Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was?

At the Geek Retreat Academy, we’ll teach beginners how to join other brave adventurers in trading card gaming. Before heading off to battle alongside powerful Pokémon, there are a few things to learn about this great game. If you’re interested in learning how to play Pokémon, we run friendly sessions at all of our venues that will take you from complete novice to tournament-ready. 

For fans Pokémon and soon-to-be fans, this trading card game is a family favourite – great for all ages. Easy to learn and challenging to master, take on the role of Pokémon trainers to battle it out with family and friends. 

What is the Geek Retreat Academy?

Our friendly and fun learn to play programme has been created by our team of talented games masters who love nothing more than to spread their love for all things geeky. Our aim is to teach and inspire players to learn trading card games through small group play and individual coaching. Academy sessions are available in every Geek Retreat venue throughout the UK.

How does it work?

To sign up, register on-line and book onto one of our sessions nationwide. You will be greeted by one our friendly Games Masters who will give you a welcome box and introduction to get you started. Over four, 2-hour sessions, you will learn everything you need to know to become tournament ready. During each session our Games Masters will give you all the information you need to kick-start your first games, develop your skills or level up your game!

Due to current restrictions, players will play within their family or friends in groups of six or less, coaches will drop to improve your game ability, set challenges and track your progress. Once you have joined the Geek Retreat Academy, you will also have access to our dedicated community Facebook page. 

What do I need to bring?

Over 11s need to bring a mask or face covering. If you have Pokémon cards feel free to bring them. You will be provided with a starter box with everything you need to get going and we have a full range of Pokémon cards in store.

Can anyone come?

Absolutely! We are a fun, relaxed and inclusive venue. Suitable for all ages and abilities. 

How much does it cost?

Our sessions cost £8 for a family of four.

Do you only teach Pokémon?

When the current Coronavirus restrictions lift, we will introduce sessions for other card trading games which are more focused around mixed groups and tournaments. To register you interest, click here.

Gotta catch ’em all!