Football has a new address as Zayed Sports City (ZSC), the UAE’s premier sports and entertainment destination, expands its portfolio of high-quality, athletic line-ups to include the UAE’s most beloved sport.
The new football program will be housed under ZSC Academy and joins the current selection of in-house coaching programs available in tennis and ice skating.
Open to novice, enthusiast and elite footballers aged four to 16, it marks the first time that the UAE’S National Stadium will see a training program on home pitch.
Set to run from September 10, 2017 to June 23, 2018, the program for budding champions offers three streams of skills sets, makes use of ZSC’s high-quality facilities and offers exceptional training from coaches with globally-recognised UEFA accreditation.
Fundamental: Aims to develop active lifelong habits in a fun, learning atmosphere using realistic tactics in an age-appropriate setting for ages 10 and under.
Developmental: Encourages consistency and understanding of competition strategies for ages 10 and up.
High Performance: Focuses on elite development through intensive training with technical, tactical, mental and physical components for ages 10 and above.
Open to all football fanatics, regardless of expertise, the new program is competitively priced to offer affordability, with uniforms included and a no “joining fee”—a common administrative charge.
The academy will also offer the added bonus of unique football-themed installations such as “pole soccer” and “foot darts”.
Coaches will be holding assessment days the week of 3 September 2017, for all those interested in registering.
Participants will have opportunity to experience ZSC Academy’s newest program, showcase their skills and determine the best placement for developmental improvement.
Saif Al Mehairbi, Chairman of Zayed Sports City, said: “ZSC Academy’s continued growth and success solidifies Zayed Sports City’s commitment to nurturing local talent and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
“This country is filled with an abundance of passionate athletes waiting to be discovered and developed with focused training and educational expertise. We’re very excited to be able to make this happen, that too in the very stadium where Sheikh Zayed himself witnessed some of the nation’s greatest football achievements.”
Since inception one year ago, ZSC Academy has supported successful projects intended to encourage a fit community.
These include elements of this year’s UAE National Sports Day celebration and the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, where coaches led clinics with tennis stars and the community as well as staffed an interactive participation zone to encourage beginners.
The academy was also shortlisted at the 2017 Sport Industry Awards, making it one of the region’s top 10 Best Youth Sports Organizations, only four months after being established.
Registration for the new football program and existing tennis and ice skating programs for children and adults is now open.