Spanish club offers ‘Holding Camp’ for Malaga-goers for $1,900

If you’re planning to attend Malaga worlds in September, tourism is probably part of your sked. So why is La Nova Sporting Club selling a masters sports camp at Alicante, Spain — four hours away? And who’s willing to cough up at least $1,900 for the privilege? Those are my questions upon reading the promo. Camp organizers say: “We know you will arrive fully focused on ‘Preparation and the Pursuit of Excellence,’ and the last thing you want to is to have to wait and queue for taxis or buses, so our La Nova Sporting Club driver will meet you at the arrivals lounge and take you in comfort to the resort. … Whilst we know you’re there to train and prepare, should you wish to take some time off, Alicante and Santa Pola are minutes away, with lots to see and do.” The “holding camp” is Aug. 27 through Sept. 2 “for athletes competing at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain starting on the 4th September 2018.”

La Nova drapes itself in Daegu worlds imagery to sell sports camp. Why bother?

We also learn:

La Nova Sporting Club’s World Championship Holding Camp is the perfect opportunity for world-class athletes from around the World to combat jet lag and acclimatise for peak performance.

Athletes will have full access to excellent track and field facilities, with opportunities to train at different times of the day and experience similar conditions and temperatures to those in Malaga.

(Santara Resort – 20 minutes from Alicante airport)

Self-contained bungalows which can house up to 4 athletes

Each bungalow is fully accessible, well-furnished and equipped with TV, WiFi, telephone and air conditioning

Bungalows include a living room, dining area, bathrooms, utility room with washing machine, kitchen including cooker, microwave, fridge freezer and own private terraced seating area

Access to great facilities including medical and sports therapy support on site; on-site gym; Spa area with massage; supermarket; restaurant; games room and meeting room

Full board, with high quality food and a specifically designed menu
Training Facilities

(in nearby Elche – 15 minutes from Santara Resort)

The Manolo Jaen athletic facility with 8 lane Mondotrack™; the surface of choice of the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; High quality weights room

The Esperanza Lag Pavilion, with its Olympic sized (50 metres) swimming pool

Optional extra at own cost: athlete training sessions can be videoed to assist coaches


Airport transfers from Alicante airport to Santara Resort

Daily Transport to and from the athletic facility

Transfer by luxury coach, with AC, video and WC from Santara Resort to Malaga (approximately 4 hours).

Price – from £1,399. Please contact us for more information

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January 2, 2018

2 Responses

  1. Bill Newsham - January 4, 2018

    The real question is…will Malaga registration ever open. October 15th has turned into 3 months of ‘Soon’. I’m personally holding off on all plans until I ascertain whether they seem to have their act together. 3 months of silence to me means they don’t.

  2. Michael D Walker - January 4, 2018

    A masters training camp sounds like a good idea but it is pricey. Thee cost aside, I have reservations about attending a training camp just before the meet as that is normally a time when you are resting more to peak for your event(s).

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