Their one-day 3×3 Basketball League returns for another edition on August 6 at Dubai Sports World and with 12 teams already signed up, there’s just enough time to join them ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Running from 09:00 to 15:00 at the indoor facility, there are three different categories – men’s, women’s and for the first time mixed.
“We held the same tournament last year and it was a big success,” said Kris Belen, league administrator at Duplays.
“The men’s and women’s tournaments were extremely popular and a lot of people were asking whether we could hold a mixed division.
“We now listened to their feedback and we are happy to have this as part of the tournament.”
Mixed squads must be of five players – two men and three women, with two females on court during the games.
As UAE’s biggest sport and social club with over 5,000 members, Duplays know a thing or two about organising leagues and tournaments across numerous sports.
Their portfolio includes volleyball, football and badminton and it’s no surprise that basketball has been a huge success.
“Basketball is very popular in the UAE and we’ve seen that 3×3 format is equally popular,” said Belen.
“3×3 is a short and fast-paced game with just one basket to aim for.”
Each category will have a maximum of eight teams with the format played in a league and knockout stage.
Players must be 18 and over and entry of each team costs Dh350.With a few days to go until Tuesday’s deadline, Belen insists there’s plenty of positives to signing up.
“Basketball is a fun sport and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve played it or not as it’s open to all abilities,” she said.
“It’s played in Dubai Sports World which is a fantastic venue and has great sporting facilities and it’s an opportunity to still play sport even during the hot months.
“Already 12 teams have signed up but we expect that number to increase so now’s the time to register for what will be a fun day out.
“At Duplays, we always put on a good show and the 3×3 Basketball League will be no different.”
Now in its third edition, the programme has been a big hit for youngsters in the UAE with hundreds of boys and girls flocking to Dubai Sports World so far. And you can see for yourself why it’s highly regarded with the summer academy resuming on July 31 and will continue for four more weeks.
Overseen by former professional Kanoute and his qualified coaching staff, matches, drills, tournaments and penalty shoot-outs are just some of the things that the kids can look forward to.
“We held our first part of the summer academy in June and it was really successful,” said Russ Junior, head coach of the KAFO Academy, which is running the summer camp. “We’ve had a good turnout and it was great to see them play football in an indoor conditioned venue and see them having fun. Although the weather is hot, this is a good opportunity to play football indoors and continue their football development.”
Kanoute knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level, picking up two UEFA Cups and Copa del Reys with Sevilla in a career that saw him play for Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Lyon and China’s Beijing Guoan.
The striker and his team will be passing on that knowledge to the five to 16-year-olds signed up for the camp. Three-hour sessions will run between 13:00 and 16:00, Sunday to Thursdays, with the emphasis of having fun.
“We realise that it’s the summer and it’s a period where people travel overseas. But we are still here for those who still want to play football. They don’t need to be experienced players, newcomers are welcome also as we’ll teach them the basics,” said Junior.
“The most important thing is that children have fun. All the days will consist of different activities.”
Junior insists there’s plenty of positives by signing up.
“Getting active is one of the key elements but it’s also a good opportunity for the kids to make new friends. If parents are looking for a football academy for their children, then they can come and meet the coaches so that when the new term begins in September, they will know exactly what they’re going to get,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter if someone trains at another academy. Everyone is welcome and it’s something that the kids will enjoy.”
Fees for one day are Dh125, while the full five days cost Dh500.
What: KAFO Summer Academy
Where: Dubai Sports World
When: July 31 to August 25, 13:00 to 16:00
Although the mercury is rising outside it’s still business as usual at Zayed Sports City, where you can showcase your bowling talent and try your luck in achieving that all-rewarding strike.
Since opening their doors in 1999, the 40-lane Khalifa Inter- national Bowling Centre in Abu Dhabi has attracted thousands of people all year round.
And with the hot temperatures set to continue, you can see for yourself why the venue is so popu- lar by taking on your friends and family in a game of bowling.
Whether you want to play in the morning or late at night, the centre is open daily from 09:00 to 01:00, with fees starting from Dh15 per game or Dh110 per lane.
While football, basketball and cricket are among the most popular sports in the UAE, bowling has become a firm favourite. That’s no surprise considering the World Championships were held in 2009, 2014 and 2015 as well as the annual Ramadan tournaments.
“Bowling is one of the UAE’s favourite sports, especially since it is one that can be enjoyed by peo- ple of all ages and abilities,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at Zayed Sports City.
“Having recently hosted the World Bowling Championships we have found that there is a renewed appetite and buzz around the sport. New customers are coming to try it and find themselves coming back because our bowling centre is a great facility where they can have fun, be social, and participate in a physical activity.”
Although it’s home to 40 bowling lanes, there are other activities that will keep you entertained during your visit.
“Many people say they are surprised when they enter Khalifa International Bowling Centre, par- ticularly because of how bright and open the facility is,” he said. “The centre has a number of activities other than bowling such as billiards, table tennis and several popular food and beverage outlets, which means that many customers spend a long time within the bowl- ing complex.
“It’s a very relaxed but fun atmosphere. It’s a venue that attracts people from all nationalities, ages and abilities, and to see so many diverse people participating in the same things is definitely special.”
And Bremner insists not only will it be a memorable experience but there are plenty of positives by playing.
“Bowling is a perfect summer activity that allows you to escape the heat and still stay active. It’s very affordable with games at just Dh15 per person, and this rate includes all of the equipment to get you started like shoes, balls and assistive ramps for kids or people with mobility restriction,” he said. “It’s a great place to spend a day, with other fun activities and res- taurants under the same roof.”