Get into the swing of things with The Peter Cowen Academy's brand new golf package

Denzil Pinto 13/07/2018
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Teeing off: The package is available until August 31

The temperature might be rising but newbies can pick up the game and develop their skills this summer at The Peter Cowen Academy at Emirates Golf Club.

Their new package is suitable for beginners who want to learn the basics and enhance their knowledge in a sport that is widely played in the UAE.

Priced at Dh345 per person, the programme is divided into three 45-minute sessions inclusive of an introduction, short game, long game, putting and on-course play. Each class will cover the fundamentals of the game as well as other areas like golf swing mechanics, body motion, ball striking and the art of the short game.

On top of that, you don’t need to purchase your own clubs with all guests receiving complimentary equipment hire and practice balls to use over the week.

The package was only launched this year but Stephen Deane, head golf professional at Emirates Golf Club, says there’s already been strong interest so far.

The package is brand new, however we have received a lot of interest from residents looking to get into the game of golf,” he said. “Our previously launched “Learn Golf in a Week package” was extremely successful and gained tremendous attraction at the club.”

Deane believes there’s many positives on why people should take advantage of this offer.

“The package provides a great introduction to the game of golf, it enables participants to get an introduction to the game,” he said.

“The package offers good value for money with all equipment  provided, allowing aspiring golfers to get a taste of the game.  Many of the participants from the Learn Golf in a Week package have gone on to take further lessons and progress to playing on initially the Par 3 course and then 18 hole golf courses.

“Spread across the course of a week, golf enthusiasts will receive three 45-minute sessions, led by qualified professionals at the Peter Cowen Academy.

“With a maximum group size of 10, the guests are ensured a supportive and quality training programme. As the lessons are conducted in a group setting, it is a great thing to do with friends in a friendly atmosphere.”

What: AED345 Package

Where: The Peter Cowen Academy at Emirates Golf Club

When: On-going

Contact: For more information, contact 04 417 9845 or email [email protected]

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With Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel playing, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is set to be a cricket bonanza

Denzil Pinto 10/07/2018
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The setting: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

For cricket fans in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is one not to miss with Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel just some of the stars to take to the field later this year.

From October 4 to 6, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be the venue for the inaugural competition where some of the top franchises in T20 cricket are set to battle for glory.

Yorkshire Vikings of England, Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders, Big Bash League’s Hobart Hurricanes, Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars and South Africa’s most successful T20 outfit Multiply Titans have all been confirmed so far. Organisers Abu Dhabi Cricket in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council will announce the sixth and final team at a later date with them promising it will be the ‘same calibre’ of players.

That list includes Gayle, who is set to feature for The Boost Defenders, while Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is part of the Qalandars’ squad. South African veteran Morkel will be leading the Titans while England pace ace Tymal Mills will don Hobart Hurricanes’ shirt.

Tickets and hospitality packages are now available, with general admission tickets starting from just Dh25. These can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ae, Virgin Megastores and the Zayed Cricket Stadium box office.

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, believes it’s an opportunity not to miss. “It will be a fantastic family event where there will be double-headers for each of the days,” he said. “It’s a new start for cricket in Abu Dhabi and is a fantastic offering. There will be high quality cricket and hope the community comes out and support us.

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

“Given the considerable number of sub continental, British, South African, and Australian residents in Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and Gulf region, we are confident of packing the increased 24,000 capacity of the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to delivering a wonderful experience for our fans at the stadium but the tournament will certainly not be contained to the stands. We expect millions around the world to follow the action on TV, radio and social media – again, cementing Abu Dhabi’s position on the international cricket scene.”

What: Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

When: October 4 to 6

Contact: For more information, visit www.abudhabicricket.com.  

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Get active in the capital this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival

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Book a football pitch at Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.

While Dubai Sports World rages on at World Trade Centre, the capital’s own version of a sporting oasis has gotten under way at Zayed Sports City.

Residents in the emirate can head down to Abu Dhabi Sports Festival, which runs until August 20 and features sports for all athletes and skill levels.

Whether you’re trying to keep fit in the cool confines of the tents located near the International Tennis Centre, or wanting to get in shape, the festival is the place to be this summer.

Whatever your preference, the festival has you covered with basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, mini-tennis and fitness on offer.

Every day, beginning at 10:00 and going until 16:30, Open Play sessions will be held, allowing children aged four to 16 the chance to take part in different activities and sports. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

While football is available all day long, volleyball, basketball and table tennis take place from 18:00 to 23:00, when adults can sink their teeth into the action on the court and pitch.

Before or after getting active, make sure to also fuel up with food and beverages from Costa and Simple Cafe.

There is no entrance fee to get into the festival, but the prices vary by activity.

Open Play sessions are Dh21 for children, while their parents or guardians can get in for free. Football pitch hire costs Dh300 per hour, whereas volleyball and basketball bookings cost Dh50 per hour, and table tennis is Dh25 per hour, up to four people.

There’s no need to book for Open Play sessions, but for football, volleyball, basketball and table tennis, booking in advance is recommended to ensure pitch or court availability. You can also book at the door as long as the pitch or court you want to play on is free.

You can book and pay online by visiting www.adsf2018.ae.

Stay active and fit this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.

What: Abu Dhabi Sports Festival 2018
Where: Tents located near the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City
When: Running until August 20 and open daily from 10:00 to 23:00, with Open Play sessions available from 10:00 to 16:30
Contact: Visit www.adsf2018.ae for more information and to book a pitch or court

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