Working parents seeking the chance to keep their children engaged and active throughout the UAE summer can check out the various summer camps at Dubai Sports World (DSW), the region’s largest indoor summer sports venue located at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
One of the multiple sports academies on site – Just Play Sports Camp – is offering a full day summer camp on weekdays with drop off at 8am and pick up at 5pm.
The camp, a new addition to DSW this year, features a daily line-up of fun-filled activities tailored to the younger audience, while also offering a supervised setting by qualified coaches who ensure a safe environment for everyone.
Children of various ages can enjoy fun games and sports challenges like trampolining, football, gymnastics, volleyball, table tennis, dodgeball, yoga, tag rugby, dance and more. Each participant can also take on the all-new Ninja Warrior assault course.
“Dubai Sports World has given us the opportunity to showcase our amazing activities to the region, and meet thousands of new customers,” said Anouar Idrissi, the chief executive of Just Play Sports Academy LLC.
“Just Play has grown from a single indoor soccer pitch operating under the name of FC Dubai, to offering sporting experiences for the whole family – all within five years of hard work. We are delighted to be bringing our FC Dubai community with us to DSW, including the 550 children we welcome every week to our football academies. This experience has helped us to launch with DSW the inaugural Just Play multisport holiday camp. I’m sure children of all ages will love the camp and the experience of being at DSW this summer.”
Full day and half-day summer camp options are available, with prices starting at AED 195 for one day, AED 525 for three days and AED 745 for five days. A 10 percent discount for siblings is also available.
DSW 2017 is also offering a selection of camps and activities for kids throughout the summer. IGNITE Kids has teamed up with Haka Rugby Global (HRG) to bring an amazing, world-famous experience to the UAE for the first time.
Boys and girls aged 6-18 can join Haka Rugby Camp from July 30th to August 3rd at DSW to learn the culture and tradition surrounding this ceremonial performance, while being coached by professional rugby players and former stars of the mighty New Zealand All Blacks.
Tennis 360 is offering various training camps for kids and classes are divided into three age categories: Kindy Smashers is for children aged 3-5, Mini Smashers is for children ages 5 to 8, and Hot Shots is for ages 9-12.
Kids can also enjoy learning professional wrestling. Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy, the first and only pro-wrestling academy in the UAE has returned to DSW, offering youth the chance to learn pro wrestling in a fun and safe environment. Classes are open for children age 5 and older.
G Force Cricket Academy is back with an exciting schedule of professional coaching clinics and training. Former West Indies Captain, Jimmy Adams, will serve as ambassador this year along with other visiting celebrities who will offer tips, tricks and lessons to improve bowling action and batting technique, as well as help players aged between 7 to 14.
Football summer camps are also available with the International Football Academy (IFA) being open for youth, aged 4 to 16. Running from 22nd June to 27th August, the summer camps are open to boys and girls of all abilities and take place every Sunday until Thursday. Half-day single rates are AED 125 per day or AED 500 for a full week of half-day sessions. Full day rates are AED 200 per day or AED 750 for the week.
In addition, Juventus Academy Dubai offer programmes for boys and girls aged between 4 and 17. Rates start at AED 600 per month for a single weekly session. Two weekly sessions are priced at AED 800, and three times a week for AED 1,000.
For more information or to enroll in summer camps, log on to www.dubaisportsworld.ae. Fans can also follow and interact with Dubai Sports World on a variety of social media platforms including:
Top officials of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE admit having good attendances in the early round will be a challenge but are confident of a high turn-out throughout the tournament.
Abu Dhabi will host the global elite club event from December 6 to 16, featuring seven teams including six continental champions. Real Madrid, winners of the UEFA Champions League, will be the headline act.
Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira are also set to feature in the play-off against New Zealand’s Auckland City – although their place could be taken if Al Ain win the AFC Champions League title in November.
It will be the third time that the UAE will host the tournament after the 2009 and 2010 editions. In those two years, the lone play-off and two quarter-finals attracted a total attendance of 31,705 (2009) and 72,480 (2010).
For Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the Higher LOC, he admits more could have been done seven years ago and insisted they’ve learnt from those experiences by acting more swiftly this time round.
“The only setback we had is that in those two years was that we didn’t do enough planning for the beginning of the tournament but then the people came in the semi-finals and final in big numbers,” he said, during the unveiling of the official mascot – a gazelle nicknamed ‘Dhabi’ at Yas Mall.
“This year we are hoping to fill the stadiums from the first match and that’s the challenge but occasions like these (fan zones etc) and meeting people face-to-face, will create awareness among the whole society.
“We are currently engaging with the society. There will be a variety of Fan Zones and a lot of billboards around the country in shopping malls and the streets and we hope it will inspire the people.”
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Aref Al Awani, tournament director, echoed Al Romaithi’s view. He added: “Our main objective is to ensure that there’s good attendances in all the stadiums. We started our marketing campaign early and so far more than 10,000 tickets have been sold in two weeks.”
With beIN Sports, which has broadcasted previous editions, not available in the UAE since diplomatic ties were cut, Al Romaithi is hopeful there will be a solution.
“We would love everyone living in this country to watch the games on TV but this matter is not in my hands,” he said.
Jamie Greene has rocked the fitness world with her meteoric rise to the top of the CrossFit field.
Hailing from Dunedin in New Zealand, Greene – with a background in gymnastics and rugby – first burst on to the crossfit scene when she competed as an Individual at the 2014 Australia Regional.
She moved to Abu Dhabi nearly three years ago to work as a coach with CrossFit Yas and has continued to develop her passion for the sport in the capital.
The 24-year-old placed third overall with her team CrossFit Yas at the 2016 Reebok Crossfit games and she hopes to follow in a similar path in this year’s CrossFit games after qualifying from the CrossFit Regionals Women Individuals in Madrid recently.
As preparations continues to step up ahead of the Games in Wisconsin on August 3, Greene has split her training efficiently to prepare for one of the most gruelling fitness battles in the world.
“I’m still doing crossfit stuff like gymnastics and lifting, but there’s a lot more running and strongman stuff in my training at the moment too,” she said.
“You’ve got swimming, biking and running, but in the (CrossFit) Games you do more so that’s the reason why we need to do more cardio.”
“I’m aiming for a top 10 finish there. The first few days is normally more triathlon sort of things. The plan is to get into the top heat and hang around there for the weekend.”
Commenting on what she enjoys the most about the sport, she said: “I enjoy the variation of it, you can go in all different paths, you can work out with people or if nobody is around you can do your own thing.”
“There’s no limit on it, you can running, swimming, carry things, they can all be considered crossfit so you’ve got a lot of variety of things you can do if you get bored.”
CrossFit continues to grow in the UAE with many people getting involved to keep fit away from the busy endeavours of working life.
“When we first came here, there wasn’t many ex pats as well, even coaches here but now with that, there are already people who moved over and there’s 15-20 good athletes,” she said.
“Also, you’ve got a lot more members – locals, it’s expanded hugely. I think it’s just because the more people that join, the more it spreads.”
Jamie Green is a Reebok sponsored athlete