Test your strength and endurance at the Vertical Challenge

Denzil Pinto 23/04/2016
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A Damanding task: Egyptian triathlete Omar Nour (l) will be attending the unique event.

With TrainYas, GoYas, iTrainSaturday, TrainDubai and TrainAlAin proving to be hugely popular, Daman have launched their free TrainZSC to mark their 10th year anniversary.

To be held at Zayed Sports City stadium between 18:00 to 21:00, on Thursday, Abu Dhabi residents will have the opportunity to engage in vertical training by climbing the stadium steps, while also having the chance to walk or run around the track.

And if you miss this week’s session, there will be lot more opportunities to join with the event being held on the last Thursday of every month.

It’s part of Daman’s initiative in promoting a healthy lifestyle and open to people of all abilities – whether you exercise regularly or not. Besides the activities, Daman are also offering free health checks, while there’s a children’s play area as well.

“Daman is 10 years old and to mark this momentous occasion we wanted to give something back to the community,” said Dr Michael Bitzer, CEO at Daman.

“TrainZSC is a remarkable and unprecedented opportunity for residents of Abu Dhabi to get to know a national icon, the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City, through a fitness initiative.

“For the first time in Abu Dhabi we will be able to go inside the stadium and create a step challenge, which is the first of its kind.”

You will get the chance to use the great facilities at Zayed Sports City stadium.

You will get the chance to use the great facilities at Zayed Sports City stadium.

Among those who will be attending is Egyptian triathlete and Daman ActiveLife ambassador, Omar Nour and he added: “I am honoured to be a part of an initiative that encourages the community towards healthier, more active lifestyles. TrainZSC is a great way to start the weekend and end the month on the right foot.”

Zayed Sports City are no strangers to hosting events with football, rugby and tennis matches among the wide range of sports played. And its general manager, Barry Bremner, is delighted to be associated with the event.

“We are excited for our partnership with Daman on TrainZSC as this new programme is perfectly aligned with our mission to continually engage the greater Abu Dhabi community through health and fitness activities,” he said.

“Programmes such as TrainZSC make a direct impact on the health and quality of life for UAE residents and we are proud to be a central player in this movement.”

Registration can be done on the day or in advance by signing up to www.trainzsc.com

What: TrainZSC
Where: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: Every last Thursday of each month between 18:00 and 21:00 beginning this week (April 28)
Contact: For more information, visit www.trainzsc.com

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Going Out: Test your mettle at Gladiators BeachFest

Jay Asser 21/04/2016
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The sports village has free activities like beach volleyball for the public.

**Note: Since going to print the Beachfest has been postponed to a later date. More information will follow when we have it.**

Gladiators BeachFest will hit Dubai’s Kite Beach, located behind Sunset Mall, Friday with a challenging and fun obstacle course.

The event is organised by Corporate Games, who are back with another exciting beach event after the success of the Del Monte Beach Games last year.

Gladiators Challenge have also teamed up with Corporate Games for the imitative with the Dubai Sports Council to promote wellbeing amongst the UAE community.

Everyone is encouraged to come down on the day to give the obstacle course a try.

From climbing to crawling to scaling, the course won’t be a walk in the park. Far from it, actually, with cool elements such as tyre runs, tunnel crawls, wall climbs, a spider web, balance beams, sand bag pick-up, monkey bars and hurdle jumps.

Two unique aspects of the course will have participants testing themselves in the water with sea kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs).

Entry costs Dh50 and each person will get two attempts to record the best time possible to be eligible for prizes.

Kick up a storm: Test your football skills.

Kick up a storm: Test your football skills.

Winners will be awarded across four categories for the top time – men’s, women’s, under 16s and a team classification (average time will be calculated for the number of participants on the team).

The obstacle course won’t be the only thing to enjoy, however.

Yoga will kick-off the day with a morning session at 09:00 with Holistic Dani. Bring your mats and clear your mind before going through the ringer later in the afternoon.

A sports village with free activities will also be open to the public. Try out different sports and pick up a new hobby with offerings from Royal Football Academy, Vapero beach volleyball, Beach Tennis Middle East and Speedminton, along with fitness classes from PACE body coaching and BetterBody4Me.

You can even get involved with pick-up activities such as tug of war, bubble soccer and ultimate Frisbee.

Red Bull has you covered with music throughout the day and some shade in the chill out zones, while Cycle Hub will be exhibiting their FatBikes for riding on the beach.

For more information, check out www.corporate-games.net, email [email protected] or call 04 425 3553.

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Going Out: Silicon 7s football to host thrilling finale

Matt Jones 20/04/2016
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Going for gold: The tournament will see 75 teams compete.

A thrilling finale is anticipated as hoards of budding young footballers descend on Dubai for the third and final instalment of the Silicon 7s this Friday.

The tournament will play host to 75 teams and hundreds of youngsters at GEMS Wellington Academy in Silicon Oasis and is sure to be a net-busting success following the popularity of the two previous Silicon 7s football tournaments played already this season.

The teams will play in six different age groups from Under-6 to U-16 in the tournament, which is at capacity and is set to be one of the biggest one day youth tournaments in UAE’s history.

The tournament, run by ESports Football Club, kicks off at 08:00 and will end at 19:30.

“The Silicon 7s is a mammoth event that is regulated and delivered by the very best in the game when it comes to youth football events,” said EFC director, Terry Kidd.

“The Silicon 7s series is responsible for the integration of not just Dubai but the whole Middle East with teams coming from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and even Bahrain who are representing soccer schools, football clubs, schools and parent-run organisations, with over 75 teams competing in the youth showcase tournament.”

A total of 25 different academies will be present, as well as parent-run teams, with nine EFC teams entered across six different ages groups. Budding young footballers will be competing at U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 age categories.

Ones to watch: Dubai’s best young footballers will be competing this Friday.

Ones to watch: Dubai’s best young footballers will be competing this Friday.

The U-6 and U-8 groups will play between 08:00 and 11:30 (new site); the U-10s will play at the same time at the old site; the U-16s play between 12:00 noon and 16:00 (new site) while the U-14s play between the same times on the old site.

A mammoth U-12s section will play on both old and new sites between 16:00 and 19:30.

All games are seven-a-side, except for the U-6s, who will play five-a-side matches.

Games are 10-12 minutes long with longer matches for the semifinals and finals. There will be trophies and medals available in each age group as well as a player of the tournament for each age group.

Catering will also be available throughout the day courtesy of Freedom Pizza, MELT and PH7.

Tournament manager, Gwyn Williams, added: “Following the great success of the first two editions, the final to the trilogy of the Silicon 7s will be an exciting event. “We are running at full capacity of 75 teams across six age groups.

“The event has proven to be incredibly popular and we are already considering options on how to further grow and expand for the future.”

WHAT: Silicon 7s
WHERE: GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis
WHEN: From 08:00 until 19:30, Friday, April 22
CONTACT: Visit www.esportsfootballclub.com or e-mail [email protected]

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