in Spain 'still an attractive choice for Brits'

Holidays in Spain can still offer good value for British travellers, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators, people can always find ways to make their holidays cheaper, such as opting for a self-catering stay.

"You can offset your cost so if you want to go to France or Spain, you can book a villa and buy your own produce, that's a big attraction too," a spokesperson for the organisation commented.

Holidaymakers may be worried about the current exchange rate between the euro and pound, but they should compare the relative cost of items between countries, he added.

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Brits 'need sun therapy'

Brits rely on holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations to help them recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by Saga, 17 per cent of respondents said they felt the need to book a holiday following the loss of a loved one, while nine per cent said being diagnosed with an illness made them want to jet abroad.

The study also revealed that the effects of a holiday often last for months after returning home.

Of those polled, 28 per cent said they felt relaxed for weeks after they returned from their last break overseas.

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