The new term in September might seem a long way off but parents can now start enrolling their children for Dubai’s The Butch Harmon School of Golf new development programme.
Their nine-week junior initiative is back for a new term from September 30, giving an opportunity for aspiring golfers between 3 and 15, to learn the basics and enhance their game at Dubai Sports City.
The course is open to all abilities with each player developing their skills in a fun, creative and enjoyable environment under the guidance of a highly-skilled coaching team.
Since it was launched, the programme has gone from strength to strength and delivered positive results.
“Throughout the years the junior programme introduced a huge number of juniors to golf, but also helped a significant number of them climb the ladder and play at the highest level of amateur golf and even compete and win on professional tours as well,” said Jamie McConnell, Senior Professional, Butch Harmon School of Golf.
“Among the many high achievers we have had juniors win amateur tournaments around the world, play for their respective international teams and compete in a number of European tour events both in the UAE and overseas.”
The fees for each course has been revised for the new term with the beginners level for 5-15 years costing Dh1,100 per term, while kids aged 3 and 4, can learn for Dh870 per term.
“Our philosophy is very much based around teaching the kids not only the fundamentals of golf, but also getting them to move in the correct way and utilise other sporting techniques to help them develop their skill and power,” added McConnell.
“This is known as Long Term Athletic Development and to be more specific helps them learn certain skills at certain times, whereby their physiological age will dictate when is best to develop these skills. It can also significantly increase their excitement and enjoyment when it comes to golf.”
Although there are six weeks until the new term gets underway, McConnell insists there’s plenty of reasons why people should join.
“The first is it simply introduces them to the game in a fun and friendly environment. From there we can take each child on their own journey through the many experiences that they will have as part of this wonderful sport.
“As the years pass by they will begin to decide whether they want to take the game more serious and play competitively, or if they wish to make it a more casual pass time. Regardless of what they choose our programme can cater for a clear pathway to both, and our coaches will be there to look after them throughout.”
What: New term
Where: The Butch Harmon Dubai, Dubai Sports City
When: From September 30
Contact: For more information, email [email protected]
Ditch the boring company get-togethers and opt for a unique team-building exercise with Rush-A-Way’s Corporate Challenge, which returns for its third season.
The inter-company competition, which is presented by LivFit By Oman Insurance and held on Saturday, September 22, will test teams with seven challenges across Dubai in a thrilling adventure around the city.
Create your team of three to four members to tackle the challenges, which will test mental and physical fitness, as well as teamwork and quick thinking.
The challenges won’t be revealed until the day of the race, but you can expect something similar to previous editions, which featured stand-up paddle-boarding, go-karting, parkour, archery, calisthenics, escape games and more.
At each challenge, teams will earn points based on how fast they complete the task. Once the challenge is completed, teams will receive the location details for the next challenge through the Rush-A-Way app.
Teams that don’t finish a challenge in the given time will receive a penalty. At the end of the race, the teams with the highest score will earn the title and bragging rights.
Medals, trophies and prizes will be presented to teams who finish in first, second and third place, while an excellence award will be given to the organisation with the most entries to recognise their commitment to employee development. Finally, a best performing company award will be presented to the organisation whose top three teams accumulate the most points in the race.
Only 100 team spots are available for the Corporate Challenge, so make sure to get your squad signed up early before places run out.
Regular registration costs Dh1,196 for teams of four, while last-minute registration, which takes effect from September 1-13, is Dh1,300 for teams of four. Included in the fee are t-shirts branded with your company logo, lunch and entertainment.
All team members must be at least 16 years old and one member must have a driving licence to drive between challenges.
Gather your crew and see if you have what it takes to outwit and outplay the rest in the Corporate Challenge.
What: Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge
Where: Locations across Dubai
When: Saturday, September 22
Contact: Visit www.rushawayuae.com to sign up and for more information
07:45-8:45: T-shirt collection
09:00-09:15: Challenge briefing
09:15: Challenge kick-off
15:00-15:30: Finale and prize distribution
Some people might dismiss synchronised swimming as a bit of fun and not a serious sport – but the opposite is in fact the case.
As SporteX Artistic Swimming proudly state: “Synchronised swimming is swimming, dance and gymnastics, all rolled into one!”
“It is best defined as a series of dance steps performed over and under the surface of water.
“The choreography may look a little cheesy, but it’s loads of fun and one tough workout.
“While it may appear to be nothing but a glamorous sport, with the swimmers all decked up in elaborate makeup, the reality is far from it.
“In fact, synchronized swimming is one of the few sports that require the swimmers to possess a host of skills and different levels of physical fitness.”
SporteX is the best place to learn synchronized swimming in the UAE.
The Artistic Swimming experts have been running now for over six years under the guidance of an Olympic level coach.
The academy has grown steadily to now operate in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi with almost 120 swimmers involved.
“All girls from five years and above, who are water safe, are welcomed to join our academy,” explained co-founder Ahmed Hossam.
“Our aim is to focus on mental and physical preparation for our athletes.”
Although a relatively new sport in the UAE, SporteX have more than 10 different nationalities among their synchronized swimmers, including four Emiratis between 5-13 years old.
SporteX have also managed to register the sport as the 4th UAE swimming federation activity beside swimming, diving and water-polo.
Recently their annual event was held with great success, under the patronage and presence of the UAE Swimming Federation
You can see more about Sportex on Facebook (Sportex Artistic Swimming) or Instagram (sportex_artistic_swimming).
What: Synchronised Swimming classes
Where: SporteX Artistic Swimming
When: Throughout the year
Contact: Ahmed 050 667 2146