• Soaking up the sun on a lounger might be the dream for mum and dad, but it can leave fidgety kids cold. That’s where our Holiday Villages step up to the plate with their another-level academies. 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. Plus, the sun-kissed hotel settings aren’t bad, either. There are three different types of academy that kids can get involved with, so everyone’s catered for, from budding Beyonces to wannabe Wayne Rooneys. Have a read of our need-to-know guide to find out more…

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    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 kids develop their stage skills and build their confidence, too. Plus, they’ve got the chance to perform what they’ve learned in front of a live audience. There’s even a mini-academy for the littlest guests to kick-start their stage career.

    Football Academy

    Whether they’re channelling their inner Cristiano Ronaldos at the Holiday Village Turkey, or doing their best impression of Lionel Messi at the 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 – all our coaches are FA or UEFA-qualified, so you can expect top-quality, fun-filled sessions.

    Swim Academy

    All our Swim Academy teachers have SEQ – Swim England Qualification – certification, or equivalent, and they run group and private lessons for all abilities. Whether your little one needs a bit of help with their technique, or they’ve 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 short of attention or guidance. Our swim academies are an all-ages affair, too – our teachers are trained to teach everyone from tots aged 3 to adults.

    And, for water babies who already know how to swim, there are special Rookie Lifeguard lessons.

    Like the sound of our academies? Browse our full range of Holiday Villages breaks.

    Remember, places on Holiday Villages academies get snapped up fast, so make sure you book as soon as you get to your destination – just so you know, they cost a little extra.

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