Going Out: Yas Links offer youngsters free lessons

Denzil Pinto 28/08/2016
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Guiding hand: Kids aged between four and 15 are eligible to receive expert coaching in Abu Dhabi for free.

Running from September 5 to 10, the lessons will offer an insight into the club’s junior development programme (JDP) which returns for another edition later in the month.

Open for kids aged between four and 15, the children will be split into different groups based on their skill level and get introduced to the basics of the game by fully-qualified professionals in sessions ranging from 45 to 90 minutes.

“The aim of the free junior week is to try to encourage as many juniors to become involved in the game as possible,” said Carly Tjader, sales and marketing manager at Yas Links.

“We would like to share with the local community our love of the game and our passion of growing this wonderful sport.”
JDP has been running for many years, teaching many youths in the capital. And as part of its drive in promoting the sport from grass-roots level, Yas Links are keen to see more new faces.

Event details

  • What: Yas Links Free Kids Golf Sessions
  • Where: Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
  • When: From September 5 to 10
  • Contact: For more information or to register, email [email protected] Registration must be done in advance.

“The Junior Development Program has been going on for a few years now with great success,” said Tjader.

“However, the free week preceding the launch of the programmes is new to the Golf Academy. We see a lot of the same juniors completing their Junior Developement Programme and graduating into the next, which is exciting to see their journey.

“Nevertheless, it would be great to see some new and fresh faces to inspire along with our excelling students.”

Classes start between 08:30 to 18:00, depending on the age group with up to four classes per day to choose from. Besides playing on one of the top courses in the UAE, Mark Jones, teaching professional at Yas Links insists there’s plenty of positives for signing up.

“Our goal for the new programme is to build a love of the game through our custom multi-sports learning system,” he said.

“We aim to build the little athletes by improving their fundamental movement skills with activities which include the movements of throwing, catching, running, jumping, skipping, crawling and many more actions which gives the player flexibility, agility, co-ordination, speed and again many more body principles. This will allow juniors to unleash their potential and have lots of fun.”

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Abu Dhabi softball league's open for registration

Jay Asser 27/08/2016
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Take a swing: Abu Dhabi Softball League is open for players of all levels.

With autumn approaching and summer coming to a close, it’s the time of the year again when UAE residents can return to playing sport outdoors.

As always, the Abu Dhabi Softball League, under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of UAE Culture, Youth and Community Develop­ment, offers the chance to enjoy a fun and competitive activity for players of all levels.

The co-ed slow-pitch season, will begin in the third week of September, after the Eid holidays, and registration is still open for the popular Recreational Division.

Whether you’ve played softball before or want to try it for the first time, the Recreational Division is perfect to get your feet wet while having some with friends, family and co-workers on the diamond.

“Slow-pitch softball is a very inclusive and easy-to-learn sport. No matter if you’ve never played before, or you can hit the ball out of the park, the league offers a division for any man or woman who would like to play,” said Flo Caro, commissioner of Abu Dhabi Softball League.

“It’s a fun atmosphere at the field and gives players the chance to meet new people in the city. Equipment is provided free of charge to all league members.”

League Details

  • What: Abu Dhabi Softball Recreational Division
  • Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
  • When: Wednesday nights beginning September 21, with registration open until Thursday, September 1 at 19:00
  • Contact: Visit www.facebook.com/abudhabisoftball to sign up and for more information

If you don’t have the necessary equipment to play, don’t worry. Abu Dhabi Softball has you covered with gloves, bats, balls and more available free of charge for all league members.

Games, which will take place on Wednesday nights starting September 21, are about an hour long and the only requirement to play is you must be aged at least 18 years.

Registration is now open and will be done in a first-come, first-served manner. The league is very popular and the waiting list fills up fast, so make sure to act as soon as possible before the deadline on Thursday, September 1 at 19:00.

Head to Abu Dhabi Softball League’s page on Facebook to sign up and fill out the form to be added to the Abu Dhabi Softball League contact list for future updates and news.

Try softball out for yourself and enjoy a social way to stay active as the seasons change.

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Going Out: Rev your engine at Al Ain Raceway

Jay Asser 23/08/2016
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Have fun: Drivers as young as seven can enjoy karting at the top-class venue.

The state-of-the-art karting facility may be a bit of a drive for Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents, but the trip to the emirate will be well worth it when you’re speeding down Al Ain Raceway’s track.

Since opening in 2007, the venue has been the UAE’s only internationally accredited standard track and has hosted a number of events, including the UAE Rotax MAX Challenge National Karting Championship and the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals.

Even if you’re not an experienced driver and just want to experience karting for the first time, Al Ain Raceway has something for all levels.

One experience on offer is the summer ‘happy hour’. Drive solo or bring family, friends or co-workers to enjoy the thrills behind the wheel between 16:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Friday to receive 25 per cent off the sessions. The only requirement is drivers must be aged at least seven years.

Another offer allows you to buy two ‘arrive and drive’ sessions every Monday for Dh240 and get the third free of charge. Test your speed on the 1.6km track in either individual sessions or with a group to challenge yourself.

Take your pick: Racing fans can drive solo or with friends and family.

Take your pick: Racing fans can drive solo or with friends and family.

Each arrive and drive session includes a full safety briefing, full race gear and 15 minutes of track time.

The senior karts are also equipped with steering wheel-mounted information screens, allowing drivers to access up-to-the-minute race data such as position and lap time. It’ll take your abilities to the next level and turn you into an advanced driver in no time.

Al Ain Raceway is open from 16:00 to 22:00 Monday to Friday until August 31 and during normal circuit hours afterwards, it will also be open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday.

Visit www.alainraceway.com for more information and call 03 768 6662 to schedule your karting experience. Buckle in and start your engines for the ride of your life.

What: Karting experiences at Al Ain Raceway
Where: Khattam Al Shiklah Street, Al Ain
When: Open Monday to Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 until August 31st and then also open on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00
Contact: Visit www.alainraceway.com for more information and call 03 768 6662 to book

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