When it comes to cricket there’s no better place for youths to learn the game than at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Since opening in 2009, the venue has become the hot-spot for not just the stars of tomorrow but also top international players. The likes of Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar are just some of the players to visit when touring the UAE.
That’s no surprise considering their world-class facilities and top coaching programmes. And with the schools breaking up at the end of the month, ICC Academy have organised their Babyshop Easter camps from March 26 to 30, and April 2 to 6, for children to sharpen their skills and make new friends.
Children aged between 3 to 6 can look forward to learning some of the basic skills including hand-eye co-ordination, balance, agility, catching and batting in the Babyshop Cricket Cubs camp.
For youths aged between 7 to 12, the Warriors camp will see them learn specialist batting techniques, bowling, fielding as well as play interactive and fun games against their peers.
ICC Academy are no strangers to hosting camps with their summer editions proving hugely popular, and this month’s will be no different.
“Since launching our cricket programmes they have been very successful and support players from ages 3 to 18,” said Will Kitchen, general manager at ICC Academy.
“The great thing about cricket is that is has so many different aspects. There are various kinds of bowling variations, fielding positions, batting positions, game formats etc that there’s genuinely something for everyone.”
The Babyshop Cricket Cubs Camp sessions take place from 16:00 to 16:45 with the price costing Dh500. The Warriors camp is held from 09:00 to 12:00 and is priced at Dh900 which includes lunch.
With a few days to go, Kitchen insists there will be plenty of positives for children who sign up.
“There really is no other facility like ICC Academy in the world,” he said.
“The combination of our world-class facilities plus our expert coaches means the learning environment at ICC Academy is incomparable. We want to make sure that children this Easter break have fun but also stay active and this is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and also have a great time.”
To be held at United Pro Sports, Al Quoz, from March 26-30, the new partnership will see children, aged between 7 to 13, look forward to a wide range of activities, including tackling a 7.9m climbing wall and a rope quest course.
If that’s not enough, they can enhance their athletic abilities by playing football, dodgeball, rugby and basketball games.
For United Pro Sports, this month’s event will be the first time they will host a camp for nearly three years and their consultant Manish Kishore insists it will be a memorable time.
“This camp is going to be exciting for all the youths who sign up,” he said.
“The emphasis is on fun which is why it’s called the Funventure.
“This is a unique active adventure camp that will see them do a variety of activities throughout the week, which will keep them active.
“For example, there will be a series of Adventure HQ products such as the 7.9m climbing wall, as well as the six-level rope quest course. There is also a specially designed pump track that will help them improve the skills and abilities on bikes and skateboards.
“In addition, there will by opportunities for them to play football, dodgeball, basketball and rugby games.”
Children will be split into teams, which will change on a daily basis, allowing them to make new friends.
The camp will run from 08:30 to 13:30 and while they will get to enjoy each activity for half an hour, they will be under the guidance of fully-qualified instructors.
Already there’s been a lot of interest and Kishore insists there’s plenty of reasons for parents should enroll their kids.
“This is a camp that will see them do more activities that consists more sports and adventure stuff,” he said.
“It will keep them moving and active all the time and it’s a chance for people to make new friends.
“The brand we want to create is Funventure, which is something we want to build over a period of time and we’re sure it will be a big success. When it’s the summer, we will subsitute some activities with new ones which will add more excitement for the kids who sign up after this.”
Swim, bike and run your way to glory in the third and final race of the 2XU Triathlon Championship season.
Taking place at Mamzar in Dubai on Friday, March 17, the popular event, organised by Super Sports UAE, will bring an end to the race series which kicked off in October last year.
Whether you’re an advanced triathlete who has competed in the previous two races, or a beginner who wants to get their feet wet, there’s still time to enjoy a jam-packed morning of fitness in the calm water of the lagoon and closed-road track.
Various distances are on offer for the age groups. The Junior Super Sprint, for youngsters aged under 13, will feature a 180m swim, 8km cycle and 1.25km run.
The Super Sprint, meanwhile, will be a step up with a 375m swim, 8km cycle and 2.5km run, followed by the Sprint, a 750m swim, 24km cycle and 5km run.
Finally, the longest distance available for competitors, the Olympic, will have a challenging course consisting of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
For those wanting to compete in relays, teams can be made up of two or three different athletes and will involve tagging in team-mates in the transition area following the swim and cycle.
Following the races, a prize-giving ceremony will be held in which first, second and third-place finishers in each age group receive medals.
With this race being the final of the series, overall series winners, determined by the athletes with the most accumulated points per category, will also be awarded trophies and prizes from sponsors.
Register for the event through www.premieronline.com, with entries still open until Tuesday, March 14. Make sure to pick up your race pack from GO Sport in Mall of the Emirates from Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 to 20:00, in the days leading up to the race.
Don’t miss out on the last chance to challenge yourself in all three disciplines as the 2XU Triathlon Championships season comes to an end.