The school holidays might well be underway but there’s still time for parents to enroll their children at Zayed Sports City (ZSC) Kids Holiday Camp.
Running until Thursday, April 5, it’s the perfect opportunity for the little ones aged between 5-12 to keep busy with ice skating, bowling, arts and crafts, outdoor group games and tennis being just some of the activities they can look forward to.
ZSC are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their summer and Christmas editions proving hugely popular. Tony Kouris, general manager of Zayed Sports City, believes their on-going camp will be no different.
“The Zayed Sports City Kids Holiday Camp is growing each season and this is the biggest compliment we could expect to receive,” he said. “Our team puts in year-round efforts to find ways to improve the programming, to engage the kids better, and to ensure that they make memories lasting a lifetime each week. The feedback that we get is positive and we are open to suggestions, which is why we continue to have great success.”
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He added: “The camp day starts with some free play while everyone arrives, with options like races, board games, and a reading corner before groups head off to their activities. Ice skating and bowling are the most popular, so we work these into the schedule as much as we can. There are also arts and crafts projects, painting, team-building challenges, tennis lessons with our ZSC Academy coaches, football, obstacle courses and more. Each group will participate in our water-based paintball game Wet ‘N Wild, and we’ve added in a nutrition session with Simple Café this session. There is really too much to list everything, and all of it is guaranteed to be engaging.”
Registration costs Dh1,050 per week, while it’s Dh945 a week for siblings.
With the camp still on-going, Kouris believes there’s plenty of reasons as to why parents should get their children registered.
“Zayed Sports City has worked very hard to ensure that our programming delivers high standards for our participants and their families, and ZSC Kids Holiday Camp fits the needs of parents in many ways,” he said. “We are the first and only camp that has more than nine hours of programming included in the price, and family discounts are available too. Not only is the cost and schedule a great value, but the kids have their physical, social, and psychological needs met daily, making new friends, trying new things and getting active. Overall it is a well-rounded experience for everyone and we are really proud to be putting it on every school break.”
What: ZSC Kids Holiday Camp
Where: Zayed Sports City
When: Now until April 5
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae
If you’re looking for something where you’ll be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course, then look no further than the Wadi Adventure Race (WAR).
It might be a long way away with it returning on Saturday, April 21 at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain, but you can start your preparation now for what has become a very popular event since it was launched in 2012.
For those who enter, they can expect to tackle a course that will see them crawl, jump, climb and swim their way through various obstacles.
And whatever your ability, there are three categories to choose from. The event has three courses – 5k, 10k and 15k distances, depending on your fitness. The 5k is divided into three categories – ‘Above Average Fitness’, ‘Average Fitness’ and ‘Just For Fun’, while the 10k has the same as well as the ‘Extremely Fit’ category.
For those who want to test themselves further, there is the 15k ‘The ‘Average Fitness’ section, while there is Elite distances in 5km, 10km and 15km.
“The Wadi Adventure Race series began in November 2012 with 75 participants and a handful of spectators,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure.
“Since then, each subsequent event has seen a massive spike in interest and popularity from runners, spectators and sponsors alike; with a whopping 900 participants taking part in WAR 6; which then became a standard participant number for the series that followed. The obstacle numbers has also increased from 20 to around 40 military styled obstacles.”
And John insists competitors can look forward to a unique experience.
“The race has maintained its unique element given the terrain,” he said. “The race incorporates deserts, mountains, valleys, farm lands and Wadi Adventure park activities making it the best one of its kind in the Middle East.”
To help you achieve the best possible result, there will be warm-up sessions prior to the event along with a sponsors’ village, featuring food and beverage outlets.
What: Wadi Adventure Race
Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
When: Saturday, April 21
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.premieronline.com.
Footballers now have a new place to have a kickabout in the capital with Abu Dhabi Cricket’s brand new five-a-side football pitches.
The eight astroturf and floodlit pitches were opened last week next to Zayed Cricket Stadium as part of ADC’s vision in promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents.
They are just the latest in a series of improved facilities which includes two new FIFA-approved floodlit grass football pitches, 40 per cent expansion of the Zayed Cricket Academy and LED floodlighting on the facilities cricket ovals, increasing community cricket capacity by 30 per cent.
These exciting new developments will be open to friends and families, bringing together Abu Dhabi’s wider public and allowing them to get fit in a fun and exciting environment at an affordable price.
In a bid to get as many people involved ADC will also stage several five-a-side tournaments for women, men, boys and girls.
Aref Al Awani, general secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are thrilled to build new world-class facilities in Abu Dhabi with a view to increasing sports participation here in the emirate.
“Projects such as these are key to ensuring that the entire Abu Dhabi community is able to participate in year-round sports offerings.”
The pitches will be open daily from 09:00 until 23:00 with an hour slot costing Dh300.
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With football booming in the UAE, the opening of the new facility is welcomed by Houriya Al Taheri, head coach of the UAE women’s side.
“”It is fantastic to have access to these new facilities in Abu Dhabi – the 5-a-side courts will nicely compliment the training sessions we intend to hold on the FIFA standard pitches,” said Al Taheri.
“It’s a really exciting time, even more so now that our ladies will not only have access to these world-class facilities but that they’ll be able to train whenever they wish.
“So we’re grateful for the support that both Abu Dhabi Cricket and Abu Dhabi Sports Council have shown to women’s football.”
Matthew Boucher, CEO of ADC, added: “Initiatives such as these will remain a priority for Abu Dhabi Cricket and will continue to form part of our long-term strategy as we target audiences from outside of our core cricketing fan base.
“Being a multi-sport facility will enable us to become one of the premier community hubs in Abu Dhabi.”
What: Five-a-side football
Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket, next to Zayed Cricket Stadium
Contact: For more information, email [email protected]