Football legends set for La Manga

Scotland football legends Gordon Strachan and Kenny Dalglish will be at the forefront of a week-long family sporting extravaganza at La Manga Club this summer to help Spain’s flagship resort raise thousands of euros for under-privileged children in South America.

Among the many activities taking place at the top Murcian resort, Scotland manager Strachan and ex-Liverpool and Celtic star Dalglish will take charge of two sides in a charity junior football match on August 2, with all the proceeds going to the Alda Foundation – which helps educate poor youngsters in Paraguay.

Costing €100 per player, any boys and girls aged 12 and over can take part, with each participant receiving a certificate, picture, gold or silver medal and personalised shirt for the team they are playing for – either Strachan’s or Dalglish’s.

The game is just one of a number of charity family activities that will be staged at La Manga Club from July 31 to August 5 as part of the award-winning venue’s Alda Charity Week.

Taking place on July 31, tennis fans can enjoy a fun day at the resort’s 28-court tennis centre with tournaments for players of all abilities, a professional exhibition match and food and refreshments included in the entry price. (€30 per adult and €15 per child)

Golfers of all ages can join in the fun at a family golf day on August 3, including the chance to play for top prizes in a shotgun adult/child pairs competition on La Manga Club’s famous North Course. Entry costs €50 per adult and €20 per junior.

And the week of fundraising activities will be brought to a spectacular climax on August 5 with a glittering Alda gala dinner, where an audience of 250 dignitaries, guests and residents will gather to enjoy a a moonlit gala dinner (with wine), live music, and a charity raffle and auction.

The Alda Charity Week will embellish an Olympian menu of activities and choice available to families when they take a holiday at La Manga Club this summer.

Included in these are the resort’s popular White Night evenings on July 22 and August 12, where guests have the chance to experience the spirit of Ibiza with moonlit beach dinner parties at the resort’s own Mediterranean cove with live cooking stations, cocktails, and chill-out DJ sets.

As well as hosting the official FC Barcelona Football Junior Club Camp for the third year in a row from July 25-29, La Manga Club is offering youngsters the chance to brush up on their sporting skills at the Michael Owen Rugby Academy at the start of August.

In addition, the resort has a wide range of sporting academies for guests of all ages to enjoy this summer including tuition packages at its world-renowned tennis centre and Leadbetter Golf Academy – the only such facility in mainland Spain.

The multi award-winning venue boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure venue with three 18-hole golf courses , a new High Performance Sports Centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre also available.

Visitors can stay in a choice of the resort’s four-star Las Lomas self-catering apartments or five-star Principe Felipe Hotel, while La Manga Club offers more than 20 bars and restaurants and its own Mediterranean cove beach.