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International standard football facilities at La Manga Club

Whether a pre-season training camp or a winter get-together is required, La Manga Club boasts the standard of facilities needed by professional football sides.

Murcia in south-east Spain enjoys the kind of year-round climate that makes training here a favourite for many clubs. The English Football Association is one of the most high profile groups to have taken advantage of the glorious conditions.

The facilities on offer are the match of the weather.

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Step up a level at La Manga's Pro Academy

Parents of talented youngsters looking to press their children's claims to be the next Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams might like to consider tennis holidays to La Manga Club.

As well as offering a host of tennis facilities for players of varying abilities, La Manga Club is home to the Pro Academy, at which the professionals of the future can work to perfect their game.

Running in July, August, at half term and over Easter, these sessions are designed to push the most able of young competitors and are not recommended for those who do not already play to a minimum standard.

As such, regular tournament competitors in the age groups of 8-10, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19 are invited to attend.

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Training the tennis pros of the future in La Manga

Keen tennis fans may know that in much of their young life Scottish stars Andy and Jamie Murray learned their craft on tennis holidays in Spain, making the most of the facilities and coaching there.

For those keen on bringing their kids on tennis holidays to Spain, there are more opportunities to develop the talents of the youngsters as the La Manga Tennis Academy is geared up to the needs of all ages.

Children aged six or under can start with a 45-minutes introductory starter course, while those aged seven to nine can get an hour's coaching per day and older children two hours.

Youth tennis coaching is offered for all ages up to the age of 19, so that kids visiting the country that produced Rafael Nadal can explore how far their own talent might take them.

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Plan your teambuilding event with La Manga

When it comes to team building, La Manga may be just the place to come to allow everyone to enjoy the sun, a bit of pampering and gather together that collective spirit for the challenges ahead.

Those who come to La Manga can make the most of the skills and experience of training specialists Alto Rendimiento, who offer a programme of seminars to help build up team spirit and communication at all levels.

A long list of notable companies has used this facility, including Boeing, NASA, Ford Spain, Pizza Hut, the US Navy and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Those seeking to add their name to this long and varied list will also be able to enjoy the huge variety of activities and sights available at La Manga.

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Spending a honeymoon in La Manga

For those undertaking one of the most important occasions in their life, everything must be just right for the wedding. But beyond the ceremony, the reception, the car, the dress and the suits, not to mention everything going smoothly on the day, there lies the honeymoon.

La Manga could be just the place to spend those first days or weeks of wedded bliss.

Staying in the Hyatt Regency resort, those enjoying their nuptials will be able to gaze out on the scene of mountains, lush scenery and the sea while staying in an executive Suite or even the luxury Royal Suite.

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Holiday sales 'look strong'

Holiday sales for this August were down just seven per cent on the previous year, suggesting that despite the economic doom and gloom, hard-working Britons are reluctant to sacrifice their holidays in Spain.

According to Ascent Market Intelligence's Leisure Travel Monitor, the slight drop in numbers is due to tour operators and carriers reducing their capacity, rather than a fall in demand.

Figures show that an increasing number of holidaymakers are opting to stay in catered accommodation to cut costs, Travel Weekly reports.

Ascent chief executive Sarah Smalley commented: "This is not the sign of an industry in a terrible state.

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Tickle your taste buds at La Manga

A recent report by Ascent Market Intelligence suggested that an increasing number of holidaymakers are opting for catered accommodation and all-inclusive packages – and with the quality of food on offer at resorts such as La Manga, it's little wonder.

Those visiting La Manga will find plenty to tickle their taste buds, with more than 20 top-quality bars and restaurants to choose from.

Whether it's fine dining under the stars that you're looking for, or a light bite at the bar, La Manga has it covered.

Guests dining at the Amapola Restaurant can savour some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine on offer, while taking in the surrounding views from the restaurant's stunning terrace.

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La Manga is 'ideal' for children

Families looking to escape to warmer climes this winter need look no further than La Manga Club, where travellers of all ages are catered for.

The resort boasts excellent children's facilities, with everything from crazy golf to horse riding on offer.

Children looking to brush up on their golf and tennis skills can take part in one of the academy courses on offer, where they will benefit from expert tuition, whilst at the same time making friends.

La Manga is also an ideal destination for families with teenagers.

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Winter holidays to Spain 'on the increase'

The miserable British weather has led to a surge in holiday sales, with more people than ever preparing to jet off to sunny destinations such as Spain.

Figures from Ascent Market Intelligence show that winter holiday bookings are up by one per cent on last year, despite the ongoing credit crunch.

Furthermore, the number of people jetting off to mid-haul destinations such as Spain is up by four per cent, suggesting that although money is tight, consumers would rather cut back on day-to-day luxuries than sacrifice their holidays, Travel Weekly reports.

Sarah Smalley, chief executive of the research firm, commented: "Winter is looking more rosy and this will reverse expectations for a lot of people.

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Mobile phrasebooks 'offer security'

Mobile phrasebooks, which can be downloaded on to mobile phones and mp3 players, help to give holidaymakers an added sense of security, it has been claimed.

Bas Jaburg, technical officer at phrasebook developer Steape, suggested that by having translations at hand, holidaymakers could better deal with emergency situations.

He said that mobile phrasebooks were ideal for those taking holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations where locals may not speak English.

"In an emergency or even if you just need to get to the airport and have no idea how to get there it could be a lifesaver," he explained.

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