Abu Dhabi Thistle Football Club's open trials start at Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium on Sunday

Matt Jones 31/08/2018
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Abu Dhabi Thistle Football Club is hosting open trials for the 2018/19 season which will commence from Sunday, September 2, at Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium.

The club was founded in 2006 and the ethos is creating a UK style amateur football club, similar to traditional youth clubs from Britain.

The main aim of the club, and all the voluntary coaches, is to provide competitive football in a friendly, fun and supportive environment at all age groups.

“We are looking for players who have good skills, are strong team players, and want to develop themselves as footballers and athletes,” said coach Mark McCreath.

“In the younger age groups the emphasis is on all abilities who want to develop their core footballing skills.

“As age groups progress, there will naturally be more emphasis on ability, and selection of the stronger players – and a continuing emphasis on development.

“The club hopes to continue the prior successes into the new 2018/19 season in our new home at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium.”

Abu Dhabi Thistle Football Club has been running since 2006.

Abu Dhabi Thistle Football Club has been running since 2006.

The open trials for the new season start this Sunday and will be ongoing for the next two weeks.

Age groups include: mixed under-8; boys U10, U12, U13, U14, U16/18 and girls U12, U14 and U18.

More information on specific days for each team, how to register and to get in touch with the club is available on the website http://abudhabithistlefc.com.

The teams play in competitive leagues and tournaments primarily in Abu Dhabi, but also in Dubai, as well as sometimes further afield.

The main league in Abu Dhabi is the Abu Dhabi Youth League comprising a selection of other clubs from the city, including PASS, Regional Sports, Man City, French (EFF) and others.

Games are played weekly, split into two sessions within one season, with the first from September to December and the second from January to April.

On average there are three to four tournaments each year and a league schedule comprising 20 matches.

McCreath added: “Myself and a few other members coach kids football at the club. It usually involves a couple of hours in the week and a couple of hours for games at weekends, but not every weekend.

“It’s a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Professional coaching expertise is not a must – it’s more about enthusiasm and energy to help kids develop and enjoy football.”

If anyone is interested in learning more or getting involved for the upcoming season, get in touch via the website or contact McCreath on [email protected] or 050 120 7896.

What: Abu Dhabi Thistle Football Club open trials and 2018/19 season

When: From September 2

Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium.

Contact: Email Mark McCreath on [email protected] or call 050 120 7896

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Fight fans have a new place to train at Dubai's Real Boxing Only gym

Nick Watkins 27/08/2018
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Ring of honour: Real Boxing Only gym

This time last year Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather collided in the biggest fight in combat sports history, grossing over $700 million. While some questioned the merit of an MMA star taking on (arguably the best ever) boxer, what can’t be denied is it put bums in seats. As did last weekend’s YouTube boxing event featuring online stars KSI and Logan Paul that generated a reported £150million.

Boxing in Dubai has never been so popular and a new gym is already booking in extra classes to cope with demand. “We opened in February, I picked up boxing personally around three years ago and I met an investor whose son boxes and we talked about opening a gym in Dubai,” says Managing Director of Real Boxing Only Michelle Kuehn. “Boxing changed my life and we want to do that for others. It made me fitter, sharper mentally and more energetic. I really want to introduce boxing to females who haven’t tried it. Boxing brings out a side to people that not everyone knows is within them.”

“We’ve got fitness classes and boot camps on the upper level of the gym, and our four pro boxers train downstairs. It can be intimidating if you’re a novice coming into a gym with professional fighters but we’ve made it a gym where everyone feels comfortable”, Kuehn tells Sport360.

Ready to rumble: The Real Boxing Only gym

Ready to rumble: The Real Boxing Only gym

The gym runs boxing fitness classes for those just looking to get in shape and boxing technique classes, which are the most popular, for those taking boxing more seriously. Single classes are priced at AED70 or monthly passes for unlimited classes and gym access cost AED499. AED50 gets you a day pass where you can use the facilities as you please.

“We are very active on social media,” says Kuehn. “We post real, unedited videos which have reached a lot of people. Boxing is growing in the region and we have shows coming up in Dubai. We want to create a boxing culture where youngsters can grow up with the sport and compete on more amateur shows.”

What: Real Boxing Only Gym (RGB LLC)
When: Daily classes
Where: Warehouse 37, 8th Street, behind Times Square Mall
Contact: +971 (0)4 272 7774. Email: [email protected] Instagram: @realboxingonly

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Experience the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup with Interactive Roadshows across the UAE

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The enthralling build-up to Asia’s most prestigious football spectacle will reach new heights when the star-studded, action-packed AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Interactive Roadshow debuts on August 26 at Dubai Mall – the first of many activations across all four host cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah.

Adding to the excitement of the major sporting event to be held in the UAE, special guests will be on hand to meet and greet fans between from 18:00 and 18:30. In addition, the first 50 attendees at the Interactive Roadshow will receive complimentary match tickets for the highly-anticipated tournament.

The six-day event will take place in the Star Atrium in one of the world’s biggest shopping malls, Dubai Mall, which is big enough to fit 189 football pitches. While free to all during the August 26 debut and August 31 closing day, a nominal entry fee of Dh25 will be in place on subsequent days, which will include a match ticket to the 24-nation tournament in January.

The Interactive Roadshow presents passionate fans an opportunity to learn, play, show off their skills and engage with cutting-edge VR technology in three distinct zones of engagement: The Virtual Zone, The Skills Zone and The Victory Zone.

Roadshow, Dubai Mall 1

Throughout each of the Interactive Roadshow days, the Virtual Zone will educate fans about Asia’s finest stars and the proud history of the AFC Asian Cup, bringing visitors on a thrilling journey across the UAE host cities using cutting-edge VR headsets.

The Skills Zone will welcome fans of all abilities, enabling them to pit their skills in a series of accelerating challenges in a football simulator.

The Victory Zone features multiple interactive games that allow visitors to ignite their passion through augmented reality by running, cheering or acting as a spokesperson on behalf of their favorite team.

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, said: “Through the power of sport, we want to connect communities and these Interactive Roadshows are the perfect way to deliver the excitement and energy of the AFC Asian Cup to people across the UAE.

“There is something for everybody at the roadshow, from fans and active footballers to people curious about the history of the sport. I’m sure the roadshows will be extremely popular as they’re a great way for people to learn and play their part in bringing Asia together for the biggest sporting event ever hosted in the region.”

Supporters attending the Interactive Roadshow can bring their excitement for the tournament online by sharing their experiences through social media, using #AsianCup2019 to join in the conversation.

Tickets are available to purchase online via www.afcasiancup2019.com. Everyone taking part in the Interactive Roadshows can select tickets for any of the first-round group stage games, excluding the opening game between UAE and Bahrain.

What: AFC Asian Cup Interactive Roadshow
Where: Across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah
When: Debuts on August 26 at Dubai Mall
Contact: Visit www.afcasiancup2019.com to purchase tickets

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