A Dubai winter camp that will keep your kids active this holiday season

Denzil Pinto 19/12/2017
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Parents looking to keep their kids active over the winter holidays, need to look no further than It’s Just Football and Football Center’s Winter Football Camp.

At Just Play Sports Academy in Dubai, the camp is already underway having begun on Sunday and with it running until Thursday, youngsters can see for themselves why it’s highly-rated.

IJF and Football Center are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their previous editions proving to be huge successes and this week’s will be no different.

Under the guidance of a fully qualified coaching staff, kids will be able to enhance their skills and knowledge through a series of games and training sessions with the emphasis on fun.

Morning sessions run from 09:00 to 12:00 with afternoon classes held from 13:00 to 16:00. Parents can choose from three options – half a day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00) which costs Dh150, while it’s Dh400 for three days. For those who want to attend the full day, then it’s Dh250 daily or Dh650 for three days.

Once that is finished, IJF will be hosting their second winter camp at the end of the month, to be held from December 26 to 28 and January 2 to 4 at Jumeirah Primary School.

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Classes run from 09:00 to 12:00 with one day costing Dh150, three days at Dh400 and the full six days at Dh750.

And Lee Mannion, head coach at IJF and camp director insists there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.

“It’s Just Football is home to Dubai’s most qualified football coaches and this winter your child can play, develop and enjoy with them at their winter camp venues,” he said.

“With new technical themes and competitions each day as well as plenty of giveaways the children are guaranteed to have a brilliant time. The players will also get the chance to challenge themselves against the ‘Super Keeper’, the world’s toughest goal keeper to beat.

“All the details you need are below, so if you want your child involved in the best football
specific holiday camp in Dubai sign up now.”

What: IJF and Football Centre Winter Camps

Where: Just Play Sports Academy and Jumeirah Primary School

When: Various dates

Contact: For more information or to sign up, visit www.thefcdubai.com or www.itsjustfootball.com

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Head to McGettigan’s at JLT for an evening with All Blacks legend Dougie Howlett

Denzil Pinto 17/12/2017
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If you’re a fan of rugby, there’s plenty of reasons to visit McGettigan’s at JLT Dubai this Wednesday considering former All Blacks international Doug Howlett will be taking the stage for their latest ‘Evening With’.

Howlett, 39, was a formidable force for his country, representing his national team 62 times between 2000 and 2007. During those years, he scored 49 Test tries which not only puts him seventh in the all-time list but as New Zealand’s record Test try-scorer.

At club level, as well as having stints with Auckland Blues and Hurricanes, he was part of Munster’s triumphant squad that claimed the European Champions Cup in 2007-08, where he made 114 appearances.

Now with his playing days behind him, Howlett will be reliving those memories and answer any questions from the audience on Wednesday evening from 19:00.

Tickets for the event at The Baggot, costs Dh150 with doors opening at 18:00 with Happy Hour promotions until 20:00.

“Doug Howlett is one of the greatest wingers in the history of the game of rugby and is the leading try scorer for the All Blacks,” said Dennis McGettigan, CEO of McGettigan’s.

“This is a unique opportunity for rugby fans to hear behind the scenes stories from the legend himself.

“The event will see Doug interviewed on stage discussing everything from his childhood growing up in Auckland, New Zealand to his early days playing the sport to his All Blacks career and Munster Rugby in Ireland and his retirement alongside personal anecdotes.”

There will also be an opportunity to take a picture with Howlett himself as well as win some fantastic prizes.

“After the interview, the floor will be opened to fans to ask questions to Doug followed by a meet and greet photo session where fans can take pictures and get their memorabilia signed,” added McGettigan.

“There will also be a chance for fans to get their hands on some rugby memorabilia during the evening. Doug understands that there is a great interest in rugby here in the UAE and has even coached at the Rugby 7’s in Dubai in previous years and so he is keen to establish links with fans here and be an ambassador for the sport.”

McGettigan’s are no strangers to hosting ‘Evening Withs’ wit their previous editions proving to be a massive hit and McGettigan is convinced this week’s will be no different.

“These events are extremely popular. Firstly, the venue itself The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT can hold up to 280 people seated and it has the ideal atmosphere for hosting such Q&A’s,” he said.

“In the past we have had Q&A’s with British former professional boxer Frank Bruno, former England international footballer Paul Gascoigne and retired Irish rugby union player Donncha O’Callaghan and British and Irish Lions player, David Wallace. Irish professional golfer Shane Lowry is McGettigan’s official brand ambassador, with McGettigan’s hosting regular golf days with the athlete.

“At McGettigan’s we try to create a real sense of camaraderie through all of our events, and particularly with sports. We have such a mix of nationalities as customers that it creates a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community spirit during these events.”

WHAT: An Evening With former All Blacks international Doug Howlett
WHERE: The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT
WHEN: Wednesday, December 20 from 19:00
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.mcgettigans.com

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Watch Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and other stars in action at Mubadala World Tennis Championship

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Nadal won the 2016 edition of the event.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be among the stars in action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) later this month and you can watch them live with tickets still available.

The 10th edition of the tournament gets underway from December 28-30 at Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre in Abu Dhabi and like previous years it’s one not to miss.

Joining four-time champion Nadal and Djokovic, who will make his long-awaited comeback since July, in the six-player line-up is three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka.

Like Djokovic, the Swiss will take to the court for the first time since Wimbledon and will open his campaign against US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta.

Another MWTC debutant, world No.5 Dominic Thiem will take on Milos Raonic, who is making his third consecutive appearance in Abu Dhabi.

Besides watching the tennis, those attending the first day of the tournament activities on 28 December, can expect plenty of fun at the Tennis Village for Kid’s Day.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Nadal at his autograph signing as well as watching the players up close at their practice sessions.

With tickets still available, John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, says to purchase them now to avoid disappointment.

“To be celebrating the 10th landmark edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship this year is something Flash are truly proud of,” he said.

“We bring a tournament format that is completely unique to the UAE, where tennis fans can enjoy watching the world’s best players battle it out, and families and friends can come together for a great day out to lap up the excitement both on and off-court.

“Over the past nine editions we have seen 125,000 fans come and join us in Abu Dhabi, which goes to show its popularity here. This year will certainly be another thrilling event.”

As well as watching some of the world’s best tennis stars on UAE soil, you can warm up or cool down at Creamfields Abu Dhabi or Katy Perry’s New Year’s Eve concert.

If you have already purchased a ticket for MWTC, you can now receive a 20 per cent discount when purchasing a General Admission ticket to Creamfields Abu Dhabi and/or Katy Perry’s New Year Eve concert online through www.ticketmaster.ae.

What: Mubadala World Tennis Championship Tickets

Where: International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

When: December 28-30

Contact: Visit www.ticketmaster.ae or www.mubadalawtc.com.

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