At Juventus Academy Abu Dhabi, learn to play like the Bianconeri

Denzil Pinto 30/01/2018
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Budding footballers in Abu Dhabi can learn to play like Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus’ brand new academy in the capital.

Located on the football grounds at Abu Dhabi Cricket, just metres away from the iconic cricket stadium, the Italian giants have opened their new centre, giving an opportunity for kids to enhance their skills and knowledge.

The new term is already under way, having began this week with classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Run by the club’s Italian approved coaches, children aged from four to 17 will undergo and fun and interactive coaching programme, while also testing themselves in tournaments and leagues.

The programme mirrors the philosophy of Bianconeri, helping the kids take their first steps into football with a training platform devised by some of Europe’s greatest coaches, while also aiming to develop footballers through a vision which combines technical aspects with mental, emotional and interpersonal ones.

On top of that, the players will also have the opportunity to travel to Italy during the summer and  compete in the Juventus Academy World Cup – as well as attending a training experience session.

Just like their first-team, Juventus Academy have built a strong reputation of coaching the stars of tomorrow with up to 80 centres based across the world.

In the UAE, their Dubai academy has proven to be a huge success with already 500 children on their books so far.

And with the project managed by J Sports LLC, a joint venture between Al Masaood Group and FFG Sports Management LLC, Ahmed Al Masaood, vice chairman of Al Masaood Group, believes Abu Dhabi will be no different.

“We are honoured to represent one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Juventus was founded in 1897 and it is the only sports team in the world to be owned by the same family (Agnelli) for 94 years,” he said. “It is a great step to further strengthen the relationship between UAE and Italian culture and is sure to be highly valued by the Abu Dhabi community.”

What: Juventus Academy coaching programme

Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket facility, near Sheikh Zayed Stadium

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.juventus.com/academyabudhabi

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Compete in the Super 6s Championships to show off your golden touch

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Touch and go: The Super 6s will feature quality rugby talent in the region.

On the heels of a successful inaugural league of the Touch Super 6s, rugby lovers can continue to compete in the first Touch Super 6s Championships next month.

To be held at Dubai Sports City on Friday, January 12, the tournament is set to once again bring together rugby enthusiasts from across the UAE to showcase the region’s talent. Register your team with a squad of up to 14 players for Dh1,200 and play in one of three categories: Men’s, Mixed and Ladies.

For those wanting to play in the second league of the Touch Super 6s, the competition gets under way on January 10 and runs for 10 weeks until March 21.

Teams can register for the league for Dh3,200. In the first season, Patu claimed the crown for the Men’s division, while Kahu earned the Ladies title and the Untouchables won the Mixed Division 2 category.

The competition is expected to once again be at a high level in both the second league and the tournament, which will have a prize giving ceremony at Kickers Sports Bar to award the winners and keep the party going.

Victoria Hepworth, partner at Corporate Affair Event Management and organiser of the Super 6s League, said: “With lots of experience setting up the Middle East Touch Championships and the Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament, and through our great working relationship with METouch, we were confident that the demand for a new touch league was out there, and we weren’t wrong.

Trailblazers: Kahu of BroTown Club won the Ladies title in the first Touch Super 6s league.

Trailblazers: Kahu of BroTown Club won the Ladies title in the first Touch Super 6s league.

“League 1 sold out extremely quickly and, moving forward, we have been able to secure some extra pitch time which has allowed us to grow the up and coming League 2, which we’re thrilled about.

“We’re delighted that the majority of teams from League 1 are coming back for more in January – high praise indeed. The Super 6s also aims to provide a platform for developing referees in the area. We ran a 1 FIT certified course last month which saw more than 25 people graduate onto level 2.

“We’re really pleased to be able to support the sport on so many levels – here’s to a successful 2018.” For more information and to sign up for the league or tournament, visit www.super6s-dubai.com

WHAT: Touch Super 6s Championships and second league
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
WHEN: League begins January 10 and tournament is on January 12
CONTACT: Visit www.super6sdubai.com

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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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