The second edition of the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup is shaping up to be another fantastic festival of football, with spaces for teams looking to take part running out fast.
Demand has been high, with teams of youngsters from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sri Lanka, and Bahrain already signed up.
Following a successful debut tournament earlier this year, the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup will return to the capital on March 23-24, 2018.
Teams who sign up to take part in the Cup compete for the top prize of a trip to the Etihad Campus in Manchester, where the youngsters will train and play at the City Football Academy, the state-of-the-art facility used by Manchester City’s men’s and women’s teams.
Away from the pitch, the City Village will provide live entertainment, food and drinks, plus activities for the whole family.
Simon Hewitt, City Football Schools Abu Dhabi project manager, said: “There has been such a huge amount of interest in the second edition of the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup. The event is shaping up to be an even bigger and better tournament.
“Spaces are limited, so we would encourage any teams that are interested in competing against players from all over the world to sign up as soon as possible. As a Club, we are committed to the development of youth football in this region and beyond. The Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup is an essential part of that objective and we want to encourage as many teams from across the GCC and the wider world to come together and test their football skills.”
To make the tournament appealing to even more young players, the 2018 edition will feature a new under 8s category alongside the under 14s, under 12s, and under 10s. There will also be an opportunity to enter a week-long training camp prior to the tournament kicking off.
For further information, and to register your club to take part in the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2018 please visit: www.citycupabudhabi.com.
Fatima Al Ali discovered ice hockey when she watched the ‘Mighty Ducks’ movies as a youngster and it wasn’t until she was 21-years-old that she realised the sport was actually practiced in the UAE.
Starting off as the photographer for the UAE men’s ice hockey national team photographer, Al Ali joined the Abu Dhabi Storms in 2011 and has been playing since then.
A few years later, she joined the men’s league.
“What got me into the men’s league is that I took a punch in the face while officiating one of the games,” she explains in the video above (provided by Abu Dhabi Sports Council).
“I wanted to play with the men’s for a long time but it didn’t work out because I’m a girl, I’m local, so they had a lot of concerns. So I was working hard to just improve myself to get better so they can accept that I can play, I can compete, I can keep up. That wasn’t enough, so I think the punch was enough to prove to them that I can play with them.”
Al Ali drew international attention in December last year when she was chosen to be a global ambassador for the NHL and she hopes to promote the sport in the UAE, and get more women playing it.
“It’s not easy to get players into the game, because it’s kind of a different game, but it’s more acceptable than other games because we’re covered from top to bottom,” added the 27-year-old.
There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.
The festive season is approaching and while many have holiday plans in store, there’s still plenty of sport to enjoy in the Emirates.
Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?
Here’s our run-down of some of this week’s sporting events:
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Monday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 20
The final round of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship takes place on Khalid Lagoon near Sharjah on Monday.
Heading into the penultimate round, the most coveted titles in international jet ski are up for grabs with 60 riders from 25 countries expected to take part.
Rashed Al Tayer, Homod Almuduyan, and Rashid Al Mulla of the UAE are in contention to clinch trophies, and face a hectic schedule of two practice sessions, qualifying and three Motos over three days.
VENUE: Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah
Thursday, December 21
The fourth race of the season gets underway at Meydan this week as local and regional racers battle it out for spots in premiere races like the Dubai World Cup carnival and ultimately the season-ending Dubai World Cup in March 2018.
The first race at the venue is expected to be a highly competitive meet and the action begins at 6.30pm.
General admission is AED 50 at the venue while there are hospitality options to sit in Meydan’s new Grandstand.
VENUE: Meydan Racecourse
MORE INFO: Meydan Racing
Friday, December 22
Here’s your chance to swap the office for the race track as the Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run returns to the Corniche.
Whether you’re someone who regularly exercises or not, the race provides something for everyone.
Runners can choose from 5k, 10k and half marathon distance.
The race will start and finish at East Plaza and will be a looped 5km course on the closed road between Al Bateen and Airport Road.
VENUE: Abu Dhabi Corniche
MORE INFO: Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run
Friday, December 22
The second race of the six-race series will be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex this Friday, bringing athletes of different disciplines onto the same playing field.
Whether you’re a cyclist, duathlete or triathlete, the race is suited to your abilities with a run/bike/run format.
Competitors can take part in either teams of two or solo and you can be in as many of the events as you want.
VENUE: Hamdan Sports Complex
TIMES: From 7:00am
MORE INFO: Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run
Saturday, December 23
There will be thousands of people in the UAE crowding around screens this Saturday as fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona watch their sides in action in El Clasico.
The two rivals look set to battle it out again for the La Liga title this season, with Barca making the stronger start under new boss Ernesto Valverde.
The Catalan giants hold an eight point lead over Zinedine Zidane’s side after 15 games.
Can Los Blancos – fresh off the back of their Club World Cup win in Abu Dhabi – continue their strong form at the Bernabeu?
VENUE: Real Madrid Cafe, JBR and Seville’s Restaurant, Wafi.