It’s all kicking off in Sardinia this summer

Award winning Chia Laguna Resort to launch week long soccer academies run by leading ex and current Premier League players

Family travel isn’t child’s play. Chances are parents want to stretch out on a sun-lounger, book in one hand and cocktail in the other, while all their football crazy kids want to do is kick a ball around.

Sound familiar? It’s time to choose a destination that has something for everyone and, this summer, Chia Laguna Resort looks set to fulfil the needs of both big and little kids.

The Italian Hospitality Collection’s luxurious five star resort in Sardinia has come up with the perfect remedy for frazzled parents looking to keep energetic children occupied and entertained throughout the May half term and summer holiday: soccer academies.

The resort - compromising four 'family friendly' hotels and private villas in the south of the island - will welcome the Campioni Football Academy during summer 2017, offering children aged 6-15 the chance to join leading ex and current Premier players and brush up their ball skills.

Speaking to World Travel Awards at the launch of the 2017 Campioni Kids Football Academy at Chia Laguna Resort, which took place at Home House ( ) in London last night, co-founder and Sky sports pundit,Tony Gale, said:

“We’re basically offering a lot of fun in the sun for the whole family, at a beautiful resort. If I was going on holiday, this is would I what I pick - it’s just one of those special holidays.”

Gale continued: “Parents can relax while their kids can improve their technical skills as well as their physical and mental game, with footballing greats like Andy Cole, Tony Cottee, Darren Anderton and Yannick Bolasie.”

“And guess what? In the evening, the guys are around with their families - they’re approachable and they’ll talk to you. These are proper guys, proper footballers and you’ll be able to mix with them, ask them questions and enjoy the family atmosphere. And that’s what it is all about.”

The former West Ham and Fulham legend certainly wasn’t shy about showing his enthusiasm for The Campioni Soccer Academy and Chia Laguna Resort, but wasn’t quite so forthcoming when asked by World Travel Awards about the football club he had a soft spot for.

“I mustn't answer that,” laughed Gale. “When I am with my Fulham friends, it’s Fulham. When I am with my West Ham friends, it’s West Ham. And then I was at Blackburn when they won the Premier League as well so… but if I am honest it’s where you started. I was at Fulham from 11 years of age until I left at 24 and I got into the team aged 16.  I was then at West Ham for 10 years so they’ve got to be my two favourite clubs.”

“Blackburn was one season and when we won the Premier League it was great, but I was only there for a single season so you don’t have the same affinity you have or somewhere you spend 10 years.”

The Campioni Football Academy with English Premier League Footballers at Chia Laguna runs from 27 May to 3 June and 1 July to 4 August 2017 and is available at a cost of €550 per child per week which includes a personalised training kit and bag. Contact for more information