Getting Emirati Kids Moving!
Alameda Tri Team have started the triathlon promotion activity in the Middle East for 2018 from the United Arab Emirates, and specifically in the Emirate of Sharjah.
With some major high profile triathlon events taking place in the country throughout the year, we believe that it is our duty to make sure that local Emiratis benefit from having such events in the country, with an ultimate goal of seeing some Emirati champions participate and compete on the world stage, especially when the World Triathlon Grand Final comes to the country in just few years!
"The UAE has some amazing facilities and world class triathlon events that are second to none, not just in the Arab region, but worldwide," said Hassan Afifi, Team Principal. He continued "Alameda Tri Team was created to see more Arabs step up on the world stage, and we see no better place to do this than here. We have to make sure that all the facilities and events benefit the local community, and we are now actively working with local entities to do just that.
"We would also love to see a healthier Emirati community, where people of all ages are leading a healthy and positive lifestyle, which will come from making sure every person who participates in our programmes becomes a role model to those around them."
To help encourage young people to participate in triathlon, the Team ran workshops for coaches at all eight Sharjah Youth Centres, focusing on how to encourage more young people to participate safely in the sport of triathlon while having fun in a structured manner.
The coach training workshops included both theory and practice, with coaches trying the swimming, cycling, running and triathlon skill sessions for themselves. Additionally, more technical training has been provided by our Team in order to ensure that all coaches know exactly what to do, as well as how to attract and maintain young people’s attention and build a healthy group.
While each of the eight Sharjah Youth Centres have basic bicycles, Alameda Tri Team have donated two road bikes per centre in order to also make sure that no one is left behind regardless of their means. The Team have also donated some basic training shirts to the Youth Centres.
Finally, our team advisors have met with Youth Centre management in order to make arrangements for an internal triathlon competition, which will take place early May 2018. All logistical and technical aspects of the competition were studied and discussed in order to have it as a first goal for those who will be starting the programme beginning of February.
We have to say that, everyone at Alameda Tri Team have been very impressed with the cooperation and the enthusiasm of all those involved from the Sharjah Youth Centres, and how quickly they have started to implement our recommendations.
We shall be following up with Sharjah Youth Centres to make sure they always have whatever is needed to run a successful, safe and fun triathlon programme for their members.
Members of Alameda Tri Team who were directly involved in delivering the programme were: Hassan Afifi (Team Principal), Youssra Abou El Naga (Academy Manager), Sara Kuzbari (UAE Academy Manager), Dr Mo El-Fatih (Marketing Manager), Ahmed Salama (Academy Head Coach).
Everyone in the Team is looking forward to meeting the young people of Sharjah next month when we're here for the WTS Abu Dhabi!