Dubai Kartdrome announce dates for new Emirates Schools Karting Champ

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More than 200 students & teachers have expressed an interest in this year's championship.

Race dates were announced for the Dubai Kartdrome rounds of the inaugural Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC), with team entries now being accepted online by the organisers.

With dates now confirmed, the Kartdrome has opened online entries for school teams, with the first 24 registered applicants guaranteed spots on the grid for the mini-endurance style series to be run during the first four months of 2016.

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The first date on the Dubai Autodrome calendar is the Test & Welcome Day on November 14 when teams will have test sessions after taking part in an ESKC workshop.

ESKC director and Kartdrome manager Ryan Trutch said: “The Test & Welcome Day is an opportunity for us to meet the teams and also for the team members to get to know their rivals in a relaxed atmosphere, while familiarizing themselves with the format of the series.”

The first day on the Dubai Autodrome calendar is Test & Welcome Day on November 14.

“The workshop will provide updated information to all the participants and offer a platform to address questions from teachers, students and parents involved in the series. Registered and paid-up teams will then be able to test in race-like conditions.”

The ESKC is being run along with partner circuits Al Ain Raceway, RAK Track and Al Forsan Raceway under the auspices of the ATCUAE.

For Emirates Schools Karting Championship information, news and registration please refer to www.eskc.com.

Saturday 14 November 2015              Dubai Kartdrome Test & Welcome Day
Sunday 10 January 2016                    Dubai Kartdrome Race Day 1
Sunday 14 February 2016                  Dubai Kartdrome Race Day 2
Sunday 20 March 2016                      Dubai Kartdrome Race Day 3
Saturday 23 April 2016                      Dubai Kartdrome 2016 ESKC Grand Final

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BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund lauds progress of badminton in Dubai

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Former world number one mixed doubles player Thomas Lund meets young players.

Shuttle Time Dubai will launch four local training centres this month in a bid to help the growth of the sport at grassroots level across Dubai.

In partnership with the Dubai Sports Council, four schools were selected as the venues for the 14 week training programme. All of the schools have previously been involved in the Shuttle Time teacher training and coaching development programmes, and as a result have the trained personnel required to deliver them.

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The Local Training Centres are located at Dubai National School in Al Barsha; Dubai International School in Al Quoz; Al-Ebdaa Model School in Al Twar, and Salahuddin Sports Hall in Al Mamzar (Al Ahmadiya School and Ahmed Sulayem School).

Badminton World Federation (BWF) Secretary General Thomas Lund was in Dubai on Tuesday, and visited the centre at Dubai National School. 

“The development of the Shuttle Time Dubai Local Training Centres is another huge step forward in the development of badminton here in Dubai,” said Lund, a former world number one in mixed doubles.

Each centre is offering coaching for two hours per day for between 30-50 children.

“It is encouraging to see that Dubai is taking a very strategic approach to promoting the sport and increasing participation levels, and it is already paying dividends. Teacher education courses were held last year, and many of the teachers have now completed their BWF Level 1 courses and have become accredited specialised coaches. The location of the centres has been selected based on the availability of the qualified coaches, so these children are receiving quality instruction right from the outset which is critical.”

Shuttle Time Dubai was introduced as part of the partnership between the Dubai Sports Council and the BWF to bring the Dubai World Superseries Finals to Dubai each December from 2014 to 2017.

Each centre is offering coaching by qualified BWF Level 1 coaches for two hours per day, three times per week for 14 weeks for between 30-50 children.

For more information on Shuttle Time Dubai visit Badminton Shuttle Time Dubai on Facebook, or log on to www.dubaisuperseriesfinals.ae

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Going Out: At Middle East Touch Championships, it’s all gain and no pain

Matt Jones 30/09/2015
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Get going: Touch rugby is a fun and engaging way to stay active.

More than 40 teams from the Middle East and beyond are set to feature at the Middle East Touch Championships 2015 which will be taking place in Abu Dhabi next month.

Teams from the UAE, as well as Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, India and Sri Lanka, will descend on Al Ghazal Golf Club for the two-day competition, which takes place from October 22-23.

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Looking to get back into shape over the cooler months after an indulgent summer? Then the Middle East Touch Championships is the event for you, whether male or female, young or old, whether you simply want to have some fun or are planning to be a future star – everyone is welcome to participate.

Two former international rugby league stars, Scott Prince and Apollo Perelini – who represented Australia and Samoa respectively – will also be on-hand to provide expert tuition for younger fans of the game in a dedicated Daman Kids’ Skills Clinic.

The game of touch is a combination of rugby league, union and basketball, minus the tackles and hard knocks of traditional rugby.  

Touch continues to grow in popularity in the UAE thanks to its social and fitness credentials. 

With an estimated 610 calories burned per hour and covering an approximate distance of more than 3,000 metres per 20-minute fixture, it’s easy to see why more and more people are turning to the sport.

John Larkins of Middle East Touch, said: “The Middle East has really taken to touch. Teams from the region participated in the Touch World Cup in Australia back in April and only last month many attended the European National Championships in the UK. 
“It’s highly inclusive and as a result uptake is growing fast, particularly within schools – more than 40 schools across the region are taking part in touch programmes throughout 2015-2016, which is fantastic news.

“This year’s championships highlights just why touch is such a great, community-driven sport and has so much to offer.”

Larkins believes that skills learnt playing touch are transferable to any other sport you play too, with Larkins encouraging UAE residents to get involved. 

“That’s what makes touch so great because all the skills involved in the game are easily transferable to other sports. And that is why this year we have teamed up with a variety of sports clubs, offering spectators on the day the chance to try their hand at activities such as basketball, netball, football and Jiu Jitsu.”

What: Middle East Touch Championships
When: October 22-23
Where: Al Ghazal Golf Club
Contact: For more information and to register a team, contact [email protected] or visit www.MiddleEastTouchChamps.me

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