Sport in the UAE: Zayed Sports City Kids Weekend Club

Denzil Pinto 16/04/2017
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Ice cool: Ice skating and bowling will be included on the ZSC programme.

Having started on March 31, numbers have already been encouraging so far and with it running until April 29, there’s still time for parents to enroll their children and see why it’s highly rated.

Held from 11:00 to 17:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, kids between five-years and 12 will not be left of options with plenty of sporting activities to keep them occupied.

ZSC are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their Spring and Summer editions vastly popular, paving the way for management to make it a more regular thing.

“We’re constantly looking for new and unique ways to activate Zayed Sports City, and our kids activities have been very popular,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“We have taken the best parts of our existing kids programmes and put them together into the ZSC Kids Weekend Club which gives the opportunity for kids to be active while parents can enjoy activities on offer at ZSC or to do other things they are unable to do during the week.

“Kids on our programmes always talk about how much they love ice skating and bowling, so we will be including that for sure. There are also group games and arts and crafts planned. We may do fitness sessions, picnic races, football, billiards or any number of other activities on any given day.”

Prices for the two days costs Dh300 while the daily rate is Dh200 per person. With two more weekends to go, Bremner insists there’s plenty of positives for parents to enroll their children.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

“There are many reasons why a family would choose to enroll,” he said. “The main one being that we’re offering a high-quality, active child-care opportunity that kids are sure to enjoy.

“Being a father myself, there were certainly weekends when we had obligations that the kids would have rather skipped.

“That is certainly one reason why parents may choose to register by giving their children something productive to do while they do the errands.

“Other parents will choose to register in order to keep their kids active because we are planning lots of sports and activities throughout the day. All in all, the ZSC Kids Weekend Club meets all of these needs.”

WHAT: ZSC Kids Weekend Club

WHERE: Zayed Sports City

WHEN: April 21-22 and April 28-29

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae.

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Going Out: The final Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series

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The weather might well be getting warmer but don’t let that stop you from registering your kids for the final Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon later this month.

To be held on Friday, April 29 from 07:00, Al Bateen Beach will be the venue as youngsters from the UAE take to the waters and track in the multi-discipline event.

Previous editions have been huge hits with an impressive turnout with a number of schools from the capital competing and this month’s will be no different.

“We are expecting big numbers considering it’s the last race of the season,” said Steve Watson, managing partner of Gulf Multi Sport, organisers of the event.

“Although there’s still less than two weeks to go, a lot of people will leave registration until the last minute, which is quite normal in the region, but I’m sure it will be another big success.

“Since the very first one we held, the junior aquathlon programme has grown considerably and it’s now become a must-do for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, it’s a chance for them to embrace all the multi-sport disciplines. Aquathlon has generated an increase of participation from the schools over the years and it gives them the opportunity to close their season with a personal best.”

How to get involved

  • What: Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon
  • Where: Al Bateen Beach, Abu Dhabi
  • When: Friday, April 29 (7am)
  • Contact: www.premieronline.com

There are different age and distance categories to choose from. For those aged between 4-10, they will swim 50m followed by a 100m run to the finish.

The Splash and Dash event will see kids aged 8-14 compete the 100m swim and 750 run, while the Competitive categories is double the distance.

For those who want to test themselves further, the Super Sprint consists of a 375m swim followed by a 2.5km run.

With a few days to go, Watson says there will be plenty of positives for kids who sign up.

“The great thing about doing sports is that participation counts,” he said.

“It’s not just the parents, the schools also embrace the opportunity of allowing their pupils to live a healthy lifestyle and it’s a fantastic event that they will enjoy.

“It will be held a safe environment and although the weather will be a bit warm, there is plenty of shade and it’s done early in the morning before the heat really hits in.”

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Going Out: Corporate football tournament

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After two successful cricket tournaments, Fit On Click and Fitness First Middle East are to host their maiden football competition with registration still open.

Their ‘Corporate Football Tournament Dubai 2017’ will be held from May 12 to May 19 at Sportzone, Fitness First Meadows as 16 teams battle for glory in the six-a-side format.

The event is part of the organisers’ vision in their commitment to providing exciting platforms for corporate employees to be fit and active.

“Through this and other sports engagement activities, we encourage corporate employees in UAE to maintain a healthy lifestyle by playing a sport they enjoy in a fun and competitive environment,” said Ben Samuel, Founder and CEO of Fit on Click.

“Our previous two cricket tournaments were catered to mostly Asians. Those proved to be very successful. We had 16 teams in our first edition and in the second there were 24 sides. The feedback we got from all the teams who participated was positive.

“This time, we want to involve all the ethnicities in the UAE to come out and get involved in sports activities and this is why we have decided to launch the Corporate Football Tournament.”

Teams will be split into four groups with games lasting 30 minutes each on May 12 with the qualifiers the following weekend.

While entry numbers have so far been encouraging, Samuel says there will be plenty of positives by taking part even if teams do not get their hands on the winning trophy.

“Although it’s a football tournament and prizes can be won, the true vision and the most important thing we want to achieve is to improve the working relationship among employees. By playing in the tournament, it will allow you to stimulate teamwork, enhance confidence, improve communication skills and work better as a team in the office. For sure, it will have a positive impact on the company.”

He added: “We want to play a big role in allowing people in the UAE to play as many sporting activities and the Corporate Football Tournament Dubai 2017 allows them to do exactly that in what will be fun and competitive.”

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