Try out tennis at Zayed Sports City this Ramadan

Denzil Pinto 11/05/2018
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Stay healthy this Ramadan

With Ramadan approaching, Zayed Sports City (ZSC) Academy is offering a fun coaching programme to learn and develop your tennis skills over the Holy month.

To be held every Sunday and Tuesday from May 20 to June 5, the sessions are open to novice and beginners who will learn techniques, tactics and rules while putting your knowledge to the test in fun and friendly matches against the coaches.

Last year proved to be a huge success with 85 per cent of participants saying that would continue playing tennis following the programme. If you want to see why it’s rated so highly, there’s still time to join.

“The ZSC Academy began the Ramadan beginner’s tennis programme last year and we were thrilled that it reached capacity,” said Tony Kouris, general manager of Zayed Sports City.

“The response after it finished was an even bigger compliment. That activity had near perfect ratings with 85 per cent saying they would likely continue playing tennis. We’re looking forward to even greater success this year.”

ZSC Academy has continued to go from strength to strength since launching and Kouris insists the programme is a great step to learning a fun sport.

“Tennis is growing in popularity and while it is easy to get kids into lessons, many adults are interested to learn the sport but don’t know where to start,” he added.

“We developed this programme to be an unintimidating introduction, with professional and friendly coaches who can break down the game into simple components. The Ramadan beginner’s tennis programme is about getting adults into the sport, making it fun and a part of their lifelong health.

“Hosting it in Ramadan is intentional as well. Health is one of many blessings we have and at a time when it would be otherwise easy to let exercise slide on the list of priorities, this programme is a great option for bringing it back into focus.”

Classes take place between 22:00 and 23:00 and costs Dh630. With more than a week to go until the first class, Kouris says there are many reasons why you should join.

“Any adult that wants to give tennis a try is certain to benefit,” he said. “We’ve designed it specifically for adult learners, presenting technical and tactical elements in a fun and relaxed environment, and we’ve considered pricing and timing carefully to make sure that tennis is achievable for everyone during the holy month.”

What: Ramadan tennis coaching programme

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: From May 20

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

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As the weather heats up, City Football Schools will head indoors for their fifth term of the season and will be offering specific Ramadan timings throughout the Holy Month.

Ramadan sessions will run on both Mondays and Wednesdays, from May 13 to June 28, between 20:00 – 22:00 at the Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City to make it more convenient for children to remain active and for their families to take them to their sessions.

In addition to the Ramadan sessions on offer, Term Five will also see week day sessions taking place at New York University Abu Dhabi and Emirates Palace earlier in the evening.

Built on the same philosophy and training programme of the Manchester City Academy back in England, City Football Schools has gone from strength to strength in teaching the UAE’s stars of tomorrow and is now one of the top academies in the country.

Helping players of all ages to improve their skills, build self-confidence, make new friends and be part of a team, City Football Schools coaches are trained to highest Manchester City standards, allowing players to be creative and learn in a fun environment.

There’s even more reason for aspiring footballers to join with all players who sign up for Term Five, with a 10 per cent discount on offer for their summer camps. It costs Dh900 plus VAT and is open to boys and girls aged between 3 and 18.

And although July seems a long way off, parents can start enrolling their children for City Football Schools’ summer camp. Running from July 8 to 26 at Mubadala Arena, boys and girls aged between 6 and 12, can improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun in a positive and friendly learning environment under the guidance and supervision of fully qualified City Football coaches.

Classes for the Summer Camp runs from 08:30 to 14:30 with prices starting from Dh950 per week.

What: City Football Schools Term Five and Summer Camp

Where: Various locations across Abu Dhabi

When: May 13 to June 28 and July 8 to 26

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.cityfootballschools.com

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Real Pilates will keep you fit during Ramadan

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Real Pilates class in action.

Real Pilates is offering its unique space and amazing facilities to keep you fit during Ramadan.

Providing various health benefits to residents of Dubai for years, the famous studio knows the best way to embrace the holy month with the right type of energy boosting exercises and techniques.

Reza Alavi, Founder and Managing Director of Real Pilates said: “The month of Ramadan is a peaceful season for all, where time spent with family and evaluating oneself is encouraged. In line with self evaluation, an acute consciousness of ones wellbeing, both physical and mental should be maintained.”

Real Pilates is located in ONE JLT, Al Sarayat Street and in Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah. Classes start from Dh85 and packages are available.

For Ramadan, Dubai will see the onset of a more peaceful month, whereby those fasting as well as those that aren’t, embrace the spirit of the season. Families will come together more often, sharing meals after Iftar and celebrating a sense of togetherness that the rest of the year may lack.

However this time does also see health levels fluctuating from the yearly norm, due to the change in diet pattern. It is important for those observing the fast to bear in mind their health, and the ways in which to best conserve this during the sacred month.

In line with promoting health levels during this time, low intensity yet wholesome exercise options can be undertaken. A great example of this would be Pilates mat classes, which look into developing core strength and stability. These make use of a series of simple yet precise movements that facilitate toning of muscles, development of flexibility and improve posture.

Yoga is yet another such exercise that does not always necessitate high levels of energy, but through movement that is timed along to the inflow and outflow of air into the body, helps center the mind and body.

However, attempts to maintain ones physical well-being are rendered futile if this is not supported by the nutrients received by the body. Foods with relatively higher water contents which are easily digestible are ideal; as the body can break these down faster to release the energy it has not received throughout the day.

Raw fruits and vegetables would be the prime example of this as they do not overburden the digestive system but are packed with vital substances. Freshly squeezed juices are also highly beneficial as they are packed with quick acting sugars to boost glucose levels in the body.

These when incorporated into the delectable Iftar spread, ensure that individuals receive all the essential nutrients they require.

What: Real Pilates – Pilates Core class

Where: ONE JLT, Al Sarayat Street and in Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah

When: Sundays, 17:30

How: Call 04-4585399, visit www.real-pilates.com, email [email protected]

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