Sign up for IFA Sport’s training camps in August to play football the right way

Denzil Pinto 31/07/2017
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Every day is a school day: Coaches teach budding footballers.

There’s still a few weeks to go until the new football season begins but with IFA Sport holding their camp, that’s no excuse for budding youngsters not to develop their game this summer.

Running until August 31 at AllStar Sports (Al Barsha) and Dubai Sports World (Dubai World Trade Centre), the camp has been a big hit and children aged between four to 16, can still join with places still available.

IFA Sport are no strangers to organising summer camps with their previous editions proving hugely popular and this year’s will be no different.

“We have had around 50 kids at each camp which is split into different age groups and each group has its own dedicated coach,” said Tommy Wingrove, technical director at IFA.

“Each day focuses on a different aspect of football with themes such as ‘Stay On The Ball’, ‘Control Possession’, ‘Take Your Chance’ and ‘Win the Ball’.

“The kids will then have the chance to test their skills in structured mini-tournaments. “They will also undertake a series of Skills Challenges, receiving comprehensive performance reviews at the end of the week.

“In addition to all the drills that we do, there’s always plenty of match time too.” The camp runs Sunday to Thursdays from 09:00 to 16:00 at both venues.

Parents can wish to enroll their children for either the half-day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00), which costs Dh125 per day or Dh500 per week, or the full-day (09:00 to 16:00) at Dh200 per day or Dh750 per week.

With the programme already in high demand, Wingrove has urged parents to register now for their children to learn from one of the best academies in the UAE.

“There are still some spots available but certain timings are already limited so get in touch fast,” he said. “With over a decade of experience in the region, IFA Sport is the largest grass roots independent sports academy in the UAE with a brand vision to help more kids get more out of sport.

“Our camps are designed to give players the opportunity to progressively develop their football skills in a fun and positive environment.

“During the five-day camps, players will learn about all areas of the game under the tutelage of the vastly experienced UEFA qualified coaching team.  “It also offers a fantastic solution for kids to play in a fun and safe environment in Dubai.”

WHAT: IFA Sport Summer Camps

WHERE: Allstar Sports, Al Barsha and Dubai Sports World

WHEN: Now until August 31

CONTACT: For more information, visit go.ifasport.com/camp

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Escape the UAE heat and hit the slopes at Ski Dubai this summer

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Above and beyond: Lower the heat but lift the boredom this summer at Ski Dubai.

With the scorching summer now upon us, you can beat the UAE heat and enjoy fun activities in real snow at the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort – Ski Dubai.

Since opening in 2005, the venue has become one of the most prominent attractions for residents and visitors thanks to its amazing mountain-wintery setting with temperatures ranging from -1 to -4 degrees.

Snowboarding and skiing, as well as enjoying a perfect view of the breathtaking 3,000 square metre location in the chairlift, are just some of the activities you can look forward to that will guarantee fun for all ages.

“Ski Dubai is and will remain a staple attraction on Dubai’s ever changing leisure and entertainment scene, and since we opened our doors over a decade ago we have been committed to providing all our guests with great moments every day,” said Sherif Hashem, senior marketing manager at Ski Dubai.

“During these summer months, we have all of our usual offerings running which includes our Ski School, Snow Park, Mountain Thriller Slide, Snow Bullet zip line experience and of course our much loved Penguin Encounters.

“We recently launched our Ice Bumper Cars which is a new attraction for our younger guests, and it’s proving very popular. It is an old classic ride, with a cool Ski Dubai twist.”

Snow Park tickets are available at Dh200 (unlimited access to the park) while prices vary for the Polar, Polar Express, Ski Dubai Experience and Ski Slope attractions.

Board games: Snowboarding is popular at Ski Dubai.

Board games: Snowboarding is popular at Ski Dubai.

You can also take advantage of different promotions including the 20 per cent discount for UAE residents.

“We know that for many residents staying in Dubai over the summer months they are desperate for things to do out of the desert heat,” said Hashem.

“This is why we have introduced resident rates which offers a 20 per cent discount on our Polar, Polar Express and Ski Dubai Experience Passes. You just need to present your Emirates ID, driving license or labour card to enjoy the discount.”

He added: “This year, for the first time we are running a promotion with Emirates Skywards where Ski Dubai guests can be in with the chance to win 250,000 air miles with every Dh350 spent.

“And for all of our visitors that are movie buffs we have partnered with VOX Cinemas to launch our IMAX SNOW offer, which gives access to Ski Dubai and an IMAX ticket all for only Dh199.”

Although many people will go abroad for their vacations, for those who are staying in the country, Hashem believes a visit to Ski Dubai will definitely be worthwhile and memorable.

“Honestly, it is truly unique to experience -4 degrees in Dubai but Ski Dubai is so much more than that. We believe that we offer something for everyone whether it’s catching up with friends over a hot chocolate, keeping fit or entertaining the kids, you’re guaranteed to have a great day out.”

WHAT: Ski Dubai

WHERE: Mall of the Emirates

WHEN: Ongoing

CONTACT: For more information, visit www.theplaymania.com/skidubai.

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Sport in the UAE - Going Out - Make a big splash at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain

Denzil Pinto 25/06/2017
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Paddle to the max: The kayaking course provides plenty of thrills and spills.

With the summer now upon us, you will not be short of options at Wadi Adventure Al Ain whether you fancy a day on the beach or want to try out water sport activities.

Since opening five years ago in 2012, the venue has become one of the top attractions in the UAE and has now become a regular weekend getaway for friends and families looking for an adventure.

And while the temperature is scorching, Wadi Adventure’s doors are open throughout the summer allowing you to enjoy a fun day out in a fantastic location.

“Building an adventure park – which is the also the only Adventure park in the whole of the Middle East makes Wadi Adventure unique in every sense,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure Al Ain.

“Being located at the base of the Jebel Hafeet mountain range and having the mountain as a back drop, provides an unparalleled views among all the other parks in the UAE.”

Surfing, rafting and kayaking are just some of the things you can look forward with classes also available. On top of that, you can also do wakeboarding as well as ziplining.

“We have the largest surf pool in the Middle East which generates waves of up to the height of over 3 metres, it’s the only pool which guarantees waves every 90 seconds unlike the seas around UAE.

“Our rafting and kayaking channels are the longest artificial rivers in the world with a length of 1.1 kilometres, while our advanced river is Grade 4 level which is often used by Olympian and World champions.”

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

The park is open between 10:00 and 20:00 for kayaking, rafting and wakeboarding while the beach is from 12:00 to 17:45.

Individual admission tickets vary between Dh25 and Dh50, while a family pass (two children and adults) will cost Dh100. There are extra charges for the watersport activities while packages and membership options are also available.

Big numbers flock to the venue on a weekly basis and John insists it will be a memorable visit.

“Wadi Adventure is the only adventure park in the UAE where you get to enjoy surfing, rafting, kayaking, wakeboarding and aerial obstacle courses all in one location,” he said.

“It’s also a perfect place for companies to host their team building activities while we also provide training  for people to learn surfing, kayaking and swimming.”

WHAT: Activities at Wadi Adventure Al Ain
WHERE: Wadi Adventure
WHEN: On-going
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.wadiadventure.ae

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