Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole, former premier league striker partners with THE CAMPUS at Quinta Do Lago to host Junior Easter Football Camps

Carlton Cole, former premier league striker partners with THE CAMPUS at Quinta Do Lago to host Junior Easter Football Camps 900 506 Henman Communications

THE CAMPUS, Europe’s newest five-star multi-sport and wellness hub at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve in southern Portugal, is preparing to welcome former Chelsea, West Ham and Celtic striker Carlton Cole, as he prepares to host junior football training camps.

Carlton Cole will be coaching at The Campus during the Easter school holidays from 15th – 19th April 2019

Former Premiership player Cole will join a team of UEFA certified coaches for a fun and action-packed coaching camp at The Campus during the Easter school holidays from 15th to 19th April 2019, as he shares his experiences of playing in the biggest league in world football and offering training tips gathered over the course of his goal scoring career.

The Campus is delighted to woking once again in partnetship with Football Escapes, who run junior football camps at some of the finest and most exclusive resorts around the world. Once again this year camps will be hosted by Carlton and other current and ex-professional footballers.

Carlton says:

We want to put on training sessions that are fun and informative, with the focus on learning with a smile. The facilities at The Campus are second-to-none and with the great weather in the Algarve, this is a fantastic opportunity for young players to have an unforgettable football experience.”

Carlton Cole

Sean Moriarty, CEO of Quinta do Lago, says the football camps are a great addition to The Campus as Europe’s premier multi-sport and wellness destination for family sporting holidays.

Sean says:

The football training camps we have had with former players like Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora have been fantastic experiences for young fans and we’re sure Carlton Cole will be no different.

This is a unique opportunity for young players to see what it’s like to reach the highest standards. We are proud to host these training camps over the course of 2019.”

Carlton Cole is the latest addition of high-profile stellar sports stars adding to a world class level of sports coaching and mentoring who are now partnering with The Campus.

Former Great Britain Federations Cup captain Judy Murray is preparing to return to The Campus for another tennis camp for adults and junior players, while rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has recently confirmed a partnership with The Campus that will see him host rugby camps on the pristine training pitch that has already been used by top Premier League football clubs, German Bundesliga sides and international rugby teams.

Judy Murrey & Brian O'Driscoll

Carlton Cole adds:

I am looking forward to working with the kids at The Campus at what is a world class training facility. The quality of the pitch we will be using is as good as anything you will find at a Premier League club and the High Performance Campus is also a top quality facility. We will put on some great sessions and I look forward to coaching your kids there.”

The Campus is one of Europe’s newest state of the art multi-sports venues, created for elite athletes, teams and for families as well. The Campus is already becoming popular with

Premiership football and rugby teams, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, performance athletes and coaches who are taking advantage of the perfect training climate and using The Campus as their winter training base.

The recently opened High Performance Centre has added to The Campus’ stellar reputation and cemented its reputation as the outstanding location for holiday makers looking for the ultimate sporting break, with dance classes, yoga, swimming and state-of-the-art saunas, steam rooms and wellness areas adding to the appeal.

The Campus further elevates Quinta do Lago as one of the finest sports and leisure destinations in the world,” added Sean Moriarty.  “The beauty of this complex is you don’t have to be a world-class or even professional athlete, as we also welcome guests who simply want to use the facilities at their leisure for fitness or as a hobby.”

The Campus

The Campus new €10 million training, fitness and wellness facility designed to cater to both elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs.

All visitors to The Campus will experience world class tennis and padel courts, a wonderful cycling centre led by Paralympic gold medalist Mark Rohan, as well as a top class swimming facility and a wellness section of the high performance hub that offers all visitors the ideal chance to unwind after an exhausting workout.


Guests can also stay at the magnificent The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 luxury rooms, three suites and seven cottages.


The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day. There is a free shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests.

Press Trips to The Campus

We have several press trip places available for influential national football or sports journalists to interview Carlton Cole and other football coaches and review The Campus as Europe’s leading sports and wellness hub. If you are interested please contact Contact Richard Henman at Henman Communications.

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Football at The Campus 2019

  • Apr 15th – 19th 2019 Confirmed for Easter Break with Carlton Cole. West Ham legend.
  • May Half Term: May 27th – 3th 2019
  • Summer Holidays: August 5th – 9th & August 12th – 16th 2019
  • October Half Term: 28th October – 1st November 2019

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About Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole was born on 10 September 1983 in Croydon, London, and started his professional career with Chelsea in 2001.

