City Football Schools offer their first free sessions in Dubai

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City Football Schools in action.

For the first time, budding young footballers will now be able to learn the Manchester City way, for free, in Dubai thanks to coaching sessions taking place this spring.

The sessions which are aimed at children aged between five and 16, will take place across two different venues; Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba and Sunmarke School, JVT from March 26-April 3.

Simon Hewitt, City Football School’s Head of Football Operations, said: “It’s great to be able to offer free coaching sessions to children based in Dubai as there’s a lot of talent throughout the Emirate.

“The coaching sessions we are offering are built upon the philosophy and training program of the Manchester City Academy which offers young players, the opportunity to improve their football skills, make friends, stay healthy and have lots of fun under the guidance of fully qualified City Football coaches.

“The sessions are free and open to both boys and girls, however places are limited so I would encourage anyone wanting to register to do so quickly.”

Sessions will commence at Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba from Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 before moving to Sunmarke School, JVT on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.

The final sessions will take place on Sunday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 3, again at Sunmarke School, JVT.

Young footballers wanting to take part in the free sessions must register by emailing [email protected] to secure their place.

Please note that sessions will be offers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Built on the philosophy and training program of the Manchester City Academy, City Football Schools offer children an opportunity to improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun under the guidance and supervision of fully qualified City Football coaches.

What: City Football Schools

Where: Hartland School, Nad Al Sheba and Sunmarke School, JVT

When: March 26-April 3

Contact: www.uae.cityfootballschools.com

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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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