New ESM Academies open doors for the UAE's stars of tomorrow

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Established: The popular ESM cricket academy

East Sports Management (ESM), established in 2004, had a goal of bringing top quality sports coaching to the youth of the Middle East using premium sports facilities. Fourteen years later it now delivers coaching to over 10,000 children a week across 200 facilities.

This year, as well as continuing the growth of the football and cricket academies, ESM has also launched state-of-the-art rugby and basketball academies. ESM are also introducing multiple ‘Center of Excellence’ hubs for sports, which will provide academy players and children from surrounding schools the opportunity to train at some of best sporting facilities in Dubai.

The ESM Rugby Academy has two venues – GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis and The Sevens Stadium both designed to introduce and enhance rugby union skills for youngsters aged between 4-19. The program is powered by the Dubai Exiles RFC coaching team, which has a proven track record of developing young players.

At the new ESM Basketball Academy, coaches train players by focusing specifically on technique, skill, strength and conditioning. The program is designed to develop the complete player and also offers overseas basketball opportunities and scholarship programs, open to children between 4–15 years old. Venues include GEMS Metropole Motor City, GEMS United School Sports City and GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa.

The academies join the already established football and cricket schools, which have proved very successful. ESM Football Academy, which opened 14 years ago, was the first private football organisation to have been granted club status, which is officially recognised by the UAE Football Association (UAE FA). ESM Football Academy now has over 600 boys and girls playing each week, across six development centers.

Now in its third year, ESM Cricket Academy combines sports development and practical cricket skills providing fast development for children between aged between 3-6. Kids are introduced to fun and engaging practices that teach them the basic skills to play cricket in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Young cricketers between 7-15 years old develop skills using the latest technology at facilities. Whether it’s a bowling session with PitchVision or a BOLA Bowling Machine batting session with video analysis, every player will have access to the best training tools.

For availability and prices visit esmacademies.ae.

What: ESM Academies
Where: Various locations throughout Dubai
When: Open now
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The Corporate Games returns as firms prepare to get down to business

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Take your pick: A huge range of sports are park of the Corporate Games

Since 2012 the UAE Corporate Games has been bringing people together using sport to build morale, fitness, and business relationships. The Corporate Games allows companies to support their employees’ pursuit of a healthier and more active lifestyle. The 2018 edition is bigger than ever with 19 sports and over 2,500 participants from over 100 companies taking part.

Dr. Maureen Johnston, the Founder of the World Masters Games came up with the idea of the World Corporate Games back in 1985. The first Corporate Games event was held in San Francisco in 1988 and the Corporate Games Organisation was born, a company dedicated to bringing global sport competition within the reach of everyone.

There was a gap in the Abu Dhabi marketplace for a mass-participation sporting event that would engage the business community. Now in it’s fifth year the UAE Corporate Games, Abu Dhabi Edition is a 2-day multi-sport festival, which has grown bigger than ever.

Game on: The UAE Corporate Games returns this year

Game on: The UAE Corporate Games returns this year

The games are separated into men’s, women’s and mixed events with football, cricket tennis, squash, badminton, netball, dodgeball and touch rugby just some of the sports available. The games will be taking place at four venues across Abu Dhabi – the Al Forsan Sports Resort, Paris Sorbonne, Zayed Cricket stadium and Yas Links Golf Club.

The primary objective is to bring people of all ages, religions, employment level, social status, and level of sport skill from all sectors (corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational etc.) to unite through sport, improve fitness, build rapport among colleagues, instill respect and understanding among cultures and facilitate new business relationships. As well as the sports, there are other events within the festival including the opening ceremony, medal presentations, after party, as well as a busy Games Village with ongoing entertainment for participants and the public all weekend long.

Teams must register their players, and the events they wish to take part in before 15thOctober. For more information visit www.corporate-games.net

What:UAE Corporate Games 2018
Where:Abu Dhabi – 4 venues
When:9-10 November 2018
Contact:www.corporate-games.net

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Registration still open for children to sign up for Spanish Soccer Schools' new term

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Ready for new season: Michel Salgado

Spanish Soccer Schools have kicked off their sixth season and parents can enroll their children to the highly-popular programme.

The School has established themselves as one of the leading football academies in the UAE and it’s easy why it attracts big numbers every year.

Overseen by former Real Madrid and Spain defender Michel Salgado and his experienced team, aspiring footballers can see for themselves why it’s highly rated.

Training at the state-of-the-art football facilities at Dubai Sports City, they follow the same philosophy and training methods used by Spain that saw their national team win the Euro 2008 and 2012 titles as well as the 2010 World Cup.

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Their holistic philosophy ensures that children’s all-round development needs are met through sport. As well as learning the basic skills like passing, shooting and defending, the School also emphasises on the importance of sporting values, team spirit and togetherness – skills that will be crucial in everyday life.

Term one has already just begin but having overseen the programmes, Salgado insists there are plenty of positives on why parents should sign up their children.

“We are going into our sixth season of Spanish Soccer Schools and it’s been great to see it progress,” said Salgado, who is the director of Spanish Soccer Schools Dubai.

“We’ve been working hard and successfully developing kids step by step. The Spanish Soccer Schools are my passion and I’m looking forward to working with the young players this term.”

Children can look forward to playing in a fully air-conditioned indoor dome with a natural grass pitch as well as an outdoor pitch with artificial grass.

Days and times vary on each age group with the price costing Dh2,000 per week per team. Term One runs until December 14 while the second begins in January and will run until May.

Given the location, parents can also visit Kickers Bar and Champs café while they kids learn and play the game during their classes.

What: Spanish Soccer Schools

Where: Dubai Sports City

When: On-going

Contact: For more information, visit www.spanishsoccerschool.com

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