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August 2009

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Drew takes to the track at Forte Village in Sardinia

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Come on your Blues! Drew at Chelsea Soccer school


Drew should have slept for Britain after all that but he informed us he was off to meet his new mates at the mini disco before dinner. He'd certainly found his independence. Best skinny jeans on and a dab of Dad's aftershave and he was off to crack some moves. My wife and I tried not to feel like spare parts.

All we'd done so far was provide the occasional bit of pocket money for an ice cream, but seeing Drew this happy soon made it one of our most enjoyable family holidays.

A few days into our break, we had a surprise for Drew. He'd been signed up to the Chelsea Soccer school for the week. Roman Abramovich's son played at Forte Village a couple of years ago while on holiday and liked it so much his dad bought the school. It brings in young football wannabes from across Europe and offers budding Frank Lampards the chance to brush up on their skills (and at £210 for the week I'm sure their dads want results).

Dressed head-to-toe in his new mighty Blues kit, Drew couldn't wait to get started. We were a little apprehensive as he was the youngest on the pitch, but he wasn't fazed. Even an unnerving (for us on the touchline) encounter between the ball and his face didn't deter him. After three days, Drew decided to take early retirement, though. The football was fun but he was hankering for the action-packed days of the kids' club.

I can't remember a holiday being so entertaining and relaxing. Rather than feeling offloaded, Drew was in his element finding new friends and joining in the activities. I never even needed the rest of those Batman stickers.

Drew, five, says…

"My holiday was really good. My favourite bit was the go-karts, the man drove really fast around the track. I liked the football too, but I cried when the older boy kicked the ball in my face. It was really sunny in Sardinia. Me and Mummy would jump over the waves in the sea with no armbands and a big wave knocked me over. I met my friend from the club on the aeroplane going home, and we played Batman on my Game Boy. It was a really, really good holiday."

WAY TO GO

BA Holidays offers a seven-night package at the Forte Village – Il Villagio from £3,066 for a family of four including return BA flights from Gatwick and accommodation on a half-board basis, based on two adults and two children (age 2-12) sharing. To book, visit ba.com or call +44(0)844 493 0758. The Chelsea Soccer School costs £210 per child per week.

Emma Kennedy talks to Robert Elms on board about her family holidays in her new book The Tent, the Bucket and Me (on selected flights).

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Posted by Jamie McPherson

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