Head down to Dubai Marina to get running down to a fine art

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Coming to Dubai: On Art Run

Dubai Marina is one of the emirate’s most popular areas for runners in the UAE, and this weekend the spot hosts an organised event with a difference.

Two hundred participants have signed up for the On Art Run, taking in the scenic route around the Marina, starting at the Xclusive Yachts mooring. Runners will gather together for a 5km run around the Marina, which will then be followed by a buffet dinner on a special two-hour boat cruise.

The art-inspired evening has two of Dubai’s best upcoming artists involved, including South African-born Mariska Nel. Nel will be on board the cruise showcasing works of art, as well as painting runners’ shoes with unique designs. Also on board will be a live DJ spinning the decks for the duration of the cruise and competition prizes will be given away too.

Runners will get to see the whole of Dubai Marina as the track loops around the iconic skyscrapers. The cruise is scheduled to leave the Marina dock at 19:30 and return around 21:30.

Participants have the chance to mingle with fellow race-goers and art fans on the yacht, building on bringing together like-minded people using exercise and creative minds, a concept which was successful when rolled out in the United States.

The On Art Run originated in downtown Los Angeles, which is home to some of the world’s best street art and graffiti artists. Speaking at the event, David Allemann, the On co-founder, said: “On is a running shoe brand, originally out of Switzerland, we’re not just designing a shoe but a running experience.” Over 400 people registered for the LA run contributing to the $4,000 that was raised for LA charities promoting arts and culture.

As for the new On Cloud running shoes, they’re specially designed so that when your foot hits the ground the highly adaptive rubber elements cushion both vertical and horizontal forces for a softer landing.

The ‘clouds’ lock firm to provide a solid foundation for a natural and powerful takeoff and on the sole they act like tiny stability balls, responding to every movement of your foot. They activate postural muscles and enable you to stabilize your foot without artificial support

Prices for the event start at Dh295 and participants will each receive a goody bag and t-shirt along with the food and drink on the boat cruise.

What: On Art Run
When: Friday, March 9 from17:30
Where: Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina
Contact: www.premieronline.com

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Stars of tomorrow celebrate academy's third birthday with trip to Spain

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Alliance Academy

Some of football’s stars of tomorrow are getting the chance to train with some of the biggest names in Spain.

Alliance Academy, a UAE Football Association-approved soccer school, is traveling to Spain to train with La Liga giants Valencia.

This month, the academy celebrates its three-year anniversary having been set up in 2015 by Mehran Rowshan.

As part of the academy setup, this year, they will be taking thirty-five members to Spain for some La Liga coaching. “We actually work with Valencia FC and the difference between this trip and others is that we will train with Valencia’s coaches and use their academy. The kids get to play against their teams too.”

Crucially for Rowshan, the trip is just as much about education as it is football, “We also have a reading initiative while we’re there, each kid has to read their book before training and then at the end of the day a few of the kids will be speaking to the group about the book and what they’ve learned. It’s not just football we’re teaching; it’s educating kids and teaching them to be good people. This year 35 kids will be going with our coaches. Half of the group are under 10s and 12s and the other half are under 16s, so we’re looking forward to the trip.”

Rowshan started the Alliance Academy after his semi-pro career was cut short due to injury but his love of the game led him to become a professional coach, helping develop over 5,000 players off all abilities. He has designed a course, which helps develop character, build confidence and life skills as well as developing as a footballer.

His credentials include UEFA and International Coaching Licenses, along with qualifications in football psychology, match analysis and coaching children. “We’ve grown a lot and we expect to double in size by October this year, we should have around 300 kids,” Rowshan told Sport360°.

Players, between the ages of 4-18, spend the majority of sessions involved with a ball to establish a connection with it and to develop technique. Away from the pitch, players also get a good understanding of the health and nutritional side of the game to ensure they maximize their performance on the field.

The academy also gives children a chance to test their abilities with players overseas. Previous events have seen the Alliance Academy travel compete in Europe and Africa.

Children can get involved in the weekly training sessions, which take place, at Sunmarke School, JVT, on Sundays and Tuesdays and Fridays at Jebel Ali shooting club. Prices per term (10 weeks) are AED 2500 for 2 training sessions a week, AED 3300 for 3 training sessions a week.

For more information visit alliancefootballclub.com.

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New Volvo XC40 named 2018 European Car of the Year

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Award winner: Sporty Volvo XC40

Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, Volvo has taken home the prestigious European Car of the Year award.

The XC40, a new sporty SUV, has picked up the 2018 gong adds to Volvo’s impressive collection of awards, including previous accolades for the other SUVs in the company fleet. Both the larger XC90 and mid-size XC60 SUV were awarded the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title in the past two years. The 2018 European Car of the Year award follows other recent recognition for the XC40, including the Car of the Year award by leading UK automotive publication What Car?

“Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.”

The XC40 roll-out will soon extend to China – the world’s biggest car market – where Volvo is expecting similar interest to the 20,000 cars ordered by customers across Europe and the US. It’s the first model on Volvo Cars’ new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including fully electrified vehicles.

Volvo Car Group President: CEO Håkan Samuelsson

Volvo Car Group President: CEO Håkan Samuelsson

The XC40 is also the first Volvo to come with a car-sharing feature, enabled via Volvo’s digital key technology and its connected services platform Volvo On Call. XC40 owners can share their car with family and friends without having to hand over a physical key.

In another first, the XC40 launched Volvo Cars’ new subscription service, Care by Volvo, which offers car access via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership.

In 2017, the company announced its commitment to electrify all Volvo Cars launched from 2019. In line with this leadership position in electrification, a hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.

“We have a clear strategy for growth and we are committed to leading in automotive safety, connectivity services and electrification,” said Håkan Samuelsson. “The XC40 reflects that commitment, and looking at the response from our customers and from the COTY jury here today, we are on the right track.”

Volvo, in operation since 1927, recorded sales of 571,577 cars in 2017 in 100 countries.

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