Hotels with Sports Academies

If you’re planning a holiday with football-mad kids or hard-to-please teens, a hotel with a sports academy will keep them occupied – and nurture their talents, too.

These days, hotels offer more than just gyms and sports clubs – kids can spend the week at a full-on academy. Messis in the making can hone their skills at a week-long football academy, with Premiership-level coaching and sometimes even a few celebrity appearances. You can also find academies teaching things like dance and sailing.

Our favourite hotels with sports academies

Chia Laguna Resort, Sardinia

Gain skills and make new friends at the Prodays Football Academy. Children of all ages can train with ex-Premier League and Championship professionals, before taking part in a fun tournament.

Forte Village Resort, Sardinia

Forte Village has a very impressive list of academies, perfect for all interests. Sports legends have come together to offer football, rugby and cricket academies, as well as boxing, netball, basketball and more.

Ikos Dassia, Corfu

Ikos Dassia is a great all-rounder. For the water-babies, enjoy top-class tutoring at the sailing and windsurfing academies. Prefer to stay dry? There is also a football and tennis academy.

MarBella, Mar-Bella Collection, Corfu

Tennis, archery, darts – you name it, MarBella, Mar-Bella Collection has it all. There's also mini-football for beginners to practise their headers and volleys, and for those looking for something Zen, you can try your hand at yoga or pilates.

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Crete

A private 9-hole, par-3 golf course allows keen golfers to perfect their swing. Lovers of the underwater, meanwhile, might want to head to the PADI-certified dive centre.

Sani Resort, Halkidiki

Sani’s world-class sports centre has got it all. Little ones can enjoy trying their hand at tennis, football, and more, while the older kids can grab bow and arrows and learn to hit the bullseye alongside archery experts.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, Peloponnese

There is something for the whole family here. You could lose dad to hours on the 18-hole golf course, mum could try her hand at paddle boarding, and as for the kids - the choices are almost endless.

Terrace Outside The O Grill Restaurant
Pine Cliffs Hotel A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve

With an academy managed by former British No. 1 Annabel Croft, tennis here is a pretty big deal. Schools, coaching and even friendly matches are available for all ages to hone their backhand.

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