Academy to build on bumper year with 300+ registered kids and 9 students called up for UAE Youth National Camps.
Monday, 22 August – Abu Dhabi: Zayed Cricket Academy (ZCA) gets back underway with another fun and action-packed Term 1 programme, starting 29 August, as it builds on a productive year for the prestigious academy.
“Our dual target is to promote participation and fun at junior levels, while providing the best-in-class facilities for our elite players to harness their ambitions and, ultimately, represent both Team Abu Dhabi and the UAE men’s and women’s national teams,” said Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO, Matt Boucher.
“This is the best Academy in the country for cricketers to develop thanks to our world-class coaching and unrivalled playing opportunities. We also provide an environment that is inclusive, welcoming, fun and completely transparent, which is why hundreds of parents trust us with their children every day.”
Our dual target is to promote participation and fun at junior levels, while providing the best-in-class facilities for our elite players to harness their ambitions and, ultimately, represent both Team Abu Dhabi and the UAE men's and women's national teams
Matt Boucher, CEO, ADC
Earlier in 2022, nine Zayed Cricket Academy players were called up to UAE youth national team camps, while the inaugural ZCA Premier League gave players a taste of international professional franchise cricket.
The weekly Girls Power session continues for girls aged 19 and under this season, while mixed sessions are run at all age groups from U6 to U19 to provide equal opportunities for everyone at the academy which is open 6 days a week.
Since the start of 2022, Zayed Cricket Academy has held a spring camp with Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling, and player masterclasses from Sir Alastair Cook and Tom Banton. Some of Zayed Cricket Academy’s U13, U16 and U19 players are currently touring the UK and India in the lead-up to the new terms, while there are summer camps being run for U16 and U19 players.
Start with finding your child the most suitable cricket program by reaching out to the team on [email protected] or 056 777 9964. Anyone interested in signing up for the academy can do so via https://booking.abudhabicricket.ae. There are a variety of discounts available for new members, with full term prices starting at AED 600.
About Abu Dhabi Cricket:
Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC) is a world-class, multi-purpose competition and training facility for recreational and social use together with separate facilities for elite sports teams, superb pitches for international matches and academies for the development of tomorrow’s sports stars. ADC is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, operating under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan.
ADC is the venue of choice for hosting all of Abu Dhabi’s international cricket matches – having seen everything from fixtures between India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and the West Indies.
Zayed Cricket Stadium was the only venue in the world to host as many as 139 matches across four of cricket’s formats during the pandemic as Abu Dhabi Cricket became the focal centre for international cricket from 2019-2021, welcoming the world’s largest tournaments and tours, including:
- 2020 & 2021 Indian Premier League
- 2021 Pakistan Super League
- 2020 & 2021 Abu Dhabi T10
- 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
ADC’s current international flagship event is the bold new Abu Dhabi T10 – bringing together over 120 of the biggest names in world cricket to compete in the game’s shortest format. The 2021 Covid-secure hosting of the edition drew over 80,000 fans to ADC across the record-breaking 15-day event.
The facility has ushered in an exciting new era of sport in Abu Dhabi by significantly investing in the complex to deliver outstanding facilities and operational upgrades to suit the most demanding of professional sporting needs, while embedding a culture of sport and fitness within the local community.
In addition to the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium, the venue now boasts the following impressive facilities: 2 x international cricket ovals, 4 x community cricket grounds, 20 x international standard cricket nets, 2 x junior cricket academy ovals , 6 x junior cricket academy nets, 3 x floodlit netball courts, 2 x floodlit basketball courts, 5-a-side “Soccer City”, 4 x multi-purpose floodlit AstroTurf pitches, 8 x international football pitches, 8 x padel tennis courts, 2 x squad courts, 9 x tennis courts, 2 x beach volleyball courts, a gymnasium, and a restaurant & cafe.
Though cricket is at the core of operations, ADC also prides itself on the world-class facilities available to sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities – from elite international athletes to over 14,000 community athletes who use the facility and services on a weekly basis across 32 different sports.
About Abu Dhabi Sports Council:
Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.
The sports council supports the organisation and hosting of many international sporting events in Abu Dhabi. These include the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, UAE Tour, WTA Abu Dhabi International Women’s Tennis Championship, World Triathlon Championship, Leaders Sports Business Summit, Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and IJF Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam.
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, Spartan World Championship, World Swimming Championships, Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and many other international events cement the reputation and position of Abu Dhabi as a global destination for sport.
ADSC believes that global and community sporting events provide many positive opportunities, most notably the encouragement of all segments and groups of society to practice sports activities. Make the practice of sport a daily lifestyle, representing its positive impact on public health.
ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These include improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and enhancing the reputation of the emirate as a world-class sporting destination.
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