At Zayed Sports City's camp this summer, kids can learn to skate and be as cool as ice

Denzil Pinto 12:14 04/08/2018
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As cool as ice: The camp has attracted big numbers so far

The Zayed Sports City Academy Ice Skating Camp is coming to a close but there’s still time for children to sign up and see for themselves why it’s so highly rated.

The camp runs until August 16 and since it opened at the beginning of July, there has been no shortage of numbers.

With the camp promoting rapid improvement with ZSC’s certified coaches, skaters of all levels aged between five and 12 can learn the importance of co-ordination, balance, endurance and enhance their skating ability through multiple on-ice sessions.

“Our ice camp is more than a decade old and it has undergone some significant improvements since it first started,” said Sigi Meeuws, director of ZSC Academy.

“Since 2016, the camp has operated as ZSC Academy Sports Camp, which has resulted in an even more fun, safe and growth-oriented programme. We maintain the important principles of a low student-to-coach ratio and the Ice Skating Institute of Asia-based curriculum. We have been adding more instruction while refining the complementary off-ice programming. So far this summer we’ve had a full house.”

The camp runs from 09:00 to 14:00 with early drop-off available at 08:00. Price costs Dh840 per week per child, while it’s Dh756 for siblings.

With two more weeks remaining, Meeuws believes there are many reasons on why parents should enroll their children.

“We start free play at 8:00 am to accommodate working families, then move into warm-ups before the first coaching session,” he said. “The children go on the ice three times each day, where they are given formal instruction as well as the opportunity for self-directed practice under the watch of our coaches.

“We’ll also be playing games off of the ice, which are intended to develop a well-rounded skater.”

He added: “Kids need to be active year-round, and with summer holidays and heat, it can be more difficult to find ways to engage the kids with sport. Our ice skating programme with ZSC Academy Sports Camp has the perfect balance of fun and exercise, and every camper gains not only skills on the ice, but also makes new friends and gains confidence that make them want to come back again.”

What: Zayed Sports City Academy Ice Skating Camp

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: Until August 16

Contact: For more information, visit

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