There might still be a few weeks until the schools break up for the summer but budding footballers can still remain active with IFA Sport’s Ramadan Football Camp.
Running from May 20 to June 14 at Dubai Sports World (Dubai World Trade Centre), the camp is open for 4-to-14 year-olds, who will develop and learn new skills under the academy’s qualified coaching staff.
IFA Sport are no strangers to organising summer camps with their previous editions proving hugely popular and this year’s will be no different.
“The Ramadan camps are a great way to keep the kids busy in the quieter months. As we run at indoor venues the heat is also no problem,” said Jess Prelle, marketing manager at IFA Sport.
“We get around 80 kids per day at our camps which are split into age groups and each have a dedicated and highly qualified coach.”
She added: “We run a football curriculum which means that no day is the same and the kids don’t get bored.
“Each day focuses on a different aspect of football with themes such as ‘Stay On The Ball’, ‘Control Possession’, ‘Take Your Chance’ and ‘Win The Ball’. Players then have the chance to test their skills in structured mini-tournaments. Players also undertake a series of Skills Challenges, receiving comprehensive performance reviews at the end of the week. In addition to all the drills, there’s always plenty of match time too.”
Sessions are held from 14:00 to 16:00 between Sundays to Thursdays, costing Dh50 per day.
Although there’s a few weeks to go until it begins, Prelle has urged parents to enroll their children now for what will be a fun-filled camp.
“With over a decade of experience in the region, IFA Sport is the largest grass roots independent sports academy in the UAE with a brand vision to help more kids get more out of sport,” she said.
“IFA Football Camps are designed to give players the opportunity to progressively develop their football skills in a fun and positive environment. During the five-day camps, players will learn about all areas of the game under the tutelage of the vastly experienced UEFA qualified coaching team.
“In Ramadan our hours are 2-4pm which is a great option for the kids to join straight after school whilst parents might still be busy.”
What: IFA Sport Ramadan Football Camp
Where: Dubai Sports World
When: May 20 to June 14, 14:00 to 16:00
Contact: To register, visit https://ifasport.com/camps
If you’ve ever experienced the Dubai summer you know there are only a few weeks left before stepping outside becomes somewhat of a chore.
With that said, we teamed up with Decathlon to gather our camping gear and enjoy the UAE’s great outdoors before having to hibernate for the summer. Camping’s not much fun on your own of course, so we invited some of Dubai’s more popular outdoor social media influencers to join us at Al Aqah beach for a weekend of sporting activities.
Before heading out on our road trip, the day begins with us picking up supplies from Decathlon for our beachside adventure. Surfboards, kayaks, snorkelling gear and volleyball equipment is all loaded up as we’re aiming to make the most of the glorious winter weather, before having to retreat to the safety of air conditioning, away from the summer sun. As you’d expect with a car full of influencers – Ghida Arnaout (@monkyseemonkydo), Samia Kallidis (@skallidis), Luke Morris (@islandofluke), and Charbel Zakhour (@wheresmybackpack) – they have their GoPro’s and drones in hand, as we make the journey from Dubai to Fujairah.
“If I’m staying at the beach I always have my sleeping bag, and a headlamp when I go camping” says avid outdoorsman Charbel Zakhour. “Kayaking and racket beach ball are my favourite things to do when I go camping”.
Upon arrival, the group waste no time setting up the tent and sleeping bags before getting straight into the water sports. The setting couldn’t be better with the Indian Ocean flanking us on one side and the Hajar Mountains on the other. Well into their health and fitness our group of social media stars hike through the mountain range, up sand dunes, and around the winding wadis at the foothill of the mountains. As the sun sets, thoughts inevitably turned to food, which is prepared on a gas stove picked up from the Decathlon store earlier in the morning.
Morris said, “I can’t go camping without my paddle board, and volleyball. Paddle boarding is my favourite thing to do and my favourite camping spot in the UAE is Fujairah. There’s a great beach, mountains and a really chilled out vibe so it’s perfect”.
“I love all kinds of sports and if the beach is involved it’s perfect. Camping in Dubai is perfect because it’s secluded and you can see the stars at night”, added Samia Kallidis
You can watch the video from the Decathlon camping experience on the @Sport360 Instagram page.
What: Camping at Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah
Where: Decathlon, Ibn Battuta Mall, 04 557 7308 and City Centre Mirdif Mall, 04 283 9392
Ramadan might well be a month away, but cricketers in the UAE can still play the game and vie for glory during the holy month at Al Ain Cricket Club’s Ramadan T20 Cup.
To run from May 15 to June 13 at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, the competition is already attracting a lot of interest and with registration closing on May 4, there’s still time to sign up.
It will be the second consecutive year Al Ain Cricket Club will be hosting the event and Umar Afzal Pasha, cricket operations manager, believes next month’s will be a big success.
“We have witnessed the tremendous growth of the competitive teams visiting our club and this is the second Ramadan tournament from the inception of Al Ain Cricket Club,” he said.
“During Ramadan, with the match held at night, it attracts many people who come and watch the matches, while some bring their Iftar.
“The teams who are playing bring a lot of supporters and that creates a really vibrant atmosphere for those who are playing the matches as well as the spectators.”
He added: “By hosting the Ramadan T20 Cup, we want to try and maximise individual and group participation regardless of their ability. There will be a lot of health benefits for the community which improves endurance, stamina, physical fitness and also helps with social interaction.”
Matches will be played on an astro-synthetic pitch with a league format. Each side is guaranteed three matches with entry costing Dh3,000 per side. For the champions, besides lifting the trophy, they will also win Dh6,000 while runners-up will get Dh3,000. There are also personal accolades for the Best Bowler, Best Batsman, Man of the Series and Man of the Match.
Players must be 16 and over and Pasha believes there are plenty of positives for teams to sign up.
“The climate in Al Ain is cooler compared to other emirates while Al Ain is known for being a lush green city,” he said.
“Our club has best cricket wickets for games and practice nets, floodlights to play night matches, while there are restaurants for Iftar and Suhoor, masjid as well as a kids play area.”
What: Ramadan T20 Cup, Al Ain Cricket Club
Where: Al Ain Equestrian and Golf Club
When: May 15 to June 13
Contact: For more information or to register, email [email protected]