Running daily from Sunday, September 11, to Saturday, September 17, it’s a chance for youths to get into the swing of things and enjoy fun activities during their one-hour session.
Aimed for kids between six and 16-years-old, the classes are open to all abilities. After last year’s success, the signs are showing this month’s tutorials will be another big hit.
“We had around 140 kids last year which was great and we are hoping this time around that it will be even bigger and better,” said Steve Johns, head PGA golf professional at ADCGC.
“We have around 80 kids confirmed already but still with a week to go, we’re confident we’ll get between 150-200.”
“The importance of this is that it’s an introduction to golf. That means they will be briefed on the safety aspects first and then start off with the general warm-up exercises. We’ll then move on to how to hold the clubs and then focus on half-swings and full-swings before hitting golf shots. It will still be hot but there will be towels and plenty of water to keep them cool.”
The sessions are part of the club’s vision in promoting sport to youngsters, and those interested in taking their game further can join the youth development programme which begins later this month.
“This is just a taster session to what they might expect when our new junior programme begins. Those interested will get a discounted price and we hope children do enjoy themselves and enroll for the new season,” said Johns.
Classes are held between 17:00 and 18:00 with 25 places available each day. Advance booking is essential and children will be split into groups according to their skill level and guided by qualified professionals.
With a few days to go, Johns insists it’s an opportunity not to be missed.
“We have limited places so it’s a first-come-first-served basis,” he said.
“There are no catches whatsoever. If they don’t’ enjoy it, they can walk away but we back ourselves that they will. We want to get as many youngsters to take up the sport and why charge to do that, when you can do that for free.”
With the temperatures still keeping UAE residents from fully enjoying the outdoors, the mall is a great place to convene during the summer.
Al Wahda Mall, located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, is a one-stop solution for anyone in the capital who is searching for something sporty to do.
Aside from the usual shopping and dining options that come standard with every mall, Al Wahda Mall also caters to sports lovers with their Sports Lounge, which is hosting the Al Wahda Premier League at the moment.
The annual event is a badminton and table tennis tournament held until September 5. Though the action is already under way, spectators can witness some of the best amateur players in the region compete head-to-head for trophies, certificates and gift vouchers worth Dh20,000.
For those who want to get involved, the Sports Lounge, spread across Lobby 1 and Lobby 2 in the basement of the mall’s new extension, offers badminton, table tennis, cricket, billiards and PS4video game consoles to visitors.
It’s a cool way to unwind and release some stress after a day at work, or while enjoying the company of friends or family as you make your way through the mall.
Mohammed Nauman Thakur, general manager at Al Wahda Mall, said: “We at Al Wahda Mall, are always looking at unique initiatives to engage with our visitors and offer them more, every time they visit the mall.
“We look forward to being a onestop shop solution for our visitors, where they are constantly visiting us for more reasons than one.
“The mall promotes a healthy community spirit through the upcoming sports tournament and I am looking forward to see some energy, enthusiasm and sportsmanship in the mall premises.
“Visitors can still enjoy their time shopping at the mall and dining at varied restaurants and at the same time participate in the tournaments by registering themselves or by being mere spectators and boosting on the adrenaline of the players.
“With the Sports Lounge at AWM we focus on both physical and mental well-being of visitors, as both are the prerequisites of great achievements for everyone.”
Check out Al Wahda Mall’s Sports Lounge for yourself and enjoy some competitive action in the capital this Saturday.
Dubai Sports City is set to open its doors to showcase the very best of sport and activities on offer near the perimeter.
Coaches and fitness experts will also be onsite to demonstrate the benefits of leading a healthy and proactive lifestyle, echoing the ethos of Dubai Sports City.
The ICC Academy, located inside Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village, will host the Dubai Sports City 2016 Open Day on Saturday, September 3 between 09:30 and 13:00.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up and try their hand at a wide array of coaching programmes, sports and entertainment facilities, all located within Dubai Sports City.
Facilities include world-class cricket, football and golf academies, as well as the high-quality indoor and outdoor facilities making up the expansive Sports Village campus.
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The family fun-day out is absolutely free to all, allowing parents and children to participate in competitions such as the Speed Gun – how fast can you bowl challenge – the Crazy Catch and Batting Zone.
Guests will also be exposed to food and beverage outlets, community retail outlets and displays from Victory Heights Primary School and Bradenton Preparatory Academy.
The prestigious Els Club will also be highlighting its offering for the next generation of golfers with the internationally renowned Butch Harmon School of Golf presenting children with the chance to get involved.
Dubai Sports City General Manager – Sports Business, Maqbul Dudhia, said: “Yet again we are delighted to be hosting the Dubai Sports City – Season Launch event at the ICC Academy which allows us to showcase the range of fantastic world-class facilities we have on offer here in Dubai Sports City.
“However, our free family-friendly season launch event not only allows participants to try out more sports and activities than ever before, but allows us to demonstrate and emphasise the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, which we believe is a way of life.
“As we know from previous events, the season launch event allows all of our retailers, sports and entertainment venues to demonstrate what they have to offer but it also brings the whole community together. We look forward to welcoming everyone on September 3.”
Held in the fully air-conditioned indoor ICC Academy, coaches from the academy and Spanish Soccer School will make appearances alongside golfing maestros from the Els Club and Butch Harmon School of Golf.
Coaches will be available throughout the day to interact with the children and provide insights and enough information on their favourite sport, before opting their most suited sport. Children who then sign up for an academy with said choice in mind are eligible to receive special discounts and prizes for their registration on the day.
Casting aside introductory “demo” sessions on offer, the new season launch will also take children and parents around the outstanding within the Sports Village campus. These include the likes of tennis, basketball, netball, rugby union, Australian Rules Football, and American football alongside well-established football, golf and cricket facilities.