Wanna learn Haka, powhiri or cricket? Summer camp is calling!

Wanna learn Haka, powhiri or cricket? Summer camp is calling!
Kids at a Haka camp

Dubai - The UAE has got parents covered when it comes to keeping the kids entertained during the summer hols


Kelly Clarke

Published: Sun 4 Jun 2017, 10:15 PM

Last updated: Mon 5 Jun 2017, 12:19 AM

Do you know what a powhiri is? How about the Haka? Well, if you're sat there scratching your head, figuring out just what these terms mean, then why not put your best foot forward and learn something different this summer.
We're just weeks away from schools shutting up shop for the long, hot summer, but with that comes the dawn of the UAE's much-loved summer camp offerings.
From football, to cricket, and arts and crafts to swimming, parents may have pulled the short straw having to work over the next few months, but the UAE has got them covered when it comes to keeping the kids entertained.
One camp that has caught Khaleej Times' attention this time around is the Haka Rugby Camp, which is showcasing for the first time in Dubai.
More than just a sports camp, Troy Nathan, co-owner of Haka Rugby Global, said this experience is "50 per cent rugby, and 50 per cent culture".
"We're about promoting multiculturalism and rugby as a tool to develop future world leaders," he said.
With Dubai a melting pot of different nationalities and cultures, Nathan said boys and girls enrolled in the five day camp (from July 30 to August 3) will learn the traditions and culture surrounding the world famous Haka - a traditional war cry, war dance, or challenge from the Maori people of New Zealand - all while being coached by professional rugby players and former stars of the mighty New Zealand All Blacks.
Although the camp has quality, professional coaches on board, Nathan said they're not trying to build "future Rugby players", but more, they're aiming to build on a child's personal development.
"Children learn a discipline and respect like never before and parents find their children have grown in a short space of time," he said.
And besides sporting skills, he said children will learn the importance of brotherhood and respect too.
But as we said, Dubai has lots on offer this summer as far as camps are concerned. So, if you're more into your cricket, then Qasim Ali from the ICC Academy (ICCA) Junior Summer Camp at Dubai Sports City, has just the ticket.
"Our summer camps give children the opportunity to continue physical development through cricket, all while making new friends. It's all about having fun over the summer," he said.
While in camp, Ali said children can expect expertly designed cricket coaching, video analysis to improve skills, as well as a healthy bit of competition.
And although their camp runs five days a week for the first four weeks (from 9am to 12pm), Ali said for working parents, they can drop their kids off early and pick them up later, at no additional cost.
"For parents convenience we open our drop off zone from 8.30am and they can collect children a little later too, up to 1pm, if more convenient."

Know some of the summer camps in UAE

(1) ICC Academy Junior Summer Camp - ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

Programme > A fun-filled 8 weeks of cricket coaching, games and cricket skill development in a world class facility frequented by cricket's best in show.
When > Batch 1: July 2 to July 27 (5 days a week, 9am to 12pm); Batch 2 > July 30 to August 22 (3 days a week, 9am to 12pm)
Who > Boys and girls aged 6-12-years old.
Fee > Batch 1: Dh700 per week (no tie ins); Batch 2: Dh350 per week (no tie ins) *Lunch not included
Register: Phone: 04-4481355, Email: info@iccacademy.net or visit ICCA, Dubai Sports City in person.

(2) City Football Schools - IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

Programme > The camps will give both boys and girls the opportunity to improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun
When > Week 1: June 25-29; Week 2: July 2-6; Week 3 : July 9-13 (Sunday to Thursday, 8.30am to 2.30pm)
Who > Boys and Girls aged 5-12-years-old
Fee > Dh950 per week
Register > Phone: +971(0)56 420 5685; Email: cfs.abudhabi@cityfootball.com or visit: www.cityfootballschools.com;

(3) Haka Rugby Camp - Dubai Sports World, Dubai

Programme > Campers will get a unique opportunity to experience the New Zealand culture, Maori protocols and Kiwi life like a professional rugby player.
When > July 30 to August 3
Who > Boys and Girls aged 6-18-years-old
Fee > Dh1,500
Register > Phone: 04 4562482 Email: info@ignitehaka.ae or visit: www.hakarugby.ae

(4) Dubai Holiday Camps-Summer Camp, Dubai (Dubai International Academy, Collegiate American School,Deira International School)

Programme: A host of different activities to keep the kids boredom-free from mini dodge ball, to football and gymnastics to martial arts.
When > June 25 to August 24 (8am to 2pm or 8am to 5pm)
Fee: Dh200 for half day or Dh 225 per day; Dh750 for half day week or Dh900 per full day week
Register: Visit: www.dubaiholidaycamps.com or Email: admin@dubaiholidaycamps.com

(5) Al Nasr Leisureland Summer Camp, Dubai

Programme > Kids will enjoy everything including swimming, skating, cooking and baking classes, arts & craft, dance, henna, painting, magic show, and more.
Who > Boys and girls aged 7-13-years-old
When > June 4 - August 24 (for timings, call branch)
Who > Various age groups
Fee > Dh1,000 (inclusive of 12 skating coupons plus two T-Shirts free)
Register > Phone: 04 3371234

(6) Summer Circus at Odyssey Nursery, Dubai

Programme > Come one, come all! Step right up and have a ball! From learning sensory skills to art, and drama to gymnastics, enjoy variety at this summer camp.
When >July 2 to August 24 (Batch 1: 8am to 2pm; Batch 2: 8am to 6pm)
Who > Various age groups
Fee > 8am to 2pm (Dh900); 8am to 6pm (Dh1100) Inclusive of meals
Register: Phone: 050 872 2110; Email: info@odysseynursery.com or visit: odysseynursery.com

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