He played 31 games for Chelsea in all competitions and scored eight goals for the Blues, in a spell with the west London club that also included loan stints with Wolves, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

Carlton moved to West Ham for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2006 and went on to play 293 games for the Hammers, scoring 68 goals.

After numerous appearances with England’s junior sides, he made his senior international debut on 11th February 2009 against Spain and went on to win six further caps for the national team, all from the substitute’s bench.

He has a brief spell at Celtic and played in America’s United Soccer League before hanging up his books as a professional in 2017.

About Football Escapes

The Campus is delighted to partner with Football Escapes. Football Escapes provide premier football coaching courses in partnership with some of the finest and most exclusive resorts around the world. The difference is, all our courses are led by current and ex-professional footballers. Our relationship with hotels and resorts means we’re able to provide families with best available prices for their holiday. All combined, we work to create memories that last a lifetime.

Players and coaches immerse themselves fully on and off the pitch providing families a money can’t buy experience to help make that special holiday even more exceptional. Whether it’s around the pool, by the bar or at breakfast, our team are on hand and always happy to say hello. What’s more, this all takes place at some of best resorts and spa hotels in some of the most breathtaking locations in the world.

Football Escapes partners with Inspiring Travel Company, which means they also offer families the best possible rates and ATOL protected packages to create you a bespoke holiday of a lifetime. All combined, Football Escapes offers families a truly magical experience where special moments last a lifetime. Not just for children participating on our courses, but for parents, family and friends.

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About the Campus

Built in the summer 2017, The Campus provides training, coaching and wellbeing programme to Quinta do Lago residents and guests alike. The sports and wellbeing resort and high performance training center catering for adults and juniors as well as elite professional athletes and teams. The Campus welcomes everyone – from future Olympic Games competitors through to amateur, grassroots and families enjoying a family sports holiday.

The Campus is located just 15 minutes from Faro airport and the resort offers guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate. The resort offers a variety of lifestyle and sporting pursuits, a strong sense of community and offers residents, guests and holiday makers alike the chance to train, exercise and socialise.

What’s on offer:

  • Stadium quality DESSO GrassMaster hybrid pitch
  • Technical area
  • High performance gymnasium
  • Centre for active living and sports medicine
  • Recovery suite including hot/cold plunge pools and sauna and steam rooms
  • Studios for cycle and group exercise
  • Stadium specification locker room
  • Team rooms with high tech analysis capability
  • 25m heated indoor swimming pool
  • Four acrylic tennis courts
  • Two synthetic clay tournament specification tennis courts
  • Four padel courts with shock pad features
  • The Bike Shed – a hub for cycling
  • Dano’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

About the Magnolia Hotel

Guests can stay at The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 boutique rooms, three suites and seven cottages.

The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day.

The Magnolia Hotel offers a beautiful heated outdoor pool and the pool area is at the heart of the hotel. Guests can also visit the spa and holistic rooms and reconnect with mind and body.

For guests that are feeling energetic and in need of a good stretch then there is a fully equipped gym with premium quality equipment. The experienced personal trainers are available to help guests work out. There’s a shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests too.

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About Quinta Do Lago

Synonymous with elegance and privacy, Quinta do Lago is an exclusive golf and residential estate of nearly 2,000 acres bordering the Atlantic Ocean and nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

Quinta do Lago is one of the most desired resorts in Europe and allows you to live an active outdoor lifestyle all year round, offering real estate plots between deserted dunes, sheltered pines, breath-taking beaches surrounded by three award-winning golf courses.

Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf with three award-winning championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy and the only Taylor Made Performance Centre in Southern Europe.

Among its recent accolades, the resort was voted ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2015 and 2016 World Golf Awards. Quinta do Lago has enjoyed the honour of hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international golf tournaments and its world-class golf facilities are some of the best anywhere in the world.

Away from the fairways, Quinta do Lago now adds to its portfolio extensive state-of-the art leisure and racquets facilities guaranteed to keep families occupied with regular tennis and padel tennis events,  cycling tours of the West Coast, family bike trips, a wide range of water, beach and lake sports as well as cultural and nature trips.

The resort’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while its wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.

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