Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) pupils were given an int-roduction of how to play the Liverpool way during a coaching clinic run by the English Premier League academy.
More than 25 boys and girls aged 12 and above, undertook one-hour sessions under the guidance of Liverpool International Academy coaches Colin Wilson and Simon Smith.
Besides showcasing their skills and learning which attributes are required to follow in the same footsteps as Kop heros Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, the clinics also consisted of a question and answer session.
“It was a very good day for pupils at Dubai English Speaking College,” said Paul Barratt, co-ordinator of Elite Player Pathway at DESC.
“The children thoroughly enj-oyed it and having trained under the two coaches, they got a feeling what it’s like how the first-team stars train at Liverpool.”
He added: “More importantly they learned how crucial it is to have a strong mentality when it comes to playing football.
“The children are always focused but the coaches emphasised it’s how you play in different match scenarios that make them better.
“Overall, it was a great learning experience for all the children and they asked some good knowledgeable questions and hopefully they can build on from these sessions.”
Brighton College pupils showcased their sporting abilities in the Under-13 British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) Games, res-ulting in some fantastic team and individual performances.
With some of the region’s best British institutes competing, Brighton’s 25-person squad, ranging from 12 to 13-year-olds, travelled to Muscat in confident mood after putting weeks of hard practice for the four-day event. They did not disappoint with a number of highlights.
Competing in netball, football, volleyball and athletics, it was the latter where they enjoyed a number of podium finishes. Kai Smith registered third-place finishes in the 100m (A) and shot-put (A) respectively, while Ellie Jackson was second in the high-jump and shot-put (B) categories.
Success continued with Zoe Lindley-Smith taking silver in the high-jump (A), bronze in 800m (A), before triumphing in the triple-jump (A), while Ruby Farrell achieved third-place in the 800m (B).
Brighton was back on the podium after defeating neighbours British International School Abu Dhabi 12-2 in the netball final.
Along with their fourth-place finish in the football competition, Brighton finished the event seventh out of the twelve teams. Despite missing out on the top-three finish, coach Matt Deegan was impressed by the children’s performances.
“It was really encouraging to see so many children do well,” he said.
“This is by far the most impressive showing I’ve seen at the BSME Games since I’ve been here and we are gradually seeing good progress.”
A number of schools have already registered, with youngsters ready to tackle the challenging new karting series.
ESKC manager David Bright said: “The goal is to establish schools karting as an officially sanctioned extracurricular activity in UAE schools, and the success of the inaugural series will go a long way to achieving this.”
Interested drivers and teams, as well as participants who are already signed up, are invited to attend this weekend’s event, which will enable them to become familiar with the rules and regulations of the ESKC, as well as affording them track time free of charge.
Schools including Cambridge International School, Emirates International School Meadows and Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches have confirmed teams for the schools championship, while Ghost Racing Team were the first to register for the Nomads Challenge.
With the minimum age limit at 12, the ESKC caters for all high school students and promotes teamwork, strategy, commitment, discipline and race craft.