The Future Sports City Summit is one of the premier events regarding sport in the region and it will take place at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26.
Visitors who attend will be treated to insight and knowledge from some of the leading figures in the UAE sporting industry, from organisations such as Red Bull, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, UAE Rugby Federation, Emirates American Football League, International Cricket Council, UAE Athletic Federation, Zayed Sports City, South Africa Football Development Agency, Bahrain International Circuit and Dubai Sports City.
After the inaugural event last year brought together more than 130 sporting leaders, the second edition aims to build on that success with more than 180 attendees from across the region.
The Summit will serve as a platform for sports event management, security, logistics, vendors for sporting goods, sports wear and accessories, stadia equipment and consultancy, while focusing on key issues revolving around revenue, media, medicine, security, venue and more.
For visitors, the Summit off-ers a unique chance to network, share ideas, discuss, interact and learn from an amazing line-up of speakers, headlined by the likes of Patrice Coutard, fitness coach for the UAE Football Association, Ronan Morgan, general manager of Automobile & Touring Club of UAE, and many more.
“We at MICE Quotient have been working closely with the Dubai Sports Council to develop a conference in Dubai which focuses on subjects and themes that will support the rapidly growing sports market in Dubai, as well as discuss important aspects of this growth such as the legal framework, in governmental cooperation, governance, event management and modernisation of venues and facilities in Dubai,” said Danish Shaikh, executive vice president – government relations and market expansion at MICE Quotient.
“That being said we at MICE Quotient have developed The Future Sports City Summit which will foster the sporting culture and development that goes in to building Dubai as a premier global destination for sports.”
WHAT: Future Sports City Summit
WHERE: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai
WHEN: Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26
CONTACT: Visit www.micequotient.com/future-sport-city-summit
If you’re looking to learn what it takes to become a coach or want to enhance your knowledge, then you may want to consider signing up for the It’s Just Football’s (IJF) Prep Coaching Seminar.
Registration numbers have been encouraging with 16 entries so far, but you can still join them for the event from May 19 to 21 at Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence in Dubai.
Run by Louis Lancaster and Paul Collins, who are Academy and Lead Development coaches with English outfits Watford and Middlesbrough, the club that secured promotion to English Premier League on Saturday, the course will include theory and practical elements such as club philosophies and dealing with people.
IJF, one of the top football academies in the UAE, are no strangers to hosting coaching programmes. Their FA International Foundation Courses have been a huge success since it was first launched in 2014. And their managing director Chris Brown insists this month’s programme will be no different.
“The It’s Just Football’s Prep Coaching Seminar is aimed for those people who are not only looking to make a step in coaching but for coaches to build their knowledge,” he said.
“It will give them an opportunity to have a great insight into how the English coaching education system works as well as how the youth academy system works at two of the most successful academies in England. People will learn the different types of process into what skills are required to succeed in coaching all the way to the top.
“Both Paul Collins and Louis Lancaster are highly respected within the youth game in England and are excellent coaches. These are two guys, who I know really well, that have gone through the whole process and hold top coaching qualifications.”
The course is delivered over three days – Thursday, 18:00 to 22:00, Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 and Saturday 09:00 to 13:00. Registration costs Dh1,500 per person while group discounts are also available.
“It will be three days of great learning for those who sign up,” said Brown. “Coaching is an important aspect in football today and people will be fascinated with what Louis and Paul say.
“It will give them a lot of ideas and a good insight of the pathways in coaching in England. If people are thinking of coaching at the top level one day, perhaps in England, or just interested what is needed, then this is one course worth signing up for.”
WHAT: It’s Just Football’s (IJF) Prep Coaching Seminar
WHERE: Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence, Dubai
WHEN: May 19 to 21
CONTACT: For more information, or to register email [email protected]
Duplays new beach volleyball leagues return later this month and if you want to see why it’s rated so highly, then go ahead and sign up as registration is still open.
Their Wild Sets Season, held every Monday and Wednesday and Spike It Like It’s Hot, played every Tuesday from May 16, will provide thrilling encounters over eight weeks of action at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi in Dubai.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced level player, there’s something for everyone. The Monday and Wednesday leagues are social, while the Tuesday one is competitive.
As the UAE’s biggest sport and social club with over 5,000 members, Duplays know quite a lot about organising tournaments. Their portfolio includes football, netball and badminton, and beach volleyball has proven to be a huge success, given it is one of the more popular sports played in the UAE, thanks to the country’s wonderful coastline on the Arabian Gulf.
“We’ve been running our beach volleyball leagues for several years and without a doubt it’s one of our most popular leagues,” said Gareth Curtis, operations manager at Duplays.
“That is quite amazing because there are close to 400 people playing volleyball on weeknights every week and that is a remarkable number.
“We realise there are players who may have never played the sport, so that’s why we have organised three leagues with different abilities.
“Mondays and Wednesdays is open to people of all abilities and is very social. It focuses more on fun. The Tuesdays competition, the standard of play will be very high and there are players who’ve played this before.”
Each team member must be 21 years and over, and there must be at least one female player on court. Matches will be played between 19:00 and 23:00 every week and entry costs Dh3,500 per team or Dh500 per person.
With a few days to go until it gets underway, Curtis insists there are plenty of positives by signing up for the league.
“Sport is a huge thing for us,” he said. “Not only does it help people to stay fit but it’s a great way to learn new sports like beach volleyball which has proven to be very popular. The matches will be very exciting and the players will have a lot of fun.
“The matches are played outdoors in a fantastic venue and the atmosphere will be great because there will be music playing and the players stay behind to interact with others after the games. It’s a great way to meet new people and be part of our leagues that will only go from strength to strength.”
What: Beach Volleyball Leagues by Duplays
Where: Le Meridien, Mina Seyahi, Dubai
When: Monday to Wednesday, from May 16
Contact: To sign up, visit duplaysdubai.playpass.com