Football fever in France and back home in Wales

C’mon Wales!

Football fever has well and truly hit Wales with the nation’s team through to the quarter finals of Euro 2016. This historic achievement is being celebrated throughout the country with tens of thousands of fans travelling across to France to support their team. Under the inspired leadership of Manager Chris Coleman Wales qualified for the tournament in 2015 and, against the odds it has to be said, topped their table at Euro 2016, ahead of rivals England, Slovakia and Russia. Through to the last 16, the boys in red went on to beat Northern Ireland in Paris on June 25th and now face world ranking number two team Belgium in the quarter finals.

Highgate Accommodation has a vested interest in the competition since the Managers’ son, James Turner, is the Football Association of Wales’ Performance Analyst. Now part of the squad’s backroom staff, James previously worked with the under 16, 17, 19 and 21 set-ups before his elevation to the senior side two years ago. His responsibility includes providing statistical reports to the coaching team, researching and finding the information they need regarding tactics and opposition.

So how also do we connect Euro 2016 to Highgate?! In two ways: on a much smaller level we do have our very own  matches played regularly outside on the huge grassy area in front of the Barn House. Sometimes it’s children having a kick around, sometimes it’s whole families enjoying some outdoor fun and sometimes it’s a much more serious affair with proper goals – a particular favourite with our stag party visitors.

Additionally we also welcome visiting sports teams coming to play in the area ‘on tour’. Highgate is a convenient base for central Wales and in to Shropshire, with plenty of room for outdoor training or an indoor tactics meeting. Regular visitors don’t just include footballers, we’ve also welcomed basketball players, golfers, rugby teams and shooters.

For more information on what Highgate Accommodation can offer for sports associations or groups of friends and families please contact us on 01686 610554 or via email at

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