Around 100 children are learning a variety of sports skills at Al Etihad Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi.
Shamila Jamaluddin, Staff Reporter
The spring holiday season for the youngsters just got over and the children are back in school. How do you think some capital children coped their off school season?
An inescapable reality of today is the excessive screen time spent both by adults and children.
However, a few parents who spoke with Gulf Today said in order to divert their wards away from the mobile phones and online games they escorted them to the playgrounds instead.
Sports are fun be it cricket, football, basket ball, tennis, giving children fitness, health including a shapely body structure. Parents at Al Ethihad Sports Academy (AESA), Abu Dhabi, said they preferred the outdoor sports skills for their sons and daughters, during the spring vacation, than time spent at home with an indoor play station.
Vincent Mathews from Goa, India, whose young son aged nine and daughter aged eleven are sports’ students at AESA said “not only during Spring, Summer or Winter vacation camps, I would rather my children spent outdoors regularly all year round.”
Apart from the enjoyment of the game Vincent wants his wards to learn to focus and learn to work in a group. Majority of parents spoken to told Gulf Today that they believe that Sports Academies help a lot with this.
Mathews whose son plays football and daughter engages in cricket at AESA said, “My children love the sports they do, they are confident and enjoy the games. The coaches are exceptional and I enjoy the training as much as my children do. Friday and Saturday have become their favourite days of the week.”
There are millions of sports parents found today, but how many of them could actually be described as great sports parents?
The majority of parents at AESA said not only do they prefer to send their wards during the different seasons like the Spring, Summer or Winter camps but right round the year they would want to keep their children occupied physically.
A few parents quipped that they too enjoy the outing with their wards on weekends,“Socializing with other parents and to watch our wards being trained at sports academies also do take away our time spent on iPads, smartphones and televisions,” they joked.
Around 100 children are learning a variety of sports skills at AESA. Eighty five percent of the students are Indian nationals, five per cent Pakistanis including other nationalities too.
Thousands of UAE community members on Friday walked three kilometres to show solidarity with millions of children in developing countries who cover the same distance every day to go to school.
As young people are increasingly at risk, acquiring in-depth knowledge and raising awareness about negative implications of drugs through school’s curricula is extremely crucial and far more effective.
The Expo School Programme has unveiled four dedicated school tours of Expo 2020 Dubai, costing Dhs50 per student per journey.
Two educators in Dubai—one a practising lawyer from the US and the other, a human resources/psychology expert/journalist in the Philippines—have reminded parents of their huge responsibility in getting involved with their children’s lives especially so that several studies from all parts of the world have disclosed the wicked effects of the unmonitored and unhealthy use of the Internet and the social media.
The Abu Dhabi Police called on drivers to abide by safe driving rules and turn on the vehicle’s lights while driving at night between sunset to sunrise. They also called on them to use the vehicle lights when necessary to alert others and avoid possible accidents and injuries.
The Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation upheld a judgment that obligated a yacht’s owner to pay compensation of Dhs2.058 million to the insurance company, which compensated a number of yachts damaged by a fire caused by the first yacht.
“In my view, overseas Pakistanis should not only get the voting rights but should be allowed to be members of Parliament and Senate as well. No one can understand the problems of expats better than the overseas Pakistanis themselves. Their contribution towards uplifting the country’s economy is immense. Their services should be recognised,” Hans said.
The UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and there are people from different expatriate communities who saw this ‘Golden’ journey through their eyes. Munawar Hussain, a Pakistani expatriate, who has been residing in the country since 1970 is one of them.
Hailing from Sialkot, Hussain’s journey to reach Dubai was not easy or smooth.