The Chelsea Foundation has teamed up with Parkdean Resorts to provide fun football programmes for kids across a string of holiday parks this October.
With the football season now in full flow, the sessions – hosted by expert FA-qualified coaches from the Foundation – will once again provide top-quality training on a variety of core footballing skills and look to build on the success of the summer.
The half-term holiday sessions come after the Foundation worked with the UK’s leading holiday park operator to offer a series of Soccer Schools for children aged five- to 13-years-old, at 10 of its parks during the summer.
They proved a hit with holiday makers, and guests lauded not only the level of coaching but the emphasis on fun for all participants, ensuring sessions were engaging and memorable for all involved.
Head of Chelsea Foundation, Simon Taylor, said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome even more children back to participate in and enjoy our soccer schools. It was great to see so many children getting involved over the summer, having fun, picking up some new skills and enjoying their time away.’
David Morrison, retail director at Parkdean Resorts added: ‘The Soccer Schools were a massive hit with kids of all ages in the summer, when the country was gripped by football fever amid the Euros, and it was fantastic to provide our younger holidaymakers with such varied and enjoyable exercise during their stay with us.
‘Soccer Schools delivered by Chelsea FC Foundation forms an important part of an ever-increasing range of activities that guests can enjoy at our parks, and the opportunity for children to experience fun and engaging coaching will be one of many cherished memories that families create at our parks.’
The Soccer Schools by the Chelsea Foundation is the latest industry-leading activity introduced by Parkdean Resorts, and initially launched at 10 holiday parks across England and Wales – Camber Sands in Sussex, Sandford and Warmwell in Dorset, Lower Hyde on the Isle of Wight, Cherry Tree and Vauxhall in Great Yarmouth, Cayton Bay in Yorkshire, Lizard Point in Cornwall, Trecco Bay in Porthcawl and Ty Mawr in Abergele.
The Soccer Schools programme will expand to 15 parks in 2022 and 20 the following year. It follows an investment of £70m into accommodation and activities at Parkdean Resort’s 67 parks this year, with other new activities including the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Sports Domes, high ropes courses, outdoor climbing walls, virtual reality gaming areas, Arts & Crafts Dens, Next Level Gaming Arenas, Outdoor 'n' Explore, hover boards, Laser Quest and bungee trampolines.