Dubai’s leading basketball academy Prestige Star Sport Academy (PSSA) is giving people of all ages the chance to stay active and escape the summer heat this month by offering free basketball courts every Thursday until the end of August.
Passionate players can gather their friends for some healthy competition and take advantage of the PSSA court at Dubai Sports World free of charge, as well as have the opportunity to brush up their technical skills with a PSSA coach who will be on site every Thursday.
“With temperatures souring throughout August in the UAE, we know that people struggle with fatigue and find it hard to stay active during the summer months,” said founder of PSSA, Dejan Kamenjasevic.
“We wanted to give people an incentive to gather their friends and have some fun playing basketball at the PSSA court at Dubai Sports World.
“We’re also offering a coach as part of the deal so it is the perfect time for people to brush up on their basketball skill and take part in some friendly competitions.”
Operating in over 30 locations throughout the UAE, PSSA offers high level coaching services and specialises in nurturing sporting talent.
Based in Dubai, PSSA was formed in April 2017 with the mission to harness the love and passion for basketball in the UAE to empower an all-inclusive concept of a unified and cohesive UAE society, rather than just UAE nationals ultimately driving and shaping the sport’s development in the country and beyond.
PSSA is a unique association of dedicated FIBA certified coaches and ex-professional players, business specialists, and recreational enthusiasts, alongside aspiring professionals across the age, ethnic and economic spectrums.
At PSSA, business affects positive social changes, dreams are born and encouraged, talents are discovered and ambitions are realised.
This is where sport breaks down barriers, brings people together and betters the lives of communities – through the love and passion for basketball.
WHAT: Free basketball courts from Prestige Star Sport Academy
WHEN: Every Thursday in August
WHERE: Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre
CONTACT: Sheryl at [email protected] or call 056 415 3505
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