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Get kids involved in sports

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In today’s world where there is a growing overdependence on gadgets, why not enlist your child in a sports programme to keep him fit. There is a huge range of options available in the UAE.

Most swimming academies offer professional lessons for all abilities and ages. These tackle the basics of swimming such as stroke development and include a competitive swim squad. As competency levels advance, there is competitive training starting at Dh65 per lesson. Benefits from swimming are enormous.

Martial arts classes are good for kids, too. Certified institutes offer group classes or one-on-one instruction in karate, judo, taekwondo and aikido, among others, facilitated by accredited teachers. Some institutes offer classes in segments of three days. Charge is usually around Dh300 per month excluding uniform.

Tennis lessons are open to children of all levels and ages groups. Skills such as stroke fundamentals, court awareness, enhancement, strategy and scoring are taught. Classes generally start at Dh95 per lesson.

Cricket is taught on a longer basis with classes usually running up to 10 weeks. Scoring runs, fielding, tactics and wicket skills are discussed. Fees start at Dh85 per session.

Football coaching is taught by qualified coaches to bolster the technical growth and development of young athletes. Fees start at Dh75 per session.

Lessons in many other sports are available as well.

Handy Hints
• Sports lessons are offered all over the country
• These enable children to unplug from technology
• These boost confidence and interpersonal skills

Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer