Costa Navarino Launches New Olympic Summer Sports Camps for Children

The International Olympic Academy Golf Course Welcomed the Olympic Flame

Costa Navarino, the sustainably driven destination in Greece’s southwest Peloponnese, celebrates the Olympic Games 2024 with the launch of new Olympic summer sports camps for children and the return of the NBA Basketball School. On 17 April, Costa Navarino welcomed the Olympic Flame at the world’s first International Olympic Academy Golf Course, as part of the Flame’s journey from Greece to Paris. It is the first golf course in the Mediterranean to ever host the Olympic symbol.

To celebrate the spirit of the Olympics, Costa Navarino will introduce new 5-day sports camps for children and teenagers aged 6 to 15, from 15 July to 16 August. The camps will give them the chance to try their hand at 10 different sports which feature in the Olympic Games. The aspiring athletes will receive expert coaching in golf, tennis, basketball, football, archery, climbing, beach volleyball, table tennis, swimming, and water polo. The basketball and football sessions will be led by coaches from the NBA Basketball School and Bayern FC respectively, while qualified coaches will oversee the other sports.

Sports enthusiasts can further develop their skills at the NBA Basketball School which returns to Costa Navarino for its second year of operation, with an engaging programme for players of all ages. The NBA Basketball School will run from 27 May to 15 September. Young players from 6 to 18 years old will live the NBA experience in 3-day to 7-day camp programmes, while adults can participate in daily one-hour activities. All participants will receive an NBA branded T-shirt upon registration, and participants who attend the full programme (6 or 7 days) will receive an NBA Basketball School certificate and NBA gift. For the period 30 June to 17 August, participants will have the exclusive opportunity to train with the NBA veteran and first-round draft pick, Michael Bradley, who will join as full-time Camp Director.

Whilst children are training, adults can also participate in a range of sports including tennis, padel and pickleball at the Mouratoglou Tennis Center, wakeboard, SUP yoga, kitesurfing, sailing and diving in clear blue water, as well as enjoy the Messinian nature through hiking, cycling, climbing.

The 18-hole signature golf course symbolises the links between golf and Olympism, as it is the nearest golf development to Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. The naming of the course also reflects the International Olympic Academy, Hellenic Olympic Committee and Costa Navarino’s shared values of sustainability, personal welfare, education, and growth. Two young athletes from the Navarino Junior Golf Academy acted as torchbearers.

Costa Navarino is a 45 minute-drive from Kalamata International Airport. Easyjet flies direct to Kalamata from London Gatwick three times a week from April to November. British Airways has four direct flights a week from London Heathrow between May and October. Jet2 has twice-weekly direct flights from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester from May to November, while Ryanair flies weekly from London Stansted between June and September.

For more information or to book, visit www.costanavarino.com

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About Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is a sustainably driven destination in the Mediterranean, located in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese of Greece.  Graced with a breath-taking seaside landscape, this is a region shaped by 4,500 years of history. The Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of Messinia. The destination comprises several distinct sites featuring five-star hotels, luxury private residences, a world-class golf experience, and many year-round activities. Navarino Dunes is home to The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Costa Navarino Residences. Navarino Bay is the setting for Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, W Costa Navarino and Navarino Agora, a curated marketplace. Both sites have signature golf courses, while at Navarino Hills there are two further signature golf courses.