38-year-old Brazilian instructor Alessandro Rodrigues lets children get a feel of boxing. He also trains them in acrobatics.
Abu Dhabi: A large number of children have been availing a wide range of exclusive indoor games and activities which are currently open to them at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club in the capital.
Lately, the club has been hosting the Summer Kids Camp giving children an opportunity to learn skills and enjoy entertainment activities at one of the most sophisticated and well-guarded facilities in Abu Dhabi.
Families can get their children registered at the club to enjoy activities like football, bowling, Zumba, swimming, shooting, life skills, martial arts, arts and crafts, team building, basketball and field trips.
Ahmad Al Nuwaimi, 8, who was playing bowling, said, “For a week, I have been coming here to play at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club. It is a very nice place because it has some many different games and a cinema theatre where we can watch cartoons and movies.”
All activities are in fully air-conditioned and well-guarded facilities. The club also provides transportation and lunch at its restaurant.
The parents don’t have to worry about their kids as the club bus picks children from their homes and drops them back at their doorsteps. Before dropping them back, a bus attendant calls their parents and inform the arrival of the bus.
Some children are dropped off by parents or accompanied by their family maids.
Ahmad Ali Mohammad Al Nuwaimi, 8, said, “I Like football, cinema and bowling. It’s more fun at the club. It has so many activities to do. My mother brings me here each day.”
Speaking to Gulf News, Alessandro Rodrigues, the 38-year-old Brazilian instructor at the boxing section of the club, said, “I give them training in self-defence, boxing, acrobatics and different kinds of exercises.
“I don’t only tell them about the punches and martial arts but also train them in some specific punches and kicking,” Rodrigues said.
He asserted that in today’s life, it’s very important to learn some basic self-defence skills.
“In fact, some parents instructed me to teach their kids self-defence so that they can protect themselves from getting bullied in the school,” he said.
“I don’t teach them to fight on the street but I instruct them to learn how to protect themselves,” Rodrigues said, adding such practices keep youngsters mentally strong and physically fit.
He trains more than 100 children each day who are divided into different categories as per their ages.
Saif Ali, 7, was busy watching a cartoon movie at the cinema hall. He said, “I like swimming, playing games at the play station. My sister and I joined activities at the club for the first time and we both go for swimming, bowling and cinema. We are really enjoying.”
Children start at 9am and return home by 2.30pm after having a sumptuous lunch at the club’s restaurant.
The Summer Kids Camp started on July 8 and would conclude on August 9. Children aged between five and 12 can participate in different kinds of activities.
Those interested to join activities at the club can email to firstname.lastname@example.org.