UAE Team Emirates to launch next phase of cycling initiative

By Angel Chan

DUBAI 16 April 2019: Following the success of academies run across Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the past 12 months, the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy  announced its plans to initiate the second phase of its 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, said Wam.

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.

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.

Dubai Gazette