Zayed Sports City Academy launches new football program at National Stadium

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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.

STREAMS INCLUDE:

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.

Those interested in participating should visit zscacademy.com, email [email protected] or search Zayed Sports City on social media.

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du LaLiga HPC Tour Day 3: Ice baths and recharging the batteries for Sevilla

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The very best teenage talent in the UAE have come together under the du LaLiga High Performance Centre in a mission to achieve their potential and become professional footballers.

The starlets all have a huge chance in Marbella this month as they aim to impress LaLiga scouts and earn trials at clubs while playing top-class Spanish academies.

Sport360° are there for the first week of the tour – check out the best of Day 3 below.

GETTING COLD IN MARBELLA

The du LaLiga HPC starlets may have already taken the plunge against Cadiz with great success, but they faced an arguably even bigger challenge the following day.

On a jam-packed tour that sees UAE’s finest travel the length and breadth of southern Spain and play five teams in the space of three weeks, recovery is essential.

No stone is left unturned according to strength and conditioning coach Juan Ramon Zambrana – and that meant things got a bit chilly in Marbella.

Coaches: (l-r) Juan Ramon Zambrana, Rafael Gil, Enrique Gonzalez, Marcos Fernandez

Coaching team: (l-r) Juan Ramon Zambrana, Rafael Gil, Enrique Gonzalez, Marcos Fernandez

“Ice baths are very important to recover because after the game there is inflammation in the muscles, so with ice we can control it,” said the UEFA-certified coach. “Every top professional team do the same, so we do as well.

“For DOMS – delayed onset muscle soreness after a game – we can do stretches, ice baths, there are many different methods to recover. Ice bath is one of the best ways.”

The squads have also been hitting the gym during their twice-a-day training sessions but the du LaLiga HPC coaches are not looking to sculpt their bodies into Cristiano Ronaldo lookalikes.

For the Spanish management team, technique and tactics always trump physicality in the limited contact time they have with their charges.

“It is not necessary for them to lift heavy weights, even when they are older,” added Zambrana. “If you see Neymar for example, when he arrived to La Liga four or five years ago, he was very thin and needed to have more muscles. But only to compete.

“Right now if you see him, he is still slim but it is not a problem for him. The most important is the speed, velocity. It also depends on the position, a central defender would not lift the same as a right winger.

“The most important point for us is the football training, technically and tactically – the physical training is something else.”

BACK TO REALITY AGAINST SEVILLA

If Sunday for recovery and a team bonding session on the beach, game faces most definitely returned on Monday as the challenge next up in Sevilla sunk in.

Los Rojiblancos – whose first-team finished fourth in LaLiga last season – have produced talents such as Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos and recently-returned winger Jesus Navas.

Serve and volley: Under-16s player Omar Taha.

Serve and volley: Under-16s player Omar Taha.

The Under-18s’ tactical meeting was all about how to counter their superb technical skills and in a nice touch, the presentation ended with an inspirational quote from captain Neto: “Hard work pays off.”

The squad has certainly not lacked for that so far in Spain – and they are going to have to raise the bar again.

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du LaLiga Tour Day 2: Under-18s get off to a flyer against Cadiz

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The starlets all have a huge chance in Marbella this month as they aim to impress La Liga scouts and earn trials at clubs while playing top-class LaLiga academies.

Sport360° are there for the first week of the tour – check out the best of Day 2 below.

du LaLiga HPC Under-18s 2-1 Cadiz Under-18s

Second-half goals from Moh’d Sameer and Driss Matni completed a turnaround and ensured du LaLiga’s first tour match ended in style.

The tourists were the more cohesive unit at the start of the game but Cadiz probed the backline with a number of testing balls and after 15 minutes they took the initiative.

Mahan Jahaveri was desperately unlucky in goal as, after making a tremendous save, the rebound fell kindly to the Cadiz No10.

The Under-18s emerged with a renewed focus in the second half led by inspirational captain Neto, who struck the shot that saw the defender give away a penalty for handball.

Salam may have missed but heads did not drop and a teasing Rajeh Al Qasem free-kick sparked the breakthrough.

Al Qasem found Lotfi Machou at the far post, who played it back into the danger area and Sameer made no mistake with a close-range header.

du LaLiga were well and truly on top now and with two minutes to go they got their just rewards.

In a routine straight from the training ground, Al Qasem sent a corner to the near post and Matni’s low, powerful header gave the goalkeeper no chance.

Player of the match

It took a true team effort for the Under-18s to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat and each player’s spirit shone through in the end.

One person in particular who had to pick himself up mid-match was Ahmad Salam, who missed a penalty with his side 1-0 down.

However, it did little to take way on a fine individual performance as much of the Under-18s’ good work was channelled through the silky attacker.

du LaLiga HPC Under-16s 1-3 Cadiz Under-16s

Despite a dominant first half, the Under-16s could not make the pressure count as Cadiz’s substitutes powered them to victory after the break.

Initially Cadiz could not cope with the tourists’ pressing game and barely fired a shot in anger before the break.

And one moment of outrageous skill from striker Mehdi Elkhamlichi handed du LaLiga a thoroughly deserved lead in the 10th minute.

Taking the ball in midfield, Elkhamlichi skated past two defenders and calmly curled the ball into the right-hand corner of the net.

Unfortunately, the away side could not keep up with the pace in the second half as Cadiz introduced nine substitutes to the game, and by the 48th minute it was 1-1.

An unfortunate deflected shot off Moh’d El Shabrawy found its way into the top corner 10 minutes later, and a neat finish from the Cadiz No9 15 minutes before full-time completed the defeat.

Player of the match

Sometimes the best performers are the ones who do not necessarily stand out and go quietly about their business on the field.

That was true for Barbod Mazloumian, who intercepted everything that moved in the centre of midfield.

What he lacks in size he makes up for in tenacity, while he is neat and tidy on the ball. The 14-year-old nearly scored a goal with a superb left-footed free-kick into the penalty area.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Mohammad ‘Neto’ Bouherrafa – Under-18 captain

“I think we really deserved the win, we played very, very well. The beginning was very hard because they were pressing us. But then I tried to motivate my team and it worked – we scored two goals at the end of the match.

“Honestly, we have been working for one year and before the match I knew we would be able to win. There is no difference between us and them. We came to win, and that’s what we did.

“We had to win the first match to keep going, and the same for Sevilla we go with that mentality and motivation.”

Rafael Gil – Du LaLiga head coach

“I am very happy with the team, it was very, very competitive today. Cadiz are very skilled but our team had very good pressure and that was the key for the match – because Cadiz lost their quality under pressure.

“I’m proud, you saw in our training that the work we did with corners, free-kicks, they put it onto the pitch. When they were working outside the HPC for one month at home, it was very important.

“They need to continue working the same with good behaviour and the same attitude – the attitude is the key. Then maybe it’s possible to beat Sevilla, but Sevilla will be more strong.”

Adham Bayoumi – Under-16 captain

“I think as a team we played very well in the first half, we closed well together and we pressed well together. I think we took it a bit easy in the second half.

“We can take away a lot from this performance though and improve for the next game. It’s very nice, the players are very good and the weather is nicer than Dubai! Hopefully we can get used to it and do well.

“All my teammates voted for me to be captain and I’m very happy to lead the team, work with them and be part of this.”

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