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EGF equips National Foundation squad

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The National Foundation squad was established less than six months ago and the EGF has seen a great deal of growth from the players not only in interest but fundamental skills.

The EGF has also equipped 11 young Emiratis with Golphin for Kids golf clubs, the latest award-winning junior golf clubs to hit the market.

While working with the European Tour, KHDA, UAE Golf Clubs, and other key stakeholders, the EGF has been able to introduce the game of golf to thousands of Emiratis in the United Arab Emirates.

The 11 kids on the National Foundation squad have gone through a year-and-a-half long process that started in physical education classes within the Dubai school system. Now these kids (and over 50 others) are receiving group and private lesson 3 to 4 times a week powered by Golf DXB at The Track, Meydan.

“The process of creating interest and young golfers will take time, but we have seen a vast improvement of acceptance from the young generation and a tremendous amount of support from local and international partners,” said Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi, EGF Secretary General.

“By providing these kids with the right equipment we hope to give the kids confidence and enjoyment that will make the game more desirable. By making it on the National Foundation Squad we want to show a sense of accomplishment and a responsible to continue training,” he continued.

Golphin for Kids is based out of Scotland, the home of golf, and particularly designs golf clubs for beginners between the ages of 3 to 12. The revolutionary club head is designed to get the ball off the ground making the game more fun and enjoyable. The clubs are also lighter creating a faster swing a making it easier for beginner golfers.

To find more information about Golphin for Kids email [email protected]

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WATCH: Xavi strikes for Al Sadd

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Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi exhibited his enduring class during round eight of the Qatar Stars League, getting on the score sheet as Al Sadd struck two late goals to defeat bitter rivals Al Arabi 3-2 in a typically-spicy Doha derby.

Xavi, 36, and Algeria striker Baghdad Bounedjah (2) struck on Saturday night to finish off Al Arabi, who fought their way back into the game thanks to a brace from former Al Ahli man Luis Jimenez.

The result kept the 13-time champions on the tail of undefeated leaders El Jaish, for whom Uzbekistan winger Sardor Rashidov’s solitary strike downed relegation threatened Al Kharaitiyat.

After two heavy defeats in the top flight, many would have feared for Al Shahania after they conceded two first-half goals against bottom of-the table Al Wakrah.

However, the newly-promoted side grew in confidence and managed to draw level at 2-2 with ten minutes to spare though Algerian forward Mohamed Tiaiba. Shahania will now be targeting a win against lowly Kharaitiyat on Friday.

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Aleissaee inspired at Al-Shaheed Championship

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There was no shortage of numbers at the Al Shaheed Jiu-Jitsu Championship as the stars of tomorrow proved yet again that the UAE has a bright future in the sport.

More than 1,500 Emiratis flocked to the IPIC Arena in Abu Dhabi over the weekend for the annual tournament hosted in honour of those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty while defending the security and stability of the UAE.

In what was an emotional occasion, the youngsters, aged 10 to 17, did not disappoint with the fans treated to some thrilling encounters on the mat.

Among the winners were Saif Sulaiman Aleissaee and Hamed Suhail, who triumphed in the grey 78kg and white 50kg divisions respectively. For Aleissaee, it was a 12th medal in his trophy cabinet and one he looks back with great pride.

“I have been competing in jiujitsu for two years, having seen my brothers take up the sport at school,” said the 14-year-old. “The UAE has a lot of very good people who do jiu-jitsu and having seen Faisal Al Ketbi compete in the tournaments, those performances have really inspired me. I enjoy doing jiu-jitsu because I love sport. The sport is very big in the UAE and for me to win a gold medal is a big honour.”

Suhail was left exhausted after getting the better of Ahmed Al Shamsi in the final but was thrilled to be on the top step of the podium “There wasn’t any hesitation from me to taking part in this competition,” said the 11-year-old. “I love jiu-jitsu and to be part of a memorable tournament is great. No match is easy as all the boys and girls in the UAE are strong and talented. To win a medal is fantastic and I am happy to have made the country proud.”

Abdulrahman Yousef had to settle for bronze in the grey junior 60kg category, with Sultan Wahedi triumphing. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. “A medal is a medal and it feels good to win bronze,” said the 13-year-old Yousef. “This wouldn’t have been possible without my coaching team and family who have supported me every step of the way.”

For Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, vice chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and executive director of school operations at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the weekend tournament is proof the sport is on the right track.

“The turn-out has been outstanding, in line with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s vision of promoting the sport for the younger generation,” he said. “Championships are organised on the weekends so that they can compete, and allows parents to support them. It’s great a lot of kids are embracing this sport and I hope more can take up jiu-jitsu.”

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