Take to the court and be part of the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup at Zayed Sports City

Denzil Pinto 19/03/2018
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Get on court in the UAE capital.

Here’s your chance to be part of the region’s largest mass-participation tennis competition with the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup returning next month.

To be held between April 1 to 27 at Zayed Sports City, the tournament has become one of the most popular events not just in the UAE but across the region. And with registration closing on March 25, you can see for yourself why it’s highly-rated.

Powered by Under Armour and supported by Wilson, it is unique because players can enter in multiple categories – allowing juniors to play with older players while also testing themselves against the best in the country.

“This year is particularly exciting for the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup because Under Armour is powering the tournament,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“They’re a great brand and to have their support, as well as that of Wilson, who has been behind us since day one, really speaks to the calibre of the event. Every year since 2013 the cup is becoming more and more popular, such as a 20 per cent increase in registrations last year. The 2018 edition will have an even stronger turnout, representing the full range of possibilities in the sport, from kids in their first tournament to former pro players and coaches.”

He added: “The Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup is one of the ways Zayed Sports City is helping to improve the profile of tennis in the UAE. With great professional events, such as the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, helping to increase interest, we saw that there was no community tournament with the same excitement. It has all of our favourite parts of a great tournament: challenging players at your same age or ability, or even those with professional experience; meeting other tennis players from around the country and region; and of course the excitement from competition itself. This combination also supports building the tennis community to be even stronger, and it has a snowball effect.”

There are 20 categories on the schedule across different age groups for juniors and adults. There’s even more reason to sign up considering all winners will be awarded with some attractive prizes.

Entry fees vary by division, from Dh84 to Dh158, with matches scheduled on weekday nights and weekends.

“Everyone who plays tennis can find a way to participate in the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup,” added Kouris. “It’s all about participation, challenge, and the community spirit of a lifelong sport. It’s a balance of everything that a tennis player looks for. There are elements of development, socialisation and of course exhilaration of the contest itself. We are really honoured to be putting this on and welcome everyone to join us.”

What: Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: From April 1

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

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Sign up for the Ashurst Tri Fest and swim, bike and run at Jebel Ali Waterfront

Nick Watkins 18/03/2018
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Take to the water on Friday March 30.

Are you new to triathlon and looking to take part in a race?

The Ashurst Tri Fest could be just what you’re looking for.

You’ve still got until Sunday March 24 to sign up for the popular event, which takes place on Friday March 30, at the picturesque Jebel Ali Waterfront.

Organised by Race Me Events, Tri Fest is a celebration of the sport and is designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved – with many participants giving triathlon a go for the first time.

Indeed, it is a triathlon heavily focused on inclusion and community spirit.

For adults, there are three different distances you can choose from with the Supersprint, Sprint and Olympic races on offer whether you’re swimming, cycling or running as an individual or part of a team.

For children in the age category 4-14, there are two distances on offer and parents have the chance to stay with their children if they wish to help them around the course.

One of those taking part is Rio Watson, a teenager with a very rare chromosome disorder who is part of Team Angel Wolf. Formed by Nick Watson, the team raise awareness of people with special needs, particularly children, and how they can be included in fitness activities.

Paul Venn, one of the owners of the event, said: “Tri Fest is community-based event that appeals to experienced triathletes looking for a personal best or first-timers just looking to finish. Crystal clear water, closed roads and a new spectator-friendly course create a wonderful atmosphere. We expect more than 1,000 people will race.

“We are proud supporters of TeamAngelWolf as we share their message of inclusion and integrating children with special needs into society through sport. Our kids races give children of all ages and abilities to race with and be inspired by Rio Watson who will be racing with his dad, Nick, and sister, Tia.”

On race day itself, transition opens from 5am and racing begins at 6.30am, with briefings from officials before that.

Race numbers for all participants must be clearly visible on their back during the bike base and front during the run, with people advised by Race Me Events to wear an elastic belt to display their number. During the swim, colour-coded swimming caps must be worn and are also included in the race track.

After you cross the finish and pick up your medal, enjoy the Race Village which will have entertainment and food tracks for some much-needed refreshments.

Further information and registration visit Premieronline.com.

WHAT: Ashurst Tri Fest
WHERE: Jebel Ali Waterfront
WHEN: Friday 30th March
CONTACT: Premieronline.com 

Supersprint (teams only)
375m swim
10k Bike
2.5k Run
Scheduled start time: 7:30

Olympic (age groups/teams)
1500m swim
40k bike
10k run
Scheduled start time: 6:20

Sprint (age groups/teams)
750m swim
20k bike
5k run
Scheduled start time: 6:40

Supersprint (age groups/teams)
375m swim
10k bike
2.5k run
Scheduled start time: 7:30

Tiny Tri (kids 4-14)
200m swim
5k bike
1k run
Scheduled start time: 9:30

Teeny Tiny Tri (kids 4-14)
100m swim
2.5k bike
500m run
Scheduled start time: 10:00

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At the ICC Academy this Easter, kids can step up their game with their fun junior camps

Denzil Pinto 17/03/2018
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On your doorstep: The ICC Academy is situated in Dubai Sports City

Make sure your child has an extra special Easter break by registering them for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy’s Easter Junior and Masterclass camps.

When it comes to learning cricket, there’s no better place than the ICC Academy. Ever since opening their doors at Dubai Sports City, it has become the go-to place for international teams.

That’s no surprise considering they boast world-class facilities and with school breaking up for the term, kids can see for themselves why it’s highly rated through a number of their fun programmes.

Open to boys and girls, they will sharpen their cricket skills through game-based training sessions, make new friends and most of all have fun during the holidays.

Previous editions of their camps have been a big success and this month’s is set to be no different.

Held in the fully air-conditioned, children as young as 6 years old can enjoy learning some of the basics of cricket as well as develop agility, balance and co-ordination, all under the watchful eye of fully-qualified Level 3 coaching staff.

With their vision to ‘become and remain the world’s leading cricket development, performance and education institution’, the ICC continue draw up new initiatives to help the stars of tomorrow.

For the first time, children aged 12 and over can also sign for brand new bowling and batting ‘masterclass’ workshops.

The batting workshop will focus on decision making, execution, batting tactics and all round batting skills. The bowling workshop, designed for players currently playing with hard ball, will focus on alignment variations, bowling tactics and all-round skills development. They will also be able to get feedback through video analysis technology that will help them enhance their overall game.

What: ICC Academy Easter Camps and Masterclass sessions

Where: ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

When: From March 25 (exact dates below)

Contact: To register, visit www.ICCAcademy.net, call 04 4481355 or email [email protected]

Dates:

Week 1

Date: 25 – 29March

Time: 09:00am – 12:00pm

Ages: 6 – 11 years

Week 2

Date: 1 – 5 April

Time: 09:00 – 12:00

Ages: 6 – 11 years

Prices

One day: Dh120

Week 1 or Week 2 (5 days) – Dh525

Week 1 and Week 2 (10 days) – Dh1000

*Prices are inclusive of VAT

Masterclass Batting and Bowling Workshops

Batting Masterclass

Date: 1 and 2 April

Time: 13:00 – 15:00

Ages: 12+

Bowling Masterclass

Date: 4 – 5 April

Time: 13:00 – 15:00

Ages: 12+

Prices

Batting or Bowling – Dh260

Batting and Bowling – Dh470

*Prices are inclusive of VAT

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