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It’s a Hat-Trick! Football Escapes Returns to The Grove, Hertfordshire, for October Half Term Staycation



Football Escapes, the company co-founded by footballers Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora and premiership football coach Sam Hubert, is delighted to announce a return to The Grove, Hertfordshire, for October Half Term. Following on from the success of two sell-out summer retreats, the next family staycation will take place from 28th – 30th October with a world-class coaching team led by a former premier-league player (TBC).

Budding footballers can expect a fun-filled itinerary spread over three days at the luxurious country estate, with highlights including daily training, meet and greet sessions with the players, a FIFA tournament in the hotel’s cinema room and a special certificate presentation on the final day. Families can also look forward to some Halloween-themed fun and games and the usual magic touches, surprises and special guest appearances for which Football Escapes are renowned.


Children of all abilities aged between 5 and 15 will have the opportunity to brush up on their ball skills and train alongside their football heroes with six hours of coaching spread across three days. Parents can cheer on their soccer stars-in-training from the side-lines, with plenty of opportunities to mingle with the coaching team.


All Football Escapes courses are led by an ex-Premier league player and each child that enrols on the course will be provided with a full kit including; a warm jacket, personalised shirt, shorts and socks, as well as a signed certificate and medal on completion of the course.


The Grove is a family staycation haven, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained off-pitch, too. The five-star hotel boasts an award-winning spa, a championship golf course and a secluded Walled Garden, complete with beach and outdoor pool. There is an abundance of activities on offer for all ages, including a Junior Golf Camp, forest camps, Segway tours, garden games, woodland hawking walks, archery, laser shooting, cycling, tennis and much more.


Football Escapes’ two-night staycation at The Grove, Hertfordshire, costs from £1,340 per family. Based on two adults and one child sharing on a bed and breakfast basis and including one place on the 3-day Football Escapes course. Inter-connecting rooms available on request. For more information or to book a future staycation, please visit or call 0203 375 8611.

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