Being active is crucial to the development of healthy children and it aids in physical, social and emotional wellbeing. As school starts, many parents are looking to enrol their children in athletic activities and nowhere in the capital has better options than Zayed Sports City. This sprawling complex is a national icon, home to more than 30 sports to explore, and is Abu Dhabi's hub for youth sports.

This is Your Turf
A variety of sports are played on the lush green pitches that are abundant at Zayed Sports City. Top sporting clubs Manchester City FC and Harlequins Rugby Club have established youth training academies here and they have programmes that attract a following thanks to high quality coaching and a great atmosphere.

Ice Sports are Cool
Few people realise just how popular ice skating is in the desert! The city's only Olympic sized ice rink is located at Zayed Sports City and it's used for four great kids programmes. For those new to the ice, Learn to Skate is the best way to get your footing. After learning the basics, continue with courses or try a new sport: ice hockey is offered through Abu Dhabi Ice Sports Club, Emirates Skating Club is the place for figure skaters to learn and compete, and the ringette club will get you hooked on their growing sport.

A Place to Ace
Tons of exciting tennis happens at Zayed Sports City and kids are getting in on the action too. PSS Tennis Academy operates lessons for youth and organises tournaments to help them develop their skills throughout the year. Kids as young as three are getting in on the fun through mini-tennis, a scaled down version of the game that is perfect for little ones.

Hi-ya Aikido
In Emirates Aikido Centre, Sensei Diyab encourages kids to put away the technology and focus their minds. The highest ranked UAE national in the practice, his passion and experience help develop discipline, patience and agility.

Get Bowled Over
If your little one want to turn his gutter-ball frown upside-down, the brand new Learn to Bowl programme at Zayed Sports City is sure to strike your fancy. Run by experienced staff, it will have them bowling bumper-free in no time!

Fitness Without the Run Around
Two amazing fitness providers at Zayed Sports City are ready to get your kids running, jumping, dancing and sweating. Haddins Fitness operates a Youth Sports Academy that will help develop your budding athlete into a superstar. Meanwhile, at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi offers fun and funky classes like Zumba and yoga that can't be beat.

Party Time! Excellent!
When another year has passed, no matter the milestone, Zayed Sports City knows how to throw a great party. Packages for kids offer hassle-free planning for all of your favourite activities including bowling, ice skating, paintball, Wet ‘N Wild, football, and even bouncy castles!

For information on the great youth programmes happening this season visit, email or call 02 403 4200.