By Roger Cox, Editor
Located about an hour's drive east of Barcelona, the Catalunya Tennis Club perches on a knoll overlooking its 12 hard and red-clay courts. Felix Riba Jr. and his father built the club, taking advantage of it location adjacent to a hotel and highly regarded restaurant. In summer, it hosts week-long Sunday-Sunday junior camps, attracting 40 to 50 kids each week. They typically spend more than five hours a day on court, divided between mornings and late afternoons, with swimming, other recreation, and optional language lessons in between. Saturdays bring a trip to the beach on the nearby Costa Brava. Many of these campers day students; however, Catalunya can house a modest number of resident campers at a nearby rural house, which also has a soccer pitch, volleyball court, and open fields.
Felix Riba Sr. has 40 years of coaching and playing experience, including participation on the Spanish National Team and coaching assignments with the Spanish Tennis Federation. Felix Riba Jr., who directs the summer camp, played for Concord University in the U.S., where he majored in sports management.
In the addition to the courts, the club they built has 4 padel courts, a football (soccer) field, and access to three swimming pools, a children's play area, lots of lawns and gardens.
Summer Academy: June 6-Sept. 9, 2016
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