Whatever your feelings are about England’s chances in Euro 2012, or the Home Nations’ gold medal hopes in the Olympics, we think holiday parks must be among the best places to watch the action unfold.


Don’t believe us? Well getting behind your country, cheering on the highs, groaning at the lows, escaping into the sunshine when the drama of a penalty shootout or false start gets too much are emotions best shared.

And most holiday parks really get behind the hoopla of major sporting events with big screens and surround sound, and even themed activities that will fire up the imagination of your kids.

Here’s our round up of how the major players are planning for the Great British Summer of Sport.

Haven Holidays

Haven holiday parks across the UK will be showing the Euro 2012 and Olympic action in their bars and entertainment complexes throughout the summer. Most of the parks are also giving kids the chance to emulate their heroes by taking part in a variety of coached activities.

Footie fans can join their Coke FC Football Coaching programme, where boys and girls can sharpen their dribbling skills and ball control before putting their technique to test in full games organised by age groups.

Lesser known sports including fencing and archery are always brought to the fore following a good showing from Brits at the Olympics, which is why we thinking the coaching courses for both sports at selected Haven parks will be particularly popular this summer.

Professional coaches are always available with handy hints and training tips to help the participants  raise their game, but please note that not all coaching programmes are available at all parks, and it’s best to book for some session – check directly with your park.

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Park Resorts

Park Resorts is marking Euro 2012 with a festival of football and international themed family friendly tournaments where players get to represent their favourite national teams. The group is also celebrating the Olympics by dedicating a series of sporting events to the biggest sports show on earth – the activities will range from the silly to the serious!

Many of Park Resorts holiday parks will also offer archery coaching with professional instruction teaching participants how to draw, aim and shoot with accuracy. For something sillier, but still in the Olympic spirit, they have All-Action-Afternoons which include Retro Sports Days for family fun.

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Park Holidays

Park Holidays entertainment venues have fully satellite TV packages so you won’t miss a goal of Euro 2012 or a gold from the Olympics. Choose from 25 holiday parks across the south coast.

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Woolacombe Bay holiday parks

North Devon holiday parks including Woolacombe Bay, Golden Coast and Twitchen Holiday Park will be showing the Euro 2012 and Olympics on big screens, and then giving guests the chance to join in the action on its own football pitches. But, if you’d rather avoid the sporty summer all together, there are plenty of soccer and athletics free zones you can escape to.

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Written by Dan at BreakFree Holidays

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