Going Out: Dubai Sports City’s Open Day has the sporting fun factor

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Sporting excellence: Dubai Sports City.

Year after year, Dubai Sports City’s Open Day event asserts itself as the most exciting and engaging event for young sports enthusiasts in the city. 

And this year’s edition on Saturday at Sports Village, promises to be bigger and better than its predecessors, with the number of attendees expected to reach about 2,000 people. 

Held in the fully air-conditioned indoor dome of the Football Zone, home of the FIFA-approved artificial football pitch, the Open Day will be attended by coaches from the Spanish Soccer School, ICC Academy, and Rugby Zone, as well as ones from the Butch Harmon School of Golf.

Learn from the best: Coaches will be available on the day.

Coaches will be available to interact with the children and give them insights on their favourite sport, providing enough information to both kids and parents to encourage signing up for their courses. 

And for kids who do register for their academy of choice will receive special discounts and prizes. 

Particularly unique to this year is the special guest appearance of Australian women’s cricket star Holly Ferling.

The team’s opening bowler will be there from 11.30 to 13.30 to sign autographs for and take pictures with fans and visitors. 

Moreover, female fans both young and adult, will get a chance to participate in a special open coaching session held by Ferling in order to get more of a first-hand feel of the game from a lady’s perspective.

In addition to an introduction to the courses, the Open Day provides kids and parents the chance to tour the world-class facilities on the Sports Village campus.

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These include tennis, basketball, netball, rugby union, Australian Rules Football, and American Football alongside the aforementioned football, cricket and golf.

But the day is not just about sports. As it seeks to provide a fun and exciting atmosphere for everyone, it will also play host to a plethora of fun activities that keep the sporty sprites’ spirits pumped up. These include face painting, a bouncy castle, food and drinks, as well as exciting competitions.

Dubai Sports City general manager – Sports Business Maqbul Dudhia is looking forward to Saturday. 

He said: “This year’s event promises to be like no other before it.

“Dubai Sports City’s Open Day is an exciting event not just for the kids but for us as organisers because we all know we make kids so much happier year after year. This year in particular is set to be the most exciting yet.

Get involved: Kids can take part in activities.

“The event started back in January of 2013, and with each year we’ve felt that it really brings us all together as one community. The buzz and atmosphere of having so many sprightly young boys and girls eager to expand their sports talents with our world-class coaches is always an inspiration for us to want to give more.”

He added: “This year we expect our highest numbers yet, over 2,000 people, and we’re welcoming them with even more exciting activities and events than ever before. Dubai Sports City welcomes you all to join us on Saturday September 5.”

This year’s sponsors include babyshop, Adventure HQ, MoveOne, deVere and MomSouq.com

What: Dubai Sports City, Open Day 
Where: The Dome, Sports Village, Dubai Sports City 
When: Saturday, September 5 from 10:00 to 14:00.
Contact: For more information contact 04 4481555 or email [email protected]

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Dubai Sports Council continues support of The Color Run

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The finish line: The Color Run.

The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has announced the event will once again be supported by Dubai Sports Council in a joint bid to drive healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the UAE.

The two groups will work with organisers to build fitness awareness across the community in the build-up to and during the event.

The ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, is presented by National Health Insurance Company – Daman’s ActiveLife initiative, and provides an untimed, unpressurised and family-friendly exercise environment that aims to combat obesity and excite people about getting fit and active.

Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, presenting partner of the event said: Each year we are seeing an increase in both the number of fitness related events taking place in the UAE, as well as the number of UAE residents who are choosing to take part in them.

"We are pleased to see so many people taking an active involvement in their health and improving their fitness levels by training for events including The Color Run.

“This year marks the third year of The Color Run in Dubai, and we are looking forward to seeing many new and returning faces taking part this year.  Daman is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of this fun and worthwhile fitness event.”

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H.E. Saeed Harib, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, added: “The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has proven to be an extremely popular event in Dubai, attracting more than 20,000 participants since it launched in 2013.

"Both the event and Daman’s ActiveLife share our own aspirations of creating accessible platforms for exercise that will lead to a healthier community and nation.”

Entries are now officially on sale, following a sold-out ‘early bird’ summer promotion that saw thousands book their spot in this year’s event.

Aspiring Color Runners can sign up for the November 21 event at retail partner Adventure HQ’s JBR and Times Square (Dubai), and Dalma Mall (Abu Dhabi) stores.

Entrants will receive their Race Packs in-store, which have undergone a colorful makeover with a new vibrant t-shirt and rainbow headband. Adventure HQ now stocks official The Color Run merchandise including tutus, sunglasses, socks and trucker caps.

Entries are on sale now at www.thecolorrun.ae and Adventure HQ stores and cost AED 160, including the supercharged new Race Packs.

In keeping with The Color Run’s tenet of giving back to the community, $1 from every registration will be donated to Friends of Cancer Patients charity through the Just Giving platform.

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Russia claim World Volleyball gold with 3-1 win over Turkey

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The Russian team celebrate.

Russia captured the men’s Under-23 World Volleyball Championship title to complete their dominant run through the tournament, defeating a worthy Turkey 3-1 in the final at Al Nasr Hall in Dubai on Monday night.

The 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory capped Russia’s unbeaten streak as they finished a perfect 7-0 en-route to being crowned champions.

After edging Turkey 3-2 in the Pool B meeting earlier in the tournament, Russia once again had to earn the win the hard way.

Russia’s driving force behind their gold-medal claim was MVP Egor Kliuka, who had a match-high 20 points, all coming via spike.

Kliuka was part of a devastating front line for Russia, which boasted supreme height and held a 49-46 advantage in spikes and a 14-8 lead in blocks.

“It was a difficult match. We did not play very well today, but we believed in a victory and that helped us win,” said Russia coach Nikolaev Mikhail. “We also had the MVP and he was massive to our victory.”

Despite their size deficiency, Turkey were within striking distance for the majority of the match and came up on the short end of tiebreakers in the first and final set.

Turkey appeared on their way to grabbing the early lead when they held a 23-20 advantage in the opening set, only to give back crucial points – including a service error on set point – for a missed opportunity.

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The narrative flipped in the fourth set, Turkey fighting back from a 23-19 hole to even the score at 24-apiece on the strength of consecutive blocks. That was as good as it got, however, Russia regaining their footing to win in dramatic fashion.

Turkey didn’t help their cause by committing 31 errors, compared to Russia’s 25, the runners-up particularly inconsistent on their service, surrendering points with careless mistakes.

“That is part of a final match,” said Turkey coach Emanuele Zanini.

“Some players want to do more or repeat what they want to do the day before, but it’s a different day and you’re facing a different team.

“We’re also speaking about young players, they don’t have much experience. They’re not advanced at managing pressure.”

Russia now sit atop the U-23 standings after seizing the crown from inaugural winners Brazil and increase their age group tally to 17 titles, with this the first of the year.

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