News | UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy • April 15, 2019
UAE Team Emirates gears up to launch second phase of its cycling initiative
Following the success of academies run across Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the past 12 months, the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy today announced its plans to initiate phase two of the cycling initiative.
The Youth Academy is set to roll out in three different schools across Abu Dhabi – Al Rabeeh School, Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys and ADNOC Sas Al Nakhl – throughout the months of April and May. The sessions will see over 50 hours of coaching delivered by qualified cycling instructors, to more than 300 youngsters between the age of 8-11, focusing on key elements of fitness, bike handling and technique.
The Youth Academy will culminate in a cycling showcase in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 4th May.
The latest announcement reiterates the team’s ambition of encouraging the next generation of UAE cyclists. It also follows a largely successful trial run of the Youth Academy at Aldar Academies Al Yasmina School in October, where over 100 youngsters aged 5-15 years old participated in a clinic and had the chance to meet the team’s star riders including UAE National Champion, Yousif Mirza and Tour de France stage winners, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin.
Commenting on the Youth Academy, Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri, UAE Team Emirates’ President said: “The UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy has already impacted the lives of hundreds of youngsters across the Emirates and we are thrilled to be able to build on the foundations we’ve created over the past 12 months. With the right programme and delivery, we truly believe that the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy has the potential to be the bedrock of youth cycling in the UAE.”
The sessions will be tailored to each child’s individual needs, whilst improving their all-round cycling ability. Some youngsters will also have the opportunity to learn from UAE Team Emirates’ Yousif Mirza. The UAE National Champion became the first ever cyclist to represent the UAE at the Olympic Games and has achieved recent success with the UAE National Team, picking up a Stage victory at the Tour of Egypt. The Emirati star will offer advice and guidance to the youngsters and share his success story in the hope of inspiring the youngsters to take up cycling.
The first session of the three-week initiative will start at Al Rabeeh School, Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 15th April. Phil Yates, Assistant Head Teacher at Al Rabeeh School said: “We are very excited to welcome the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy to our school; this offers a brilliant opportunity for our students to take their interest in cycling to the next level, under the guidance of professional trainers fully committed to advancing our student’s skillset. We also believe that regular exercise can have an extremely positive impact on the physiological and psychological health of our students, so look forward to welcoming the Youth Academy over the coming weeks.”
Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri added: “The UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy is aligned with the government’s health and wellness objectives in that we are striving to instil a sense of healthy living in our future generation and encourage them to lead more active lifestyles. With new cycle lanes and tracks being developed at a rapid rate, the opportunities for cyclists are endless. Whilst UAE Team Emirates plays a fundamental and aspirational role for any young cyclist, the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy can be the start of an amazing journey that could potentially results in a future at the top of the sport.”
The UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy will visit schools on the following dates:
Al Rabeeh School (16th April, 23rd April & 30th April)
Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys (17th April, 24th April & 1st May)
ADNOC Sas Al Nakhl (18th April, 25th April & 2nd May)