Dubai Sports City launch summer sports initiative

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Dubai Sports City boasts the ICC Academy and the Football Dome.

Dubai Sports City has launched a sport participation initiative to make sure the population of Dubai stay active during the high-temperatures of the summer months in the UAE.

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The venue regularlyl hosts Premier League, international cricket and rugby teams, who make full use of the multi-purpose sporting community.

“The summer months makeoutdoor sport activities difficult," Maqbul Dudhia, GM of Sports and Events Business said. "We want to make sure Sports Village is providing everyone with a great place to play sport, be with their friends and continue being active.”

Michel Salgado, the former Real Madrid player who is now Director of Football at Dubai Sports City explains how the initiative will keep Dubai active over summer.

Michel Salgado is Director of Football at Dubai Sports City.

“This is an incredible environment to play sport,” Salgado said. “The Football Dome is such a good place, and then you have everything else in Sports Village around you like the ICC Academy and places for the whole family to relax.

Activities will include football and cricket tournaments, as well as summer multi-sport camps and the opportunity to rent out the Football Dome and facilities at the ICC Academy.

“I have never been to a facility like this,” said Australia’s World Cup winning coach, Darren Lehmann. “It’s fantastic and there are no complaints from us.”

For full details of Dubai Sports City’s summer activities happening within Sports Village go to the following website.

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Thriving E-Sports Academy honours its star athletes

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Clubmen: Alex Hupe, Ahmed El Tounsey and Jay Baisley.

Promising footballers from E-Sports Academy were recognised for their achievements with a glittering ceremony in Dubai.

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More than 300 people including the youngsters and their parents descended on the GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis to celebrate a successful season.

Awards were given to each squad member in six different age groups – U6, U8, U10, U12 Junior, U12 Senior and Youth, while some players received accolades after nominations from coaches and their team-mates.

Among the winners on the night were Jay Baisley (11), Ahmed El Tounsey (13) and Alex Hupe (15), who each received the top award – ‘Club Man of the Year’.

The trio were chosen after showing great initiative with their commitment, dedication and leadership.

Terry Kidd, academy director, said: “We couldn’t separate one from the three and we decided to give the award to all three. They all showed fantastic individual characteristics and strength throughout this season. 

“To be chosen for this award is like being an icon for our club and they’ve shown their peers what every footballer should be.”

Mohammad Taha was awarded with the ‘Goal of the Season’ accolade, who received his prize from UAE FA technical director, Dr Malouche.

Kidd added: “For us it was our chance to thank our players  for their commitment, loyalty and performance throughout the year.”

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Trent Hodkinson's accurate kicking saw New South Wales to victory.

New South Wales took Australia’s State of Origin rugby league series to a decider with a 26-18 win over Queensland.

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The Blues took a big step towards keeping the trophy they took off Queensland last year with a big-hearted effort before a record Origin crowd of 91,513 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

NSW scored four tries to three, with scrum-half Trent Hodkinson kicking five goals, after leading 14-10 at half-time. The series goes to Brisbane’s Lang Park for the decider on July 8.

There were frequent skirmishes in a typically fierce encounter between the two protagonists, with NSW getting the edge after a bulldozing try by prop Aaron Woods midway through the second half.

The game turned on a couple of controversial decisions, with NSW having a try by Mitchell Pearce recalled for a line-ball forward pass. 

Minutes later Greg Inglis raced away for a 90-metre try for Queensland, only to have it disallowed by the video referee for fractional knock-on back down the field.

Queensland won the opening game 11-10 in Sydney last month thanks to a Cooper Cronk drop goal with six minutes left, after the Blues had led 10-6 at halftime.

NSW again led at half-time but the difference this time was the control of their halves Hodkinson and Pearce in the final stages to protect their team’s lead.

Skipper Paul Gallen, who played an influential role in NSW’s breakthrough 2014 series win after eight years of Queensland Origin domination, returned after injury but needed painkilling needles for a rib cartilage injury to see out the game.

“We stuck to our plan, we hung in and scored some good tries,” Gallen said. “Nate Myles got me early in the back and I felt something pop, so we got it needled up and I lasted the game and I’ll see how I pull up tomorrow.”

Queensland stand-off Jonathan Thurston said he was looking forward to getting back to Brisbane for the home series decider. Thurston said it would have been good to have wrapped up the series Wednesday. “But full credit to the Blues, they were just too good for us tonight.”

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