For those families with boys – or girls – aged from 3 to 12 who love to play football (soccer), there are opportunities here in Al Ain to play often.
Doctor Abdel Noureldin (on the right in the photo), who works at Tawam Hospital, one of a number of hospitals in town, runs a fabulous club which meets 3 nights a week: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7.40pm at the Rugby Club at the Palm Resort. I think Sunday nights is for the older children and Tuesdays for the younger children, then everyone plays on a Thursday evening.
The children are split into teams: under 5s, 5-7s, 8-9s, 10-11s. (There is also a team for older boys.)
Then they play in their age groups on a superb stretch of grass that I consider to be better quality than anything my sons have played on in the UK. It’s the size of 2 rugby pitches because that’s what it is!
About 120 children are registered and most turn up twice a week.
If you are not a member of the Rugby Club, you pay a reasonable fee to be able to use the pitch for the year.
Contact the good doctor at ahn31 at hotmail dot com.