Vincent Kompany lauds City's growing fan base in Abu Dhabi

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Kompany is delighted with the growing number of City fans in the Middle East.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has spoken of the growing fan base in Abu Dhabi as the club prepare to screen the vital league clash with Manchester United at a special Fanzone event on Saturday.

Families and fans alike from across the UAE will be able to come together on Saturday April 7 and enjoy a fun-filled, family evening at the Cityzens FanZone where they will be able to watch Manchester City go head to head with their great rivals.

During a visit to the UAE capital for warm weather training Kompany said: “I have personally been to Abu Dhabi several times and on each trip you see the fan support growing and getting stronger. We know the fans here often come together to watch games and it is those occasions which show how the club is developing in terms of our relationship with supporters. We value the fans here in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East massively.”

Kompany and his men had undergone warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi.

Leading from the front: Skipper Kompany.

The FanZone event in Abu Dhabi will be held at Zayed Sports City, Football Pitch 15 from 8pm.

Activities and competitions will take place before the game and at half-time with refreshments available throughout the day.

Date: Saturday April 7

Time: Doors open at 20:00 and kick-off at 20:30.

Location: Zayed Sports City, Football Pitch 15

Parking: Limited parking will be available at Zayed Sports City and will be allocated on first come first served basis.

Price: FREE however attendees are encouraged to register via Cityzens site.

Registrations can be here.

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Budding cricketers can enhance their skills with a Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy coach in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi Cricket has partnered with Gary Kirsten Cricket to deliver a Spring training camp like no other in the region.

Although it started on Sunday, there’s still places for budding cricketers to enhance their skills and knowledge this week.

Running until April 5, the camp will offer an unparalleled cricketing experience for the UAE’s stars of tomorrow, combining the skills of World Cup-winning coach Kirsten and his highly-qualified staff as well as Abu Dhabi Cricket’s team.

It will be overseen by Oscar Nauhaus, who will join Abu Dhabi Cricket’s coaches including Sri Lankan international players Chamani Seneviratne and Melani Abeysinghe.

Whether your child plays the game regularly or wants to take their first steps of learning the sport, the camp is open to all abilities. Kids will be split into different groups according to their ability – beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Nauhas brings plenty of experience having coached for 12 years in various academies across the world from South Africa to India, Sri Lanka and England and now the UAE. He joined the established Gary Kirsten Academy in 2016 to focus on high performance coaching and will implement the GKC coaching techniques in Abu Dhabi. He will not only focus on the youth programmes but also player development at the senior level.

The camp, which runs from 09:00 to 16:00, will consist of coaching in the mornings before kids can test their skills in the afternoon with matches and fun games.

Full day from 09:00 to 16:00 costs Dh750 for the week, while half-days – 09:00 to 12:00 costs Dh550 for the five days. A single day costs Dh170.

Zayed Cricket Academy are no strangers to hosting top coaching programmes and are now one of the best institutions in the UAE.

Teaching girls from 4 to 18, they have enjoyed significant local and international success, most recently in the Under-19 UAE National Academies League for the second year running. Academy players have also won scholarships to prestigious schools abroad and been selected to represent the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE Inter-Emirate tournament as well as the Under-16 and U-19 UAE national team.

What: Gary Kirsten Cricket Spring Camp

Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket

When: Today until Thursday

Contact: For more information or to register, email [email protected]

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Take on the #AnelkaChallenge at Fairmont The Palm Dubai

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Nicolas Anelka enjoyed a stellar career in the game.

Do you think you’ve got quicker feet than former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka?

Now is your chance to put your skills to the test against the man himself and prove you’re quicker.

Next month at the Fairmont The Palm Dubai, go head-to-head against the retired France legend and see if you can better his score of 350 steps in 30 seconds (watch here). That’s right, you only have half a minute to surpass his tally at the hotel’s PRAMA by Pavigym Studio.

The ‘fast feet’ training routine isn’t as easy as it looks, and in truth, Anelka makes it looks easy.

Nevertheless, celebrity coach and personal trainer Meddy, who hosts regular fit boxing classes at the resort, is inviting you to try out the state-of-the-art interactive fitness studio session as part of Fairmont The Palm’s BE.YOUR.BEST brand promise.

The #AnelkaChallenge is open to the public, therefore, anyone can come and have a go but you first need to secure your spot via the hotel’s Facebook page or contact email below.

So, what is the incentive to beat the 39-year-old former footballer and Dubai resident?

There’s a huge one. The top three scorers or ‘fastest feet’ are in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes, including a two-night stay within the hotel’s presidential suite, plus an array of fitness class, spa treatment and other prizes.

On the evening of Thursday April 12 itself, meet and greet opportunities will be available with Anelka as the Frenchman watches to see who can eclipse his record!

Snacks and refreshments will also be provided throughout and participants are urged to use the #AnelkaChallenge and #FairmontThePalm hashtags on social media.

WHAT: The #AnelkaChallenge
WHERE: Fairmont The Palm Dubai
WHEN: Thursday, April 12th at 18:00
CONTACT: Please RSVP to secure your space to event via Fairmont The Palm’s Facebook page or contact [email protected]

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