First Choice Blog
  • Lazing on a sunlounger might be the dream for mum and dad, but it’s not exactly top of the younger generation’s holiday checklist. That’s where Holiday Villages step up to the plate, with activities that are on a different level…

    We’re not talking about ping pong tournaments or arts and crafts here. No, what we’re looking at are the academies you can sign your little ones up for at every HV. Before you start picturing school-style desks and First Choice reps wearing mortar boards, what we’re getting at is a little more fun. Our academies are all about professionally-trained staff helping youngsters unlock their potential. The sun-kissed hotel settings aren’t bad, either.

    There are three different types of academy that kids can get involved in, so everyone’s catered for – whether you’re a budding Beyonce or a wannabe Wayne Rooney.

    Stage Academy




    If your little ones love being in the spotlight, this academy’s the right pick – it’s all about the glitz and glamour of showbiz. Dancing, singing and acting are all on the cards, and the professionally-trained staff help develop skills and build confidence. There’s a chance to perform what they’ve learned in front of a live audience, and there’s even a mini-academy for the littlest guests to start their music and drama careers early.

    If you’re wondering how good the academy really is, the last few months speak for themselves. We had to extend the stage academy by an extra two weeks due to popular demand, and had over 2,000 kids strutting their stuff over the space of a couple of months.

    Football Academy

    Whether you’re channelling your inner Cristiano Ronaldo at Holiday Village Algarve, or doing your best impression of Andres Iniesta at Holiday Village Costa del Sol, our football academies will help to hone your little ones’ ability with the ball.

    We don’t let any Tom, Dick or Harry run the drills either – our coaches are FA or UEFA qualified, so you can expect top quality, fun-filled sessions. You can sign little ones up for two, three or four-day courses, and there are parent-and-toddler sessions if you want to give them an early eye for goal. We’ve had more than 6,000 children take part in our football academies this summer, so we’re hoping to have inspired at least one or two stars of the future.

    If you reckon you’ve got what it takes to join our team of football coaches, take a look at some of our vacancies.

    Swim Academy

    The Swim Academy rounds off the trio, and it’s arguably the most-rewarding of the three. All of the teachers have ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) qualifications, or the equivalent, and they run group and private lessons for all abilities. Whether your little one needs a bit of help with their technique, or has never been in the water before, the lessons are tailored to their needs. It’s only six kids to a teacher, as well, so they won’t be starved of attention or guidance.

    Around 7,000 children have been to our Swim academies in 2016, and our instructors are even trained to help adults learn as well. We’re always on the lookout for new swimming teachers to join our ranks – if you think you’ve got what it takes, here are some of our vacancies.

    To check out the prices of our stage, swim and football academies, take a look at the Holiday Villages website.

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