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European cricketers heading for La Manga Club

Spain's La Manga Club is attracting a number of top European female cricketers, it has been reported.

According to the Costa Blanca Leader, the cricketers are to take part in a European cricket academy at the resort in April this year.

In total 17 young hopefuls aged between 16 and 21 will work with a coaching team at ICC European Centre of Excellence at La Manga Club.

"It will give the best young players in our region an opportunity to improve their skills to better compete on the world stage in global events," ICC European development manager Richard Holdsworth told the publication.

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La Manga Club shortlisted for sports title

Those familiar with Spanish holidays at the La Manga Club will know of the excellent sporting facilities available for guests the resort boasts and now it looks as though the club will get global recognition after it was announced that La Manga Club has been shortlisted for the title of World's Leading Sports Resort at the World Travel Awards.

The awards will take place next month on the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos.

Over 100,000 international tourism professionals will vote at what is recognised as the world's largest travel awards.

"We are naturally delighted to be shortlisted.

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Ilford teen heads to La Manga

An Essex teenage tennis prodigy is heading to southern Spain to compete at La Manga Club, Europe's leading five-star sport and leisure resort.

David Wright, from Ilford, has qualified for the Sunday Telegraph Center Parcs Junior Grand Prix Boys Under-14 Masters Final, which will take place this month.

According to the Barking & Dagenham Recorder, the 14-year-old has qualified for the Masters final following a series of victories in a lengthy Grand Prix schedule that saw him finish first on the under-14 boys' leaderboard.

David racked up 660 ranking points on the domestic circuit and is one of the favourites for the La Manga contest, with a national ranking of 13 and a rating of 5.

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Scottish golfers heading to La Manga

A team of junior golf players are set to be booking flights to La Manga soon after they won the chance to represent Scotland at the luxury Spanish resort.

According to the East Lothian Courier, Craigielaw Golf Club's team of youngsters carded 370 in total to reach the top of the leaderboard and qualify for the Home Nations tour.

Beating Glasgow's Eastwood Golf Club at the Carrick on Loch Lomond, five points saw the gap between each side widen until Cragielaw took the title.

For the second year running, the team will travel to La Manga on January 6th until the 11th to compete against Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

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More choose value flights to Spain

People seem to be getting more cheap flights to Spain to visit their Spanish holidayvillas if new figures are anything to go by.

According to the Spanish Industry Ministry low-cost airlines flew 2.7 million passengers to Spain in August, up 42.9 per cent from the same month last year.

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Sporting Alfas win seventh national cricket title at La Manga

La Manga is home to some of the best sports facilities in Spain and this week the five-star resort played host to the final of the Cricket Espana National League, which saw Sporting Alfas romp to victory, picking up their seventh national title.

Sporting Alfas beat rivals Madrid Cricket Club by 64 runs. With just 27 boundaries being hit throughout the afternoon, the match was hard work for the batsmen at La Manga, and Madrid finished at 175 all out against Sporting Alfas' 239-5.

Speaking to the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader newspaper last month, Tony Coles, the general manager of La Manga club explained how cricket was an important part of the sporting scene at the five-star resort, which is often better known for its golf and tennisholidays.

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The Times names La Manga among "autumn's best active holidays"

An article featured in Saturday's issue of the Times has praised La Manga as one of the "top autumn adventures" available to holidaymakers seeking an active break this autumn.

The UK national newspaper singled out La Manga's "world-class tennis academy" and its fantastic micro-climate as unique attractions, making the Spanish resort an ideal get-away from the grey skies of autumn.

Among the many plaudits given to La Manga, the Times identified the dry and sunny micro-climate around the Mar Menor lagoon as the perfect location for a game of tennis this autumn. The group tennis clinics provided by the five-star resort were said to be the perfect way for holidaymakers to improve their game before heading out on to the clubs 28 clay, grass and hard tennis courts.

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British golfers get ready for Gold at La Manga

The third round of the Golden Golf Celebrity/Amateur Tour is set to hit the Devon at the end of September in what will be the West Country's first live televised celebrity golf tournament.

Sky Sports will broadcast the event, which will held High Bullen Hotel Golf and Country Club on September 23rd and at the Royal North Devon course at Westward Ho! on the 24th.

The tour offers amateur golfers the chance to earn a place in a star-studded finale at La Manga Club, where they will play alongside a dazzling array of celebrity golfers drawn from the world of sports and television.

Amateurs competing in Devon will be paired with celebrities including Kriss Akabusi, winner of the 400m gold at the World Championships in 1991, Shane Byrne of the 2005 British and Irish Lions, and Phil de Freitas, the youngest member of the 1986-87 England cricket team that won the Ashes in Australia.

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Irish couples head for Spain for weddings

Of 150 foreign couples married on Spain's Costa del Sol this year, the vast majority were Irish, according to a priest working in the Catholic Diocese of Malaga.

Many couples from Ireland and other EU countries are now taking advantage of cheap flights to Alicante and other destinations as an affordable way of hosting their wedding in the Spanish sun.

Often couples stay with family and friends in Spanish hotels and holiday resorts, according to Father Manual Torres, parish priest of Benalmadena and diocese and delegate for tourism in the diocese of Malaga.

"They come with all their family and friends, staying together in a hotel for a few weeks of celebrations," Father Torres said.

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ABTA: Spain popular for Christmas holidays

Christmas is the second busiest time of year for travel and many people choose to take their festive holidays in Spain, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

Growing numbers of people choose to flee England over the Christmas period, with Spain among the more popular destinations for winter sun, an ABTA spokesperson said.

"Along with August, Christmas is the biggest time people choose to go on holiday. Partly because of the time they get off, and partly because it's just one of those times where things aren't happening in the office," she explained.

